From the Toledo Blade (“Railroad job”):

UNTIL the suffix is removed from Gov.-elect John Kasich’s title, Ted Strickland remains Ohio’s chief executive. The public pressure Mr. Kasich is exerting on Mr. Strickland to halt spending on studies of a modern passenger rail sy

stem in the state is neither helpful nor justified.

Meanwhile, the federal money Mr. Strickland is applying to contracts for engineering and environmental-impact planning – a projected $15 million to $25 million of the $400 million federal stimulus grant for the rail project – is not, in Mr. Kasich’s dismissive words, "unnecessary spending."

Even if Mr. Kasich makes good on his threat to ax 3C, the studies that are under way will help improve freight rail service throughout the state – a stated goal of the governor-elect – by identifying priorities for track upgrades. That infrastructure investment will benefit the Toledo area even though it is not along the proposed passenger-rail route.

And while it seems a futile hope, Mr. Kasich might yet want to re-examine the merits of the rail plan. Turning back nearly $400 million to Washington – some of it Ohioans’ tax dollars – during a persistent recession would not seem an act of fiscal prudence. Even some Republican state lawmakers are questioning the timing of the governor-elect’s anti-3C rhetoric.

Even if Mr. Kasich makes good on his threat to ax 3C, the studies that are under way will help improve freight rail service throughout the state – a stated goal of the governor-elect – by identifying priorities for track upgrades. That infrastructure investment will benefit the Toledo area even though it is not along the proposed passenger-rail route.

And while it seems a futile hope, Mr. Kasich might yet want to re-examine the merits of the rail plan. Turning back nearly $400 million to Washington – some of it Ohioans’ tax dollars – during a persistent recession would not seem an act of fiscal prudence. Even some Republican state lawmakers are questioning the timing of the governor-elect’s anti-3C rhetoric.

Mr. Kasich berated Mr. Strickland throughout the campaign for Ohio’s loss of 400,000 jobs during the incumbent governor’s term. So it seems a bit odd that he now would encourage Governor Strickland to boost that total by 16,000 – the number of estimated jobs the 3C project would create.

President Obama, after his election two years ago but before his inauguration, steered clear of involving himself in foreign-policy issues or the auto industry bailout. He said the country has only "one president at a time."

Similarly, Ohio has one governor as a time. As eager as Mr. Kasich appears to take over, he owes it to Mr. Strickland – on the 3C issue and others – to let the governor complete the last two months of this term before he imposes his own agenda.

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

Add to the uncertainty the likely consequence that in scrapping the reform model, Ohio could lose the $400 million in federal competitive grants it won earlier this year. The Strickland model identified essential components for effective education. It put the emphasis where it needed to be on such elements as a pipeline for effective teachers in classrooms, a high-level academic curriculum, data-driven assessments and interventions, an all-day kindergarten program and supportive services including school nurses and guidance counselors.

To a great degree, Ohio won the Race to the Top funds on the basis of reforms in the evidence-based model that meshed with federal goals for statewide school reforms. Among those goals are equitable distribution of effective teachers, increased accountability for teachers and principals, closing the achievement gap and more school-choice options.

Winning the Race to the Top award won’t fill the funding gap. Keeping it will ease the crunch. Kasich risks pulling the rug from under Ohio’s award. He cannot count on his unquestioned support for school choice and a promise of ”more money to the classrooms” to keep the money here.

The Akron Beacon Journal also took Governor-elect Kasich to task over the 3-C rail yesterday:

As it is, the Kasich posture echoes other critics. They raise questions. The state pursues answers about the project. Then, the critics make plain: They aren’t interested. They’ve made up their minds.

Although both of these papers endorsed Strickland, it’s noteworthy to see this level of criticism for a guy who just won an election a week ago.  Again, the Governor-elect gig is about the easiest job you can imagine, and Kasich is butchering it royally by making sure his first acts signal an Administration that is more concern with patronage and cronyism than governing Ohio or repairing our economy.

 
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  • Anonymous

    36 hours ago you were bitching that ohio newspaper were NOT taking on kasich. which is it? you guys are a bunch of john kerry windsurfers.

    here’s another point …. newspapers are dead. who cares what they do anyway?

  • Anonymous

    Then why do you care what we say about them? Seriously, you have no point.

    Things change. And when I write a post criticizing the media and then 36 hours later they do what I criticized them for NOT doing, it’s only fair that I note that.

    Geez. You’re such a whiner.

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