1) Is the Pope Catholic?
2) Does a bear dump in the woods?
3) Is water wet?
4) Do politicians lie?
Apparently, Ohio's deal with the tobacco companies to use their tobacco settlement on an anti smoking campaign is not happening as originally intended.
Ten years ago, Ohio won the tobacco lottery.
It was among 46 states to join a lawsuit accusing tobacco producers of using unfair advertising to get smokers addicted to nicotine. Smelling bankruptcy, 11 tobacco companies and industry trade groups agreed to a settlement, promising the states $260 billion in payments spread out over 25 years.
Bob Taft, as the newly elected governor, convinced the state legislature to budget nearly half of Ohio's $10 billion share of the settlement for school construction projects - the state was entangled in a major lawsuit over school funding at the time - and the other half for anti-smoking programs sponsored by the new Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation.But years of successive raids on the tobacco foundation - mostly to balance the state budget - have depleted its original $330 million endowment.
Now the fund - meant to last a lifetime and with a record of slashing smoking rates - will be snuffed out within two years, its caretakers say.
Brought to you by the same liars that brought you, "the lottery will fix our public school funding" and "this tax increase will only be temporary".
OOP's...... What's that sound? That's the sound of another resident crossing the Brent Spence bridge for a red state. Before the toll of course.