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Kasich: ‘Ohio is going in the right direction’

Published: Mon, December 30, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.



By Marc Kovac



Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in November, the first time in months that the account of the state’s jobless rolls decreased.

Statehouse Democrats say the less-than-desirable results signal the wrong kind of turnaround for an economy that was recovering — and they blame the policies of Gov. John Kasich and his Republican counterparts in the Legislature.

“As the U.S. economy expands at the fastest pace since 2011, the number of unemployed Ohioans remains at an abysmal 427,000,” Rep. Debbie Phillips, a Democrat from Albany, said after the latest unemployment report earlier this month. “Gov. Kasich’s top-down economic policies are in full effect, and it’s no coincidence that Ohio was No. 1 in the nation for job loss in November. Ohio is moving in the wrong direction.”

Kasich disagrees.

During a year-in-review speech before chamber of commerce groups recently in Columbus, the governor touted policies adopted under his administration to balance the state budget, reduce tax rates and replenish a nearly depleted rainy day-fund.

And he said people across the country are starting to take notice.

“I’m going to tell you, Ohio is going in the right direction,” he said. “You feel it. People across the state feel it. We know it to be true. Now is the time to double down.”

He added, “We need your help, we need your optimism, we need your ideas. We are an open administration, and you have to tell us how we can do better.”


The governor remains supportive and optimistic about the private nonprofit that is heading the state’s economic development efforts.

“JobsOhio is the most important economic development tool in America,” he said. “Other states are beginning to emulate it, and you will see them begin to do it. Why? Many of you know the JobsOhio people. When they come to see you, they actually know what you’re talking about. And it is important when you talk to job creators that you have people who have expertise in the field. [JP Morgan Chase Chief Executive Officer] Jamie Dimon does not want to talk to a bureaucrat who does not understand financial services, OK?

“We have the largest number of Chase employees in the state of Ohio, did you know that? Outside of New York, we’re No. 1. He’s a smart guy. You’ve got to talk to him. You’ve got to move quickly. You’ve got to move fast. It reminds of me of Abbott Labs that was thinking about going to Indiana and [JobsOhio] put together a program, and within 24 hours we submitted a program to Abbott Labs, and the new facility, the newest type of technology that they produce, is in Ohio now. Why? Quick, fast, knew what we were doing, understand financial services, agriculture, IT, energy...

“In the past, they didn’t answer the bell quickly enough or didn’t understand the issues as thoroughly as they needed to. JobsOhio went through some political nonsense, and we’ve kind of cleared the brush on that, I guess, kind of given up on that, and now this organization is starting to grow. It’s starting to fill out its ranks. And for all of you, understand that economic growth does not just come from the top down, it comes from the bottom up. I encourage all of you to get [JobsOhio officials] out into your community. The approach on economic development is hub and the spokes: You are the spokes, they are the hub and we are there to serve you.”

Job Growth

Kasich also remains upbeat about the state’s economy, though he and other Statehouse Republicans say federal policies are hampering recovery.

“You know, we’re up almost 175,000, 174,800 new jobs. ...,” he said. “Even in a slower period, we’ve grown almost 20 percent, 17 percent in job creation. And we have a pipeline now that is as exciting as anything we’ve seen and we have some announcements coming soon that are going to make you very, very happy. Why is this happening? It’s happening because we have predictability. ... I’m on the phone just about every day with CEOs. I had CEO calls today, to talk to them about our state. There is a growing recognition that Ohio is a place to be.”

Economic DevelopmenT

The governor said his efforts to reduce the state’s income tax and other tax rates, combined with what Ohio has to offer companies relocating here, will lead to business growth.

“Let me explain something to you, this involves where we want to go,” he said. “Nobody thanks you for a tax cut. Doesn’t happen. People don’t run up to you and say, ‘Oh, thank you for cutting my income tax.’ They don’t do that. But it’s almost like exercise. No one thanks you for exercise, but over the long haul you’re healthier. Look, we don’t have an ocean, OK? We don’t have mountains. But we have a lot of things in Ohio that are fantastic: great neighborhoods, great vocation. Well, we do have sort of an ocean up north, close to one. But we have so many things in our state. Great higher education, no question about it. Good K-12. But we need to be able to compete on the economic level. Cutting income taxes is not about some darn mindless philosophy. It’s about making Ohio more attractive and more competitive with other states. It’s part of what we need in the toolbox to be able to get people to understand this. To say that we have the largest tax cut in America, you know what that says to CEOs? ... It says that, wow, how did Ohio balance its budget and by the way generate a $1.4 billion surplus in less than three years? And you’re cutting taxes? ... That’s why people around the country are beginning to say that Ohio is working. ... We’re going to do everything we can here to provide a lower cost of doing business. You have a common sense regulatory authority, not no regulation ... but we’re not going to have mindless regulation that’s duplicative. ... When companies feel comfortable that they can make an investment and it’s not going to come around and whack them upside the back of the head, they want to do it.”

Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.


