Women’s pay still lags in Ohio

A newspaper investigation has found the average pay gap between men and women in the offices of four of Ohio’s five elected statewide officials has grown to as much as almost $10 an hour, as it’s shrunk to under a dollar across the rest of state government.
Associated Press
Apr 21, 2014


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.



Just about everyone's pay is lagging in Ohio.

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The Hero Zone

Why is there an unwritten presumption that everyone gets the same pay, especially under a broad office such as the governor's staff? Incomplete stories like this really irk me.


@Hero Zone,
The writers want you to think this is the bad ole Republicans again, but maybe if the guy in the White House led by example and paid his women staffers the same, he'd seem less hypocritical when he is pounding his chest for equal pay.....

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The Hero Zone

I don't even expect "equal pay" as it is implied here because it just can't happen. It has nothing to do with genitalia. It's irritating that these are somehow legitimate numbers/issues when you take a broad aggregate of the population, provide no context nor description, and just report a number that was manufactured. What's even more frustrating, in my opinion, isn't even the asinine accusations/implied points that the Democrats lob out but the fact that Republicans DON'T EVEN REFUTE OR EXPLAIN THEM!

Criminy. The Governor did a great job of buying into bunk and what does that mean for those who voted for him? What are they to think about that? Either he isn't intelligent enough to understand and counterpoint this garbage or...he's playing along willingly for some unknown purpose. Which is it?



I couldn't have said it better.....

Stop It

I'd be the Tommy Lee Jones one. Face palm not even deserved when a disgusted look over the glasses does the job just fine.