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The governor touted the state’s job creation under his watch

Published: Tue, March 18, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Kasich touts job creation in address to Mahoning Valley McKinley Club


Gov. John Kasich, the keynote speaker Monday night at the Mahoning Valley McKinley Club’s 99th annual banquet in Niles, spoke about how growing up with financial struggles made him the person he is today.

By David Skolnick



Gov. John Kasich, seeking re-election, touted job creation in the state under his leadership, saying when he took over in January 2011 that Ohio was 48th in the nation in job growth and new statistics show it is No. 5 over the past three years.

The Republican governor was the keynote speaker Monday at the Mahoning Valley McKinley Club’s 99th annual banquet in the Niles McKinley Memorial Auditorium. It was Kasich’s fourth time as the event’s main speaker.

Before his 40-minute speech, including 15 minutes talking about his childhood growing up with financial struggles in McKees Rocks, Pa., Kasich spoke with reporters, focusing much of the conversation on job creation.

Updated employment data Monday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Ohio was No. 5 in job creation since January 2011, when Kasich became governor, and Ohio is No. 1 in the Midwest since January 2011.

“We’re up 238,000 jobs, and we have to keep going,” he said. “We know we’re on the right track now.”

Kasich added: “Overall, I’m really, really pleased with the progress we’re seeing.”

The state’s unemployment rate of 6.9 percent is above the national average of 6.6 percent, however.

The campaign of Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive seeking the gubernatorial seat, sees it differently.

“For us, it’s pretty simple: 400,000 Ohioans are still unemployed,” said Lauren Hitt, his campaign spokeswoman. Kasich “shouldn’t be doing victory laps. Middle-class Ohioans are working harder, working multiple jobs, working longer hours — and they’re paying more in taxes thanks to Gov. Kasich.”

Kasich said he inherited an $8 billion deficit when he took over as governor and the state now has a $1.5 billion surplus.

When asked if various cuts, including to local governments, and an increase in the state sales tax played roles in Ohio’s financial turnaround, Kasich talked about continuing to cut the state’s income tax, and increasing education funding.

He added: “I don’t have much to say about the criticism because it’s just, whatever, you know, figure out a way to criticize it. It doesn’t bother me. I don’t pay much attention to it.”

Playing off Kasich’s “Ohio miracle” comment from 2012, Daniel McElhatton, FitzGerald’s communications director, said, “There’s been nothing miraculous about John Kasich’s economy for the middle-class families of the Mahoning Valley.”

During his speech, Kasich said, “A big part of my responsibility on Earth is to help people who cannot help themselves.”

That includes, he said, expanding vocational education, fighting the abuse of heroin, which he called “an epidemic,” and helping the mentally ill.

The annual event, which brings together Republicans from Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, honors William McKinley, the nation’s 25th president who was born in Niles on Jan. 29, 1843.


1NoBS(2071 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

jeratboy, all over the state, Ohio is above the national average in unemployment. Including the places that voted for Kasich.

And if the jobs aren't jobs one can raise a family on, they're not meaningful employment. Minimum wage and no benefits jobs are for high school kids and others with no obligations. If adults are trying to feed and clothe their kids, pay the rent and utilities, and so forth, on their burger-flipping job, because that's all that's out there, something's wrong.

Also, every time Kasich pats himself on the back because he "inherited a deficit, and now has a surplus" someone ought to smack him in the back of the head. All he did was take money from the local municipalities and keep it for himself. That doesn't take any kind of financial genius - it's theft. We pay taxes to the state, with the understanding that the state disburses tax money back to the local municipalities. Kasich didn't return the money to the locals, and even with his big surplus, he still won't. Instead, he wanted to bankrupt and ruin thousands and thousands of honest, hard-working Middle Class Ohioans. Remember that in the voting booth.

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2anothermike(215 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

First of all, the amount of "jobs" created are doubtful. Secondly, nothing in the Mahoning Valley. Small wonder this area doesn't vote for Republicans and especially teabag republicans. We haven't had a Governor on either side of the aisle in decades that focused on the sagging, lingering sluggish economy here in Northeastern Ohio....

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3DwightK(1335 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

If this governor wanted to create jobs he would send some state money back to cities to help them fight blight by demolishing abandoned properties. If he released a few hundred million he could help employ construction crews and help cities with crime problems.

But, no, we need a billion dollar rainy day fund.