1michael1757(490 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

kasich,you can kiss my A**!!! I am not doing good.You ,oh,I'm disabled,& yet,you,cut my food stamps,so I have to use my own money,to buy food,from the little bit my gov't gives me to survive on,so don't tell me to double down.If I were to,"DOUBLE DOWN",I'll lose my house,then even though,I cannot even stand to hear your name,or hear your voice,or look at you,I'm going to have to come & live with you.You "A-HOLE"!!!

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago


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3Education_Voter(1173 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

...If by "right direction" one means unlimited graft and corruption:

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4nipsy(161 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I would term it as a GREAT TAX SHIFT or SHAFT!!! Cut the incomes tax and raise the sales tax, plus add all kinds of fees to things..Fees not taxes!!! Termanology...It is all about creating an image.. Make deals with existing companies that probably weren't leaving anyway and you can claim saving jobs. Even if in the process the company actually cuts employees...It is all about the SPIN!!!

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5GoPens(397 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The only advantage of Kasich on any national ticket would be to get him out of Ohio before he totally ruins it. A total, utter and complete disaster.

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6YtownParent(1068 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

eivo says (again): "The only thing that Kasich has not been able to accomplish is to get people to apply for the jobs. As long as their are UC benefits extended forever and free health care, it may be impossible to get the freeloaders to apply for a job." Completely overlooking the fact that Ohio requires everyone getting Unemployment to apply for jobs and submit to audits of their applications. It's been that way in Ohio for decades. The rest of the country just decided to follow us.

The jobs Kasich has brought are low wage services jobs that leave workers on food stamps and medicaid. (Again eivio and other low-info voters overlook that you can't get food stamps, cash assistance or medicaid unless you are working.) Every governor and legislature loves this formula because it brings a river of cash from DC into the state's welfare programs.

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7kk80586(229 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

ytp-- speaking of "low-info voters" you need some, what we in the REAL world call....FACTS.
" Completely overlooking the fact that Ohio requires everyone getting Unemployment to apply for jobs and submit to audits of their applications. It's been that way in Ohio for decades. The rest of the country just decided to follow us."
That all sounds well and good on paper but in reality, I know of NO ONE who has ever been audited on UC. I'm sure it has happened but I've never seen it. It is possible and extremely easy to get on and stay on UC without ever leaving the couch (if you have a lap-top) or even from Hawaii. You sign up online, you report your job searches online and the money gets put directly into your bank account. When you sign up, you demand a ridiculous amount of pay for your menial job experience. You apply for jobs online. Odds of being audited-- low to none. I have seen it happen several times with UC and I'm sure the auditing/procedures are about the same for food stamps, welfare, etc.

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8southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped because long-term unemployed have given up on finding a job...many are forced to collect public assistance.

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9YtownParent(1068 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

are you really telling me all those hard working state employees are not actually doing their jobs? Then that's the problem. Why not? Oh yeah if the state employees did their jobs and kicked off all the "freeloaders" then the federal money wouldn't be coming into the state, there would be no benefits to administer and the lazy bureaucratic workers who sit on a computer scrolling through facebook and playing solitaire on taxpayers dime would have to go get a real job flipping burgers or stocking shelves.

It's not a liberal nor a conservative viewpoint. Both parties have created this system and no one in either party is going to do more than put a couple of regulations on the books and let them go unenforced because there are just as many conservative voters getting benefits as their are liberal ones.

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10DSquared(1788 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

As long as ODumbo and his Jihaddis are running this once great nation into the ground as a third world ex-superpower, no one can save Ohio or any other state.

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11dontbeafool(2092 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

his big plan is to market Ohio so Californian's will want to move here. Great plan. Oh and the charter schools run by his buddy which have failed terribly. Just stick a for sale sign on the turnpike like you wanted to do from day 1 and get it over with.

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12dontbeafool(2092 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

States need revenue to function, and states with no income taxes will have to make up for the lack of income tax somehow. New Hampshire and Texas, for example, make up for it in property taxes. Both states have some of the highest property taxes in the nation. The cost of higher property taxes, sales taxes, fuel taxes, and other taxes could amount to higher overall taxes in some of these states. If you think that the state of Ohio isn't going to get their money out of you one way or the other, you are sadly mistaken.

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13dontbeafool(2092 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

@the otherside, yeah what difference does it make if a private entity uses tax payers money to do what they want with it? All without being allowed to be audited by the state auditor on top of it. I'm sure that no back door deals or conflicting deals will be made. Have some trust. (SARCASM)

Ethics questions still dogged JobsOhio, especially after a July investigation by the Dayton Daily News showing that six of the nine members of JobsOhio’s board of directors had direct financial ties to companies that got tax credits from JobsOhio or from the state.

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14dontbeafool(2092 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The White House isn't giving a daily number, probably because of the many variables that you mentioned Eivo. If they say any number, then the right will say that he is spinning the numbers. If they say another number and it isn't 100% accurate on the nose, then he is lying. An accurate number probably won't come out until the dust settles and premiums are paid. This article is on Kasich and his policies and the direction of Ohio, not Obamacare.

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15dontbeafool(2092 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Maybe you should READ the article again Eivo. You are so eager to jump on Obama, that you don't even read the article at hand. Jobsohio is listed several times. I can cut and paste it if you prefer.

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