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Kasich asks newspaper people to rein in cynicism of public servants

Published: Fri, February 7, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

SEE ALSO: Dayton-area man seeks Dem nod for governor

By Marc Kovac



Gov. John Kasich urged an audience of newspaper people Thursday to rein in their cynicism of public servants.

“I think healthy skepticism is good,” the governor told attendees of the Ohio Newspaper Association annual convention in Columbus. “But cynicism about all things that happen in public life is not.”

He added, “If everything that people read is negative, how do you expect them to ever get up in the morning and have a good attitude about anything?”

Kasich used the ONA event to review his work in office to date — tackling an $8 billion budget hole, cutting tax rates, focusing on education in general and career exploration for Ohio’s youngsters in particular, and battling the state’s prescription-drug and heroin epidemic.

He offered a few hints of policies that could be included in his coming mid-biennium review, which is expected to be introduced in coming weeks.

He defended JobsOhio, the private nonprofit he and lawmakers created to spearhead the state’s economic- development efforts.

And he announced his intentions to “actively push” a federal balanced-budget amendment in other states, after Ohio lawmakers’ adoption of a related resolution late last year.

“The debt is holding us back,” he said. “The uncertainty about what we do about it is holding us back. ... Businesses are so uncertain about the future that they’re either buying back stock or reducing debt, and the value of those companies has risen but we’re not seeing the kind of employment, we’re not seeing the kind of investment that we would normally see.”

Kasich briefly reiterated his support for an increase in taxes on oil and gas produced via horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

But he added that he isn’t going to pick a fight with Republican lawmakers who oppose his frack-tax proposal and are offering a different plan.

“I don’t want to be like Obama,” he said. “I don’t want to have executive orders because I can’t get anything through the Legislature.”


1NoBS(2214 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Kasich is saying whatever he thinks will get him reelected.

However, the local news media, including the Vindy, ought to give some thought to Kasich's comments regarding public employees. Not for his superficial "How do you expect them to have a good attitude about anything?" but because in most cases, the misbehavior of one or a few public employees is blown out of proportion by the media, and the implication is that all public employees conduct themselves the way the one or two bad apples do. The Vindy's commentary regarding public employees as "slopping at the public trough" is an undeserved and unwarranted slap in the face to the 99.9% of public employees who show up to work, do their job well and efficiently, and go home again.

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

John Kasich wants all newspaper people and probably commentators to resort to being 'repeaters' not reporters.

"When the legend exceeds the truth, print the legend" isn't going to ring through the Buckeye State about John Kasich.

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3polhack(129 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

With the exception of the foolish talk about turning the Tpike over to private operators, the Governor has done well putting the state back on a fairly steady economic keel. I hope he gets his tax increase on the here today gone tomorrow shale drillers, pipeline builders and land grabbers. Then when the unpredictable fracturing sends unknown chemicals into our aquifers, and ground subsidence begins fracturing the pipelines he will be able to hire more ODNRcrats to write permits for the masked men cleaning up the mess. Cynical? Who, me?

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4James_S(268 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Genie Energy

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5James_S(268 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Genie Energy--> Rupert Murdoch--> Fox News--> Kasich-->fracking... it all adds up.

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6polhack(129 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Uticashale your impotent chest thumping is hysterical HA,HA,HA,HA.

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7redeye1(5057 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

@Uticashale What do you expect from the leftists (socialists) of the valley. If they aren't getting things for free from the Gov' t . whether its state or Federal they don't like them . You see the Governor is trying to get people to work. These people only want to collect their checks. and not work.
@ marauder You must be the only one foolish enough to respect the idiot in the WH. Because the people who have an education can see he is up to NO good!

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8dontbeafool(1365 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

I have been saying it for awhile now, Kasich has let the oil companies rape Ohio lands. If they are going to drill, at least get the same % rates from them as other states get. We get 2%, the next lowest state charges 7%. On top of that, these companies aren't using OHIO WORKERS. We have the gas, we have the leverage, Kasich should have negotiated better deals for Ohio.

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9billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Kasich negotiated his own best deal. He knows he will need a job upon leaving his gooberment job. The funniest part of this entire article is he is asking that reporters stop with the negativity and the he leaves them with a negative comment about someone else. What a putts. Lets all hope that he fades away real soon.

UticaShale, people may even agree with you if what you wrote made any sense what so ever. WTF are you talking about.

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10dontbeafool(1365 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago


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