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Pay gap wide in offices of Kasich and other state leaders, study says

Published: Sun, April 20, 2014 @ 4:57 p.m.

Pay gap wide in offices of Kasich and other state leaders, study says

Associated Press


A newspaper investigation has found the average pay gap between men and women in the offices of four of Ohio’s five elected statewide officials has grown to as much as almost $10 an hour, as it’s shrunk to under a dollar across the rest of state government.

Women working in Republican Gov. John Kasich’s office earn $9.81-an-hour less, on average, than men, the Dayton Daily News analysis published Sunday.

That’s the highest gender pay gap among statewide officeholders, according to the newspaper’s study of Ohio Department of Administrative Services data.

The gender gap compares to $3.99-an-hour under former Gov. Ted Strickland.

The report comes as national debate over pay differences between men and women is in the spotlight after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill last week seeking to narrow the pay gap.

Republican lawmakers said the measure could hinder employers from granting raises, or permitting flexible hours in exchange for lower pay, for fear of costly lawsuits. For Democrats, the bill was the latest stressing income-fairness they are pushing this campaign season.

The governor’s office says the gap reported by the newspaper doesn’t take into account office staff and policy advisers from other state agencies that Kasich relies on. Counting those employees, the gap was $5.04-an-hour on average last year. Under those same parameters, the newspaper found, the gap under Strickland was $1.28-an-hour in 2010.

“The governor is proud of having a strong female chief of staff, an excellent lieutenant governor in Mary Taylor and strong, capable women in key Cabinet positions,” said Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols. “Additionally, the wage gap for state employees has dropped 20 percent on his watch.” He said the administration values diversity and will keep pushing for it.


1JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

@ eivo:

That is a great question.

He talks the talk but does walk the walk?

Maybe he does.

You're talking about the Federal government where money is free, coming from the tax payers.

Free money is very easy to spend on nonessential items.

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2ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

You can't just average the wages of all the men and women and make any time of intelligent determination! There are many jobs at different levels of responsibility, and one person of the "wrong" sex in a high paying position will throw off the comparison. We need more detailed data to reach a real conclusion.

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3Jerry(862 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I have the solution!

Cut the pay of all public employees everywhere, elected and non-elected, to minimum wage. This way, everything would be "fair" and "equal".

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4redeye1(5675 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Gdog Maybe you ought to do a little more studying. The bill that was introduced into the Federal Gov't. by your party ( jackasses) Allows the politicians NOT to pay women the same wages as men on their staff. That's one of the reason the GOP voted it down. But you being a liberal union loving fool probably didn't even read the bill. You just listened to the liberal media and all of their BS But that's you probably fair to you because the jackass party said it's okay.

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5Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I think they are missing facts. Is there a pay gap between the Governor (Male) and a mail clerk (Female). I would hope so.

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6borylie(952 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

How about the NBA vs. WBA? Both are doing the same thing.

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7libertysoldier(1 comment)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

This has nothing to do with a Republican or Democratic Governor. All State of Ohio jobs are unionized. Look at the pays scales for state jobs (they are available for the public to see). Starting base wage is the same for those doing the same job. There may be a difference in shift differential but that is all. I am a female retiree of the state of Ohio and never saw a wage difference between a female trooper and male trooper with the same amount of time on the job working the same shift.

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8JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

@ gdog:

>>more local taxes will have to be paid while state taxes stay the same <<

Apparently you do not pay state income tax or you would realize that they have been reduced under Gov Kasich.

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