John Kasich ran for governor as a fiscal conservative. He promised to cut government spending at every level. Unfortunately, this seems to be his plan for the rest of the government while those closest to him are going to get big pay raises on our dime.

This morning I obtained a copy of the proposed salaries for Kasich’s staff and, compared to the equivalent Strickland staffers, salaries are going WAY up in the Governor’s office.

Strickland’s Communications Director Keith Dailey, for example, currently makes $89,003. While Kasich’s Scott Milburn is getting a bump to $120,000.

Press Secretary Amanda Wurst currently makes $69,992. Rob Nichols will get $90,000.00.

But the big boost is for Chief of Staff.

Strickland’s Chief of Staff John Haseley makes $122,990/year but Kasich’s incoming Chief of Staff Beth Hansen is going to receive $170,000. This is more money than every cabinet member but 3, more than the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, more than the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, Speaker and Senate President!

And while John Keeling doesn’t appear to be on the list yet (it’s still very incomplete), Jai Chabria is.

For his long-time friend and the second half of his two man office at Lehman, John Kasich made up a brand new position: Special Assistant to the Governor. And a brand new salary as well: $145,000.

The Governor himself only makes $141,708!

Expect a more detailed analysis of these numbers over the next few days. But don’t expect the result to be any different.

Governor Strickland succeeded at doing everything the Republicans always promise to do. He cut government spending, lowered taxes and reduced the size of government. He paid for his own healthcare and he kept his staff salaries low. He led by example.

John Kasich is obviously taking a different path: paying his own staff big bucks – even making up new, high-paid positions for his friends – and fiscal conservatives should take note.

It’s definitely a new day and a new way in the Governor’s office. But I find it difficult to believe that this is the type of behavior people expected from the maverick John Kasich when he promised to bring fiscal responsibility to state government.

And here’s a copy of the document we were provide in response to a public records request for the Office of Budget & Management:
Draft Budget Kasich

 
  • Anonymous

    Wow…. just wow…. Good job, Joseph!

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  • Anonymous

    “I will make some terrible mistakes, ok?”– Governor-elect John Kasich

    Hide your kids, hide your wallet….

  • Antoine Dobson

    Hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husbands cause they raping everybody out here.

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  • Americangypsy8

    Quick math = $243,000.00 in additional salaries. We all need to work that number into our conversations. We progressives need to push this.

  • http://twitter.com/paulackerman Paul Ackerman

    A raise of $30,997.00 hardly qualifies as a bump – how much more use could that money be if it went to the Passport program to keep elderly in their own homes for a bit longer. It would SAVE the state money in the long run.

  • Guest

    Wow, fiscal conservative while running for office then breaks his word about fiscal conservatism. Frugality for us, not so much for Ksich and his band of thugs. He is our employee and already wants to spend too much of my money. Why? Because he can and there are no rules for these guys. Hates unions and doesn’t want to pay people who actually do real work and not steal money by making bad trades and stealing money from poor people.
    Rotten idiot!

    Well John, you may not like it but you work for us not the other way around.

  • Ericogre34

    mr. guest, how exactly do we make him straighten up? i for one am in short supply of presidential mandates that will make him behave. do you happen to have an idea as to how we can accomplish this impossible task? believe me, it frightens me that we have protested and it STILL was bullrushed through, but now what? it feels like we can do nothing to stop it, the police back him up, forgetting the fact a lot of them will be unemployed by his actions, so what next?

  • Ericogre34

    mr. guest, how exactly do we make him straighten up? i for one am in short supply of presidential mandates that will make him behave. do you happen to have an idea as to how we can accomplish this impossible task? believe me, it frightens me that we have protested and it STILL was bullrushed through, but now what? it feels like we can do nothing to stop it, the police back him up, forgetting the fact a lot of them will be unemployed by his actions, so what next?

  • Ericogre34

    mr. guest, how exactly do we make him straighten up? i for one am in short supply of presidential mandates that will make him behave. do you happen to have an idea as to how we can accomplish this impossible task? believe me, it frightens me that we have protested and it STILL was bullrushed through, but now what? it feels like we can do nothing to stop it, the police back him up, forgetting the fact a lot of them will be unemployed by his actions, so what next?

