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.



Stop It

Yeah, right. I'm finding it hard to believe anything he says.

Darwin's choice

Like liar Obama?

Stop It



The appropriate individual & business state income tax rate is: 0%.

Eliminating the Vulture (Estate) tax was a nice beginning.


What an appropriate picture accompanying this article. All that is needed is the caption, "Mr. Kasich says goodbye to Ohio Governorship". One can only hope.

Kasich did get one thing right: he correctly identified that Jobs are the #1 issue we need to fix in Ohio. What he didn't mention is that he is much of the reason for the problem. Here are some additions to the list I posted yesterday of 9 Kasich Failures:

#10: Ohio unemployment in December 2013 was 7.2%, up from 6.7% a year ago. This is in spite of the fact (as Contango often mentions) that thousands upon thousands of long-term unemployed have given up and left the work force entirely, and thus, are not even counted in unemployment figures.

#11: For the first time in years, Ohio's unemployment level is above the national average. So much for Kasich's JobsOhio initiative. It appears that the only thing JobsOhio did was provide jobs for his close friends, while veiling itself in non-transparency.

#12: During Kasich's term in office, Ohio has ranked 45th in new job creation. Odd how almost every other state has found a way to more effectively recover from the Recession...

#13: 31,000 more Ohioans are out of work now than at this time last year.

#14: Kasich has no plan on how to restore the $1.8 billion cut from the Education budget. Instead, he plans to cut taxes even more, at a time when funding for roads, bridges, and education are already completely strapped.

Folks, Ohio can do better, and Ohio needs better. While the rest of the country enjoys a rebounding economy and lower unemployment, Ohio has taken the exact OPPOSITE trajectory.


Re: "Folks, Ohio can do better,"

And that Democratic party hack retread Fitzgerald is the answer? lol

"Rebounding economy"?

TX. OH should do likewise.


You're flailing.

The Big Dog's back

cash and prizes pooh.


Coasterdopes remedy is to...get Fitzgerald in office. Cuyahoga County unemployment rate in Dec 2013? 7.2%. Cuyahoga county unemployment rate Dec 2012? 6.6%. Looks like your pick for governor has a record of job creation that is worse than Kasich. Guess you forgot to do your research...yet again. You have to be one of the most uneducated teacher I have ever encountered. No wonder you are no longer actively teaching.


Re: "uneducated teacher,"

From what I've gleaned from his posts: A music teacher and divorcee whose first wife took him to the cleaners. (What the h*ll did you do to her coaster?)

Current spouse is a public school teacher.

Also, hired a non-aggressive real estate agent that told him selling a house right now was too difficult.

I'd call her an "order taker." lol


More like: clueless.


Re: "music teacher."

Well, that explains why the last 6 yrs he has been in the front row to play Obama's skin flute. LOL.

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cash and prizes pooh.


Freebies for all but reelect me first!


Let's compare Mr. Kasich's record to that of the previous Gov. who along with the former Lt. Gov. wrote in late 2008 in the WSJ that OH's economy was just super!


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cash and prizes pooh.

Keep Focused

Kasich did balance the state budget by reducing money to local governments. That has been painful but in the long run we are finding ways to get through this and we are learning how to spend money on the priorities.


Only Democrats can talk out of both sides of their mouth this quickly:
"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.""

So are people feeing the minimal bump in the sales tax, but not noticing a larger tax return when they file there state taxes?

Maybe he should just promise to give everything away like our great liar-in-chief and then pull the carpet out from under us.


The state sales tax increase was .25%, or $25 on every $10,000 you spend.

Dr. Information

You democrats sure know how to flip flop real quick when an article comes out.

I blame the last governor's and I feel bad for Kasich that he has to feel the burn of past horrible leadership.

Dr. Information

Hits just keep on coming for the failure….aka…Obamacare:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services concludes that 11 million small business employees may see their premiums rise under the law.

The report, released Friday, says the higher rates are partly due to the health law's requirement that premiums can no longer be based on a person's age. That has sent premiums higher for younger workers, and lower for older ones.

The report found that 65 percent of small businesses would see a spike in insurance premiums and about 35 percent of small businesses would see lower rates for plans covering six million people, The Wall Street Journal reported.


Re: "Obamacare"

Of course the rabid, extremist progressive-socialists wouldn't admit it, but gotta think that the Obam☭are cluster (bleep) is having disastrous effects on employment in OH and elsewhere (except DC).

Small business (50-100 ees) employ the majority of workers in the U.S.

Little wonder that only the major corps., who can afford and pass on the additional costs associated with admin. are hiring for McJobs.


At least OH has an “Aa1/Stable” credit rating, whereas that bastion of progressive-socialist thinking IL has a “A3/Negative" one.

The Big Dog's back

cash and prizes pooh. You finally got something right.


They all tell you what you want to hear so they can can re-elected and then when they are re-elected they continue to screw you to the wall.


That's the name of the game with politics, regardless of party. Pretty much every politician does it and the 'good guys' who aren't professional snakes rarely get elected to office.
Personally I don't care for Kasich. Fitzgerald really isn't my cup of tea, either... so I'm going to continue closely watching their race to determine who I vote for.




Many of the Ohio job losses have come from things like NAFTA (a Democrat initiative), relocation to other states/countries (a function of too-high taxes in this state, raised under Democrat administrations), and endeavors like Obamacare (don't get me started). Kasich's notion of lower tax rates for individuals is great; the idea of lower tax rates for businesses is even better.

Vocational education is a good plan for those who can't/won't benefit from a college education, and tying money to graduation rates isn't a bad concept, either. There are more obvious problems there (not least of which is how any increased education options will be funded), but well worth a look.

There are partisan hacks here and everywhere who automatically criticize everything a member of the opposite party does, and who just as automatically excuse the errors made by "their own" representatives. If everybody regardless of party affiliation would praise/criticize as DESERVED rather than as delimited by the letter after the name on the ballot, we'd probably get a lot more problems solved, not to mention a better class of politician in office in the first place!


Re: "a better class of politician,"

Ain't no such animal.


I beg to differ, and would further contend that it wouldn't take much to rank "better!" That being said, if you suggest there's no such thing as a GOOD politician, I'd find it tough to refute. :-)


lol. We agree.

Many competent people can't take the pay cut or are willing to put up with the BS.

I think back to Geo. Washington, America’s Cincinnatus: The competent, but reluctant two-term Pres.

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sam, you prove everyday right wingers aren't much into history. NAFTA was a Repub initiative.


Re: " NAFTA was a Repub initiative."

It was a repube initiative. It was also Ratified by a congress that had majorities of dims in BOTH houses, and was signed into law on Dec, 8 1993 by Bill Clinton. Both ratifing and signing were needed to be done before it became the law of the land. Both the ratification and signing were done when dims were in control of both houses in congress and had a dim as president. It wasn't one party that made NAFTA happen. Love it, like it, or hate it it was bipartisian.


With much consideration and emotional discussion, the House of Representatives approved NAFTA on November 17, 1993, 234-200. The agreement's supporters included 132 Republicans and 102 Democrats. NAFTA passed the Senate 61-38. Senate supporters were 34 Republicans and 27 Democrats. Clinton signed it into law on December 8, 1993; it went into effect on January 1, 1994.[3][4] Clinton, while signing the NAFTA bill, stated that "NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't support this agreement."[5]


It couldn't have happened without both parties. See how they are the same when all is said and done? We need more parties than the repueicrats or are they called the demonlicians? Have a good evening piddles.

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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.

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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.


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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