Kasich promises tax cuts and cash to communities

With re-election campaign underway, governor gives State of the State address
Associated Press
Feb 25, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich used his annual State of the State speech Monday to pledge a new round of tax cuts, propose using casino money for a plan to boost ties between communities and schools and said state higher education funding will be tied to course completion and graduation.

Kasich also pushed the importance of vocational training as an alternative route for some students, proposed giving veterans free academic credits for training and experience they received in the military, and promised a new fight against smoking in the state.

In a dramatic moment, Kasich presented his annual courage awards to three women who survived a decade-long captivity in Cleveland after they were rescued in May when one of the women pushed her way through a door to freedom.

The governor also used the 64-minute speech to indirectly ask Ohio voters to support him over likely Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald in November.

Citing a spiritual mission to "bring about a healing" before he dies, he said being governor to all Ohioans is his life and mission. He likened his first term to a hike up a mountain.

"After you've struggled through the early obstacles you get out on more solid ground, and when you get out on that more solid ground you get the first glimpse of your goal — the summit — and you come together and it lifts your spirits, and you get that extra boost to keep going," he said.

Kasich's tax plan would push Ohio's inome-tax rate from 5.33 percent to below 5 percent for individuals and small businesses.

"When Ohioans have more money in their pockets, we're being true to the fundamental idea that made our nation great," he said to applause. "Government works for the people, not the other way around."

Education was a key theme of the address, which took place at the Performing Arts Center in Medina. This marks the third consecutive year Kasich has taken the speech outside the Statehouse in Columbus.

Kasich proposed directing $10 million in casino revenue to get communities more involved with schools and parents more involved in their children's education, and said he wants to make it easier for returning veterans to get civilian jobs.

"If you can drive a truck from Kabul to Kandahar in Afghanistan, don't you think you should be able to drive a truck from Columbus to Cleveland?" he said.

Kasich will introduce a midterm budget bill soon that could be the vehicle for the policy priorities of the fourth and final year of his term.

"Our great purpose will continue to be helping every Ohioan have a chance to find a job that lets them fulfill their purpose," he said.

House Education Chairman Gerald Stebelton said he liked the governor's education proposals but said they'll need careful review.

He said some proposals should be dealt with separately from a midterm budget bill. "If each idea has merit, it will stand on its own merit," he said.

Stebelton, a Lancaster Republican, said tying higher education funding to graduation rates also raises concerns.

"The devil is in the details because universities are not in total control of what happens to their students on the paths to graduation," he said.

He said family emergency, accidents and other events can take students out of the school cycle. "In concept, I like the idea," he said.

FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, questioned Kasich's budget priorities. He said Kasich was "counting on Ohioans to forget that he balanced those budgets by shifting the financial burden to the middle class and already-suffering communities."

Minority Democrats said the governor's actions do not match his words. They said while Kasich claimed to not raise taxes, many Ohioans are feeling the bump in the state sales tax and the removal of the homestead exemption and property tax rollbacks.

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni said Kasich's plan to cut the income tax rate wouldn't pad the wallets of many in the middle class.

"It's not going to change the way that they act," said Schiavoni, a Boardman Democrat. "It's not going to change the way that they spend. It's not going to change anything about the way that they conduct their life."

Republican legislative leaders pledged to review details of Kasich's plans. They couldn't say whether session schedules would need to be extended or changed.

"If you know anything about John Kasich, you know one thing: He's not willing to sit back and rest," Senate President Keith Faber said. He said the governor had given them plenty to work on through this year.

Several dozen protesters gathered outside before the speech to protest Kasich policies.

"Everything that he has done so far has been against the working class people of this state," said Jamie Fant, of Dayton, a retired corrections officer.



The Big Dog's back

What's your point dopey? Nobody said it wasn't signed by Clinton.


Re: " What's"

Just pointing out more of how NAFTA was passed. Besides Clinton signing it, over 50% of the dims in the senate and 40% of the dims in the house voted for it. It was a one party bill the repubicrats passed it, Or was it the dimocans? Is there a difference? We need more than the one party for people to actually have a choice. 4 or 5 parties would be nice. Thanks for asking piddles! I liked that question so I answered it.

The Big Dog's back

Do you have ADD? The statement was made by sam a that it was a Dem initiative. It was pointed out that it was a Repub initiative, which it was. Nobody is disputing who signed it or who voted for it.


Re: "Do you have ADD?"

I assume you must, or else have really pi$$ poor reading comprehension, since I agreed with you that it was a repube initiative in my first post. Did you not read it, or did you not understand it? It has to be one or the other. Go back and read it out loud to yourself and see if that helps.

The Big Dog's back

So what was your point in replying to me?


When you answer the next half dozen questions Hero Zone or I ask I will agin answer questions from you. I have told you this before. You never answer questions, so if you wish for me to answer yours, you have to answer mine (or HZ's since I like his questions and he usually posts more often than I).


NAFTA was not a Democrat initiative. It was drafted under daddy Bush. Yes, Clinton signed it. Big mistake. But don't kid yourself by thinking that NAFTA was a Democratic bill.

Whether or not a student graduates from college has very little to do with the college. It has to do with the student. Many students go to college when they have no business doing so because high school counselors around here push almost every student in that direction. The result--those students often either flunk out or get kicked out before they graduate, and rightfully so. Tying funding to graduation rates is only going to encourage colleges to graduate people who shouldn't graduate because they shouldn't be there to begin with as they don't have the cognitive ability. Someone with an IQ of 85 should not be able to graduate from a 4-year-college.


NAFTA? Old news.

New news: Pres. Obama wants another free trade agreement - the TPP.


The Big Dog's back

Hey pooh, cash and prizes, cash and prizes. That's what you are always saying. Well, now it's true.


Re: "cash and prizes,"

You need to be let outside to piddle, derpy?


Have never seen a photo of Kasick smiling. What was the deal with his buddy Batchelder /Ohio jobs and the dollars returned to the source(s)? (That was a close 1 for them)


Re: "Have never seen a photo of Kasick smiling."

It's called editing, kookie.


OH's two top export countries?

Mex and Can.

And the numbers have been growing.


Keep b*tchin' about NAFTA.

The Big Dog's back

kassick looks like the lead singer of Coldplay and their Viva La Vida video.


Dispatch from Fatican City: doG declares that republicons (repuglicans) are destined for total electorial decimation, Gubner Kashsick included. Remember: If you're too stupid to understand science, try religion!

Dr. Information

Its really easy to see the non workers on this forum. They are totally against any tax reform that would put more money in middle class citizens pockets because these people griping don't work and it doesn't benefit them.

Makers vs takers.


Kashsick is on a mish shun from