  • Pelikan

    Holy. Shit. The communications director makes more than some Strickland Cabinet members and is responsible for what – a month-long clusterfuck over transparency? This is gonna be four years of grab what you can from the pot for Kasich, his friends and big business. Just unbelievable – and they have the nads to attack cops, teachers, firefighters and the folks who sweep the floors of their offices.

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  • Charles In OH

    Special Assistant to the Governor? Isn’t that the Chief of Staff? What about the Lieutanant Governor?

  • philgirl

    If he isn’t going to live in the residence, why does he need a 70k residence director?

  • Anonymous

    Good point… BRB>

  • Anonymous

    The person listed there is currently the facilities manager for the Governor’s Residence presently under Governor Strickland. I’m not sure what she makes. So, at least we now know that Kasich isn’t eliminating her job by not using the residence.

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  • Anonymous

    He’s giving the cronies he hired huge wage increases while Ohioans are struggling? Strickland left us with a $400M surplus, I guess Kasich plans to burn through that as fast as possible spending it on himself and his buddies.

    Where is the recall petition?

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  • Lesley A Hall

    I work in a library and have dedicated 12 yrs of service. Cuts have cut my salary by 3% there are times I can barely feed my family. I often put just enough gas in my tank to make it to work and back for the week. I am a hard working and honest tax payer both in the city I work and live. I own a home and pay my taxes without hesitation. It is VERY discouraging to know that such dishonesty is rampet in such positions of authority and that really should be role models for our society. But alas, I must stand corrected because these seem nothing more than crooks that feel they are better than the average person.

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  • http://reconstitution.us/rcnew jollyroger

    Guys like Kashitch are only “conservative” when it comes to state employees, or retirees, or the poor. They party like it’s 1999, when it comes to themselves.

  • http://reconstitution.us/rcnew jollyroger

    Guys like Kashitch are only “conservative” when it comes to state employees, or retirees, or the poor. They party like it’s 1999, when it comes to themselves.

  • Wittball22

    What they don’t tell you in this article is that Gov. Kasich has less staff and his TOTAL office salary is lower that Strickland’s staff total salary – get the facts people before you respond.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    you have missed the whole point –he says this state is in dire distress — not when you pay some ol pal $170,000 to be chief of staff
    way out of line in my checkbook —
    you should check the facts — strickland and his staff agreed to freeze their salaries for a time — Kasich didnt even offer to do this — just started giving ( and I quote) “bonuses” you have heard of those right

  • Luvcuffed

    Wittless needs to get a life.

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  • Jeremy

    Folks, of *course* his office staff has to make more money. They have to do *so much more* damage control than Strickland’s office staff did.

  • BigLib

    Oh? Is Ka$ich coming in where a CONVICTED governor left off? No, that was the last repiglican administration, and it was Strickland’s job to bring honor back to the office of governor, which he did, IN SPADES.

  • Razonkane

    that’s what happens when we fall asleep at elections..more dems should have come out to vote last nov…let’s get it in gear people……

  • Anonymous

    Let me just say I have always voted every time since I was 18 I am now 54 and I have always voted Dem. The problem is many people just don’t vote. They feel that their vote doesn’t make much difference. If it rains they stay home. If it snows they stay home. If the sun shines they go out but not to the polls. It is those people who put us where we are. If the politicians actually made since and told us what they were really about during their political campaigns it would be easier on the general public to make informed choices. They don’t and that is all parties. It is not easy to sift through all the crap you see on TV add campaigns. I teach and I see every day the struggles many people have in understanding even simple local politics. It is these people we need to help educate what is going on and why in our government. For many people have a difficult time seeing what is beyond the immediate and what the implications are in the future. Not every one is college educated, not everyone is even high school educated. We need to break this information down so all can understand what may happen when certain policies are up for change.

  • Anonymous

    Let me just say I have always voted every time since I was 18 I am now 54 and I have always voted Dem. The problem is many people just don’t vote. They feel that their vote doesn’t make much difference. If it rains they stay home. If it snows they stay home. If the sun shines they go out but not to the polls. It is