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Kasich to pay aides more than Strickland doled out

Published: Fri, January 7, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Amid pledges to slash government spending, Ohio’s next governor is preparing to pay some of his top aides significantly more than current Gov. Ted Strickland has paid his.

Gov.-elect John Kasich defended the higher salaries for his chief of staff, communications director, press secretary and others Thursday after they were made public on the political blog Plunderbund. The figures were released later Thursday to The Associated Press through a public records request.

Kasich, a Republican, plans to pay chief of staff Beth Hansen just over $170,000 a year. That’s about $47,000 more per year than Strickland chief of staff John Haseley has made, and about what President Barack Obama plans to pay the new White House chief of staff he named Thursday, veteran political manager William Daley.

New communications director Scott Milburn is slated to earn $130,000 a year, compared to $89,000 for Strickland counterpart Keith Dailey. Press secretary Rob Nichols will be paid $90,000, transition documents show — $20,000 a year more than Strickland press secretary Amanda Wurst.

The new governor prides himself on being able to negotiate a balanced federal budget agreement as U.S. House budget chairman in the 1990s and campaigned on a theme of reducing the size of state government.

Ohio faces a historic state-budget deficit of $8 billion as Kasich prepares to assume office Monday and he has made clear that painful cuts are ahead.

Kasich said Thursday that he expects total governor’s office spending to be under that of the current administration, despite the higher salaries of some aides.

“We’re fortunate that we’re getting a lot of good people to come in,” he said. “Salary is an issue.”

Kasich said some job candidates have more attractive offers in the private sector.

“What we’re trying to do is to make sure we pay people based on the position, but just because somebody paid somebody X doesn’t mean we’re going to pay them X,” he said.


1ojanet22(134 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

This guy will slash spending as long as he doesn't have to start with himself. First he wants to remain in his private residence, costing the taxpayers $$$$ for extra security and now he wants to pay exorbitant wages to his aides! So much for his credibility.

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2peacelover(828 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Kasich has made it clear that painful cuts are ahead ..... I guess that means for the little people, but not for him and his kingdom.

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3AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

This man is a hypocrite! He has flip flopped on every decision he has made so far. Hold on Ohio you are going to get more than you voted for and exactly what you deserve.

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4commyliberal(94 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Thank you to all those anonymous donors who spent money to get John Kasich elected. Its cake for the rich and crumbs for the rest of us!

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5MLC75(650 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

We are going to be sorry that Kasich is governor,maybe we can start a recall drive,if he gets too far out of control.

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6mrblue(1170 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Could it be typical Wall Street mentality?

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7RealAmericanPatriot(56 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Where are all the normal reich wing trolls who get off to lowering government spending?

Maybe they really aren't the small government conservatives they claim to be, just like kasich.

This is a joke to raise government salaries at a time like this. But don't worry, he'll be out of here in two years when he quits to run for President.

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8rocky14(796 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I told you so!!!! This is to all the lazy arse people who didn't go out and vote.

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9castironstrawbreaker(6 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

This shows a total disregard for Ohioans and the financial situation. I suppose he thinks those high salaries to his staff are going to trickle down to rest of us. Kasich was elected by Ohio to go into the governors house not rebuild his own. He was elected to control spending not to pay staff higher salaries than the President's chief of staff or a congressman. And remember, he turned away federal stimulus because he thought going from Cleveland to Cincinnati was a train to nowhere. No wonder Lehman Bros went under with people like him making decisions.

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10UWS(5 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I am so proud to say I did not vote for Kasich! There is really something wrong going on inside his head! He really thinks he is above us and I don't think his judgement is that of a stable person. He was complaining about Unions and government jobs but does not include the truley overpaid people. I work for the County, am 54 and make $9.00 and hour. He is giving an increase that is more than I make in a year yet he says we are making too much! He has his own agenda and he is not wasting time ruining Ohio...

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