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Monday, April 18, 2011

Smoking Ban Enforcement Funding Cut

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Catch me if you can, you strict bastard.
  • Catch me if you can, you strict bastard.

The open secret in Cleveland — a town that loves to bend the rules into all types of contortions — is that there are some places where you can still smoke, even though you’re not supposed to be able to smoke. Wink wink. Nudge nudge. You know what we’re talking about, pockets of sanity, a free zone from government finger wagging.

But the law is hot to even these junior varsity forms of public disobedience; there was state money set aside to fund investigations into complaints of secret smokers. Was, because this enforcement purse has been clipped from the state’s budget. In the past, the Ohio Department of Health had up to $1.16 million to track down violations last year, but nothing now.

Despite the budget cuts, the witch hunt enforcement will continue, so reports the Sandusky Register. In order to fund the investigations, the department will collect $1.5 million in unpaid fines. Yeah, let’s throw the breaks on this for a second. So they used $1.16 million to investigate allegation of ban violations, racked up $1.5 million in fines resulting from said investigations, but didn’t collect them?

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