Kasich wants to relax wage, prison rules

COLUMBUS (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect John Kasich says he wants to balance Ohio’s strapped budget by eliminating union-scale wages on public construction jobs and revisiting laws that send nonviolent offenders to prison.

Kasich made the remarks today at an event to announce his nominee for tax commissioner: former Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa.

Kasich described the idea of sending fewer Ohioans to prison for nonviolent crimes, including those involving drugs, as “low-hanging fruit” that state leaders should have picked long ago to make ends meet. Ohio’s next budget faces an estimated $8 billion hole.

Kasich defeated Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland last month in a campaign centered on the state’s ailing economy.

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