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Women’s pay still lags in Ohio

Associated Press • Apr 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

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 showed.

   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 incomefairness 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.

   Across state employment, the pay gap has averaged $1.09 over the past seven years and most recently was 86 cents an hour.

   Kasich’s likely Democratic opponent in November, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, has a gender pay gap of $7.02 an hour between men and women in his office, according to data provided to the Daily News by FitzGerald’s office.

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