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Kasich moves speech location

Published: Thu, February 24, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.


Governor John Kasich

By David Skolnick



Gov. John Kasich moved today’s speech to the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber to save him travel time and help those attending the event avoid protesters, his spokesman said.

“If there are protesters or disruptions, it’s easier for [guests] to get in and out” of the new location, said Rob Nichols, Kasich’s spokesman.

The luncheon is being held at a hangar at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna.

Local union members, their supporters still plan to protest across the street from the entrance to the airport on Youngstown-Kingsville Road, said Andy Richards, spokesman for the Ohio AFL-CIO.

The protesters object to a Republican bill, supported by Kasich, also a Republican, to eliminate collective bargaining for state employees, and his “anti-worker tone,” he said.

“People are trying to get their voices heard, and he doesn’t want to talk with people about this issue,” Richards said. “Instead, he’ll be spending taxpayer money to fly into the airport and for increased state police presence.”

The noon luncheon was to be at Leo’s Ristorante on East Market Street in Howland.

“The guests will have easier access” to and from the event, Nichols said. “We think it will be a lot smoother.”

About 1,000 protesters showed up Tuesday at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet at the city’s Memorial Civic Center, according to an article in The Canton Repository.

Thousands have gone to the Statehouse last week and Tuesday to protest the proposal.

“He’s running and hiding from those who want to show their disagreement with the way he governs,” said state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, a vocal opponent of the collective-bargaining bill.

State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, who is attending the luncheon, said of Kasich: “You can run, but you can’t hide when you’re the governor. The governor doesn’t want to see or hear criticism of decisions he’s directly involved in. This is unheard of.”

Also, Nichols contends the new location “saves about an hour in travel time” for Kasich. The governor’s plane will fly to and from the airport.

Online searches of the travel time between Leo’s and the airport by The Vindicator show that trip is 10 to 15 minutes each way.

Gerberry laughed at the time-savings reason saying Leo’s is very close to the airport.

The Kasich luncheon has been planned for several weeks. It wasn’t until Monday that Kasich’s staff asked the event be relocated.

When asked why the venue change came so late, Nichols said, “It’s the way it came together.”

Kasich plans to discuss his vision for making Ohio more competitive to businesses and outline his JobsOhio plan, which was signed into law last week. The plan privatizes the state’s economic development efforts.

The Kasich luncheon sold all 480 tickets available 24 hours after the event was announced, said Thomas Humphries, chamber president and chief executive officer.


1sc7422(23 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I couldn't agree more! This man is a coward! Not to good if your running and hiding in your second month of office..Senate Bill 5 is ridiculous and needs to be defeated..The working class did not cause an 8 Billion dollar deficit!!!

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago


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3personalresponsibility(11 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I really wish the majority of citizens (and democrats) would understand basic economics. Public Worker Unions help elect their own bosses (Democratic politicians over 95% of the time), and then negotiate with them over taxpayer money, putting the public interest at odds with union interests. JFK was wrong and FDR was right "the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service." Too bad its taken states 50 odd years to figure that out. Public Unions = Lost Societal Benefits, just as a monopoly does...simple as Econ 101.

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4InColumbiana(63 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

What a coward our Gov is! He is complaining about tax deficit, how much is his use of that hanger going to cost us? If he thinks he's representing the people, then he needs to get his scardy little butt out there and talk to the people.

Why are we spending millions to outsource business development and at the same time taking our public services to the bottom of the barrel? What business wants to relocate to where there's no fire, no police and no education for the work force?

for personalresponsibility and their ilk, you watch, the next target will be the minimum wage. Just wait and see how society works when people can't even afford to rent an appartment or own a car. See how many taxes the state collects then.

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5glbtactivist(321 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Kasich and his owner Koch want to destroy the last group of workers who make a middle class living. Public sector workers are never rich, but they do make above poverty, unlike the new private sector worker situation where we have to provide food stamps for employees of the largest employer in the US, Walmart.

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6dd933(312 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

SB5 is not about the budget deficit, it's about the corporate sponsored politicians effort to break the unions. The legislation goes along with his "Jobs Ohio" policy which means "Low Paying Jos Ohio." First the state employees, including the Highway Patrol, then local government workers and pretty soon we'll be just like Arizona - no unions and still a big deficit.
The only way the deficit will go away is if the rich people start paying their fair share in taxes. I don't think the Governor really cares about the deficit - it's just an excuse to break the unions.

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7walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Most posters to this site do not understand that basic fact about public sector workers. They are able to vote themselves a raise by selecting their bosses in the election. I have previously made the point that there is no adversarial relationship in this bargaining because management stands to lose nothing in the negotiations since it is not their money they are giving away. It is the taxpayer's money. In fact, when they give the union workers more, they in turn will also get more. They share the same pension funds, for pete's sake. Look at the county engineer employees getting 24% premium payments into their pensions all contributed by the taxpayer. It is a win-win situation for both sides and the taxpayer is left holding the bill! My solution would be that if the public workers insist on keeping collective bargaining, they and their unions cannot contribute or support candidates for public office.

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8Michelle61(2 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Between Kasich and Walker, we are well on our way to being ruled by a bunch of fascists. Walker is no better than a blackmailer, and I'm sure Kasich will be following in his footsteps shortly.

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9Fattkidd(45 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Budget problems? Bull. Tax the rich. Make the corps pay their fair share. The reason states are in a hole is because Wall St. collapsed the housing market taking property tax receipts with it and resulting in 8 million lost jobs which also blew a hole is state budgets. States are all paying out less... spending isn't the problem... it's revenue. Make the fat cats who are making out like bandits in this recession, pony up instead of forcing those in the bottom 50% in income take a pay and benefit cut

Also, as Walker made clear in his conversation with 'David Koch' yesterday, this isn't about balancing budgets at all... it's about busting unions once and for all.

And, I got news for you 'conservatives'... if they bust the unions, EVERYONE'S pay and benefits will go down. So, whine about taxes going to the public employees now and you'll be whining about lost jobs and cuts in pay/benefits in the near future.

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