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Kasich wants to relax wage, prison rules

Published: Thu, December 9, 2010 @ 3:05 p.m.

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.


1SkyKing310B(289 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Amen Censored. The prevailing wage rules were nothing more than a way to redistribute more tax dollars and drive up costs. We should also have a house cleaning on Death row.

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2Eric(196 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

So we have drugs and crime all around us, and this guy wants to let these criminals out of prison so they can sell drugs to our kids and steal the retirement funds from our senior citizens. If anything, they need longer sentences. This is typical of a conservative. Always have crazy ideas that people should always be given a chance.

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3goman71(104 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

im a union electrician and i bust my ass for my money and the people who complain about my wages i invite you to work with me for one day. this isnt a job at gm or government jobs , this is hard work that i doubt the guys happy to see prevailing wages eliminated could even perform .not to mention that nonunion construction workers have higher absenteensim rate , subpar skills and dont have mandatory drug testing like we have. everything cant be done on the cheap , folks. and for the folks that think prices are higher for union workers would be suprised to know that this areas largest non union electricial contractor charges more per hour than my company.but if you think were overpaid , put on a hardhat and come to work with me for one day. you'll need motrin by the end of the day

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