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Kasich: Automakers bash business climate in Ohio

Published: Fri, January 14, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

RELATED: Kasich seeks to streamline Ohio Medicaid


The Blade/Andy Morrison

Ohio Governor John Kasich sits in a Chevy Cruze at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

By Marc Kovac



Gov. John Kasich called his meetings with the Detroit Three automakers this week “very sobering” and “in some ways very disturbing,” with two of the three blunt in their assessment of Ohio’s business climate.

“I heard words like ‘not competitive,’” Kasich said Thursday. “I heard words like ‘not cooperative.’ I heard words like ‘created a bad attitude and a bad impression.’”

He added, “We are not viewed in that community as the most forward-looking state.”

Kasich and a delegation that included Ohio State University President Gordon Gee attended the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Wednesday and met with representatives of General Motors, Chrysler and Ford.

Kasich did not specify which two of the three automakers expressed the negative remarks, but The Toledo Blade reported today that the governor had met privately with executives from GM and Chrysler.

But Kasich voiced concern about Ohio’s stature among the automakers, and said the state needs to move now to revamp its job-training and other programs.

“This is a very serious matter,” Kasich said. “It involves taxes, it involves regulations, it involves being able to respond to their concerns, it involves what you do with an EPA, it involves what you do with all types of regulation and job training.”

He added, “I told them yesterday we are open for business. And they looked at me and said, ‘Thank God.’ ”


1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Thank God for Kasich! Make Ohio business friendly again!

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Regulations what would the Emperor know about that ! Guess that's what Mich wants. Well Ohio is different from the foes from the North. And the EPA doesn't regulate Mich? And taking the OSU president to the meeting. What's the president going to do tell them how to bolt to the North ? Can't wait for the Emperor exit in four years!

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Just bring good jobs to Ohio

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4peacelover(838 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Agreed, Kim. Kinda vague ......

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago


Almost like listening to a hal-hour of Looooie Free too!

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6dd933(311 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Thank God that Marc Kovac was there so now we all can be aware of how we stand as a state in the eyes of the automakers. Kasich already refused big money to develop a high speed rail system - the automakers should be happy about that.

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7palbubba(802 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

It also tells you Republican haters exactly what Teddy and Timmy have been up to as far as "creating jobs". All they want to do is have you believe they saved GM Lordstown and were responsible for the V&M expansion. One joker gone , one is entrenched due to the blind faith Democrats of the Valley. Criticize the elected Governor before he has had a chance to do anything.

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8AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

palbubba...factual criticism of what he has had a chance to do..Kasich is paying his new hires more then Strickland. Not exactly a conservative value to waste taxpayer money.

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9Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

palbubba says not to criticize the elected Governor before he has a chance to do anything.

Right, like you guys withheld about Stickland before he was sworn in?

You're asking for civility without extending the same graciousness across party lines.

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10Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I am also going to start calling Governor Kasich "Johnny" as so many people in these threads refer to Democratic elected officials by the diminutive versions of their first names. Cause that's how I roll.

You flame, you get flamed.

Unless you want to start talking with a modicum of civility.

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11Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Since John is courting the car manufacturing CEOs, the reason why he rejected the federal money for high speed rail is clear.

Keep the rail out of Ohio, invest in roads, and keep the cars acomin'.

Unfortunately, this will actually be our downfall. We will be behind not only the other highly developed countries of the world (which we already are), but Ohio will be behind the states that have already understood why high speed rail is inevitable and necessary to compete in the future.

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12redvert(2239 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Oh please lily, don't be so ruthless, you are scaring us, calling the governor John. Oh well, I refer to someone as obowser. We promise to be nice from now on but I will still call whatshisface obowser!!!

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13northsideperson(366 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

db2: Are you saying that Ohio's economic emergency is directly attributable to Ted Strickland's tenure?

Or is it coincidence that it happened during this time, and would have just as easily befallen Ken Blackwell, had he been elected?

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14timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

palbubba, But it's alright for your your worthless mouth to do it to Ted when he was elected. And bubba who got the money for Lordstown and V&M steel ? Johnny returned money for a rail system that was IGNORANT ! And we know what he is about. Just look at his record in Congress, and KEEP PAYING for his Wall Street behavior fool ! You people must have rode the short bus to school. Cause you just don't get it !!

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