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City Club of Cleveland - The Fiscal Crisis of the States

Join us for a discussion of how the severe decline in the economy affects state budgets across the country. The federal government can operate in a deficit, most states are required by their constitutions to balance their budgets, and the projected shortfalls are enormous. Ohio is typical in how we are facing this crisis - and the implications for what will have to be cut and how it will affect Northeast Ohio will be discussed when State Representatives William Batchelder and Armond Budish visit The City Club.

State Representative William Batchelder returned to the Ohio House of Representatives in January 2007, having previously served in the Ohio Legislature for 30 years. He represents the 69th House District, which includes portions of Medina County.

Representative Batchelder is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Medina County Township Association and the Grange. He is also a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America and the American Legion. Representative Batchelder currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Masonic Learning Center for Children - an organization that treats children with dyslexia. He is also an active participant in the Scanlon Inn of Court.

Representative Batchelder graduated from Medina High School and received his bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and his law degree from The Ohio State University. He is an attorney at the Williams and Batchelder Law Firm in Medina and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Akron and Cleveland State University.

State Representative Armond D. Budish is in his first term serving residents in eastern Cuyahoga County, including the 3rd and 4th wards of Cleveland.

Rep. Budish earned his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and his law degree from New York University Law School. Rep. Budish is currently a partner in the firm of Budish, Solomon, Steiner and Peck, Ltd. where he specializes in consumer law, estate planning and elder law.
January 9, 2009