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4redeye1(4876 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I'll bet if he was dumbocrat the fools of this valley would jumping up and down yelling how good he is doing.. The real shame of this valley is its people . All they care about are themselves . What can they get for FREE ! I'm so glad my two sons don't want to live here when they are done school. You see this valley has lost most of the smart people. They were smart enough to move away and all that is left are the people who feel the GOV"T owes them. It's time for the people to do some homework themselves on the candidates instead of listening to all the BS both parties put out .. Do some research on the candidates on your own Another words become an educated voter instead of a sheeple. Check their voting records, Check to see what or if any of them put through any worthwhile bills etc. I know that might seem hard to most people around here because that takes work. Try it maybe ,just maybe the people of the valley can makes changes and even help themselves.

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5musicman77(14 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Why is it the people of this valley are NEVER satisfied with anything? That I'm entitled mentality is why so many folks here are lazy & unemployed. Unions & their ideals started out good intentions & all but then found greed & political power. From there steel mills & auto makers got greedy & never satisfied & the valley goes to hell in a hand basket. Let someone come in & create some jobs locally & see the union thugs protesting outside while people try to shop & save a buck or 2. Added stupidity is like the cherry on top of our collective sundae. Democrats with the give it all away mentality don't seem to realize that someone has to pay for this stuff.... any guesses who?

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6walter_sobchak(2029 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

If JobsOhio is hiding something and our state is #5 in the US in job growth, then maybe they should hide some more stuff and we could be #1. Public employees do not need to organize in a union as they can enjoy civil service protection. Let's remember just how big a buffoon Teddy Strickland was as governor. Tie or not, Kasich is head and shoulders above him. JobsOhio conducting closed meetings is nothing compared to the idiocy out in the open that was perpetrated on the citizens of Ohio by Strickland (and Bob Taft).

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7jojuggie(1580 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The mentality, of some of the posters here, is showing their Ytown Dem thinking.

They would be happy to live in Detroit, or the states of California or Illinois all run by Dems and in very big trouble financially. Maybe they should move there.

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8UNCOMMONSENSE(439 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

@cathylukasko...the Bush policies certainly contributed to Ohio's financial situation. Remember that he was responsible for the lost of millions of jobs, many located in Ohio, that paid taxes into the state treasury. Kasich has done nothing more then shift the tax burden to the local level and at the same time he has raised the state sales tax. So now you are paying twice. I would not call that leadership.

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9jojuggie(1580 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Carter was the 2nd worst president in our history. When Reagan took over, I don't ever recall Reagan blaming Carter for the trouble we were in, and that was big trouble. Remember 16% loans?

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10JoeFromHubbard(1292 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The state government requires a finite amount of revenue to function. To reduce the revenue requirement the scope of government "services" must be reduced with a commensurate number of state employees.

People are reluctant to do that and continue to pay the price.

Gov. Kasich is playing a bit of a shell game with revenue sources. Reduction of income taxes is always welcomed but the continuing revenue requirement is being met from a more broad spectrum of sources hitting more working families.

It is a dangerous political gamble.

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11AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

“A big part of my responsibility on Earth is to help people who cannot help themselves.”

Just imagine what the repub's on here would write if Pres. Obama spoke this same statement. Oh yea, its when Obama says jobs are created it is the Rupubs that won't accept the new numbers. They just say since people quit looking for a job, doesn't mean they found a job.

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12AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Evio aka spinner,

Say it how you want. I know darn well the backlash President Obama would get from the same statement.

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13isaac45(304 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

we're a strange state in a lot of ways...elected Obama twice and this guy in between and probably again...good for Kasich he didn't run in a presidential year though...did a good job of hiding in 12 too with Romney...Obama won this state in part due to the auto bailout which this state was for and appreciated...Kasich not much courage staying mostly mum on Romney's criticism...and that plant in Toledo doing just fine..any speeches there John?

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14isaac45(304 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

and you're absolutely right eivo....communist! taker!....too easy, but these cons are hardly models of consistency...massive hypocrites in many ways

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15isaac45(304 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

sorry, meant that for average citizen...eivo's the typical hypocrite con

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16kurtw(997 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Eivo you're being too hard on gdog!- c'mon now, he's said some good things in all those posts- Let me think... Mmm, let me think...

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17jojuggie(1580 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I have no idea of what Ytowners want.

Kasich inherits a $8,000,000.000 deficit & 48th in job growth, then gets rid of the deficit & now the state of OHIO has a surplus & is 5th in job growth & Ytowners are still bitching.

Sure some organizations were hurt by getting rid of the deficit, but overall, he has done very, very well for the majority of the folks in Ohio.

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18dontbeafool(1225 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

@ Utica, you are a taker...... Of timber that doesn't belong to you.

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