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Government and Politics

Governor Kasich touts business climate and State Issue 2
Kasich tells Akron Roundtable that many public employees fail to pay a share of their health care or pension costs.

Mark Urycki
Governor Kasich wants to move quickly to change Ohio
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Governor John Kasich told the Akron Roundtable yesterday (Tues) that Ohio was dying when he took office. But after nine months in office, the Republican is promoting what he sees as his successes and suggesting more changes he has in store for the state.   WKSU’s Mark Urycki has details.


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Former Lehman Brothers executive John Kasich likes to get things done in a hurry and he says businesses do to.   The governor insists his administration has been making big gains keeping businesses here.    He says Green-based Diebold, for example, was on its way out of the Ohio.

KASICH "And we were able to get up there, not me but my folks were able to get up there and bring an answer to the problems that they had.  And the beautiful about keeping Diebold, which is a hardware and a software company,   at the same time  it also revives the Canton-Akron Airport (sic).” 

Kasich says eliminating the estate tax in Ohio will keep rich people here.   And eliminating red tape will keep businesses. He says regulation kills…

KASICH   "In Indiana, they had a slogan: ‘If you want to open a business, open it up and we’ll get to the paperwork later.’   I want to steal that.  I’m now gonna say, ‘If you have business, open it up and we’ll get to the paperwork later.’” 

The governor also touts drilling into the shale under Ohio for gas and oil as a gold rush.   And he says leasing the Ohio turnpike – or borrowing against it -- could raise billions of dollars for other projects.     

 KASICH   "We begin the process of dredging  our harbors.  We can begin the process of fixing our arteries, of developing the kind of infrastructure in Ohio that, number 1, create jobs up front because they will be shovel ready. And number 2,  They will be designed to put roads where we can improve productivity."

Kasich is also stumping for State Issue Two. The new state law restricts collective bargaining for public employees in Ohio. Opponents stalled it by forcing a voter referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot.

They argue that Kasich and Issue 2 supporters are leaning on false arguments to push the law. They’re focusing on pensions and healthcare and saying public workers don’t pay their fair share. A study by the State Employee Relations Board finds more than 93 percent of public employees in Ohio pay towards their pensions and they pay an average  of 10  percent of their health care costs.  But Kasich said the pro-Issue 2 commercials are valid.

 KASICH:   “You can’t have people pay for somebody else who doesn’t pay.   When people realize we’re asking for 10 percent pension and 15 percent health care.  Most Ohioans would say ‘Well why aren’t they?’” 

URYCKI: “What employees are not paying that?

KASICH :  “A lot of employees are paying nothing or very little of it.

URYCKI: “But they say that’s what they negotiate for instead of higher incomes.  They ask for better benefits.

 KASICH: “Well the problem is, The American Enterprise Institute did a study on public employees vs. private. And when you calculate everything in from pay and benefits and job security, they’ve got about a 31 percent advantage to public employees. "

 Early voting on Issue Two,  and every other state and local race, began yesterday.

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As I look at Kasich's arguments about issue 2, he is saying that the unions are making lives better for the people that belong to them. Why, then, would he want to cobble them?

Posted by: Mark (Stark County) on October 5, 2011 8:10AM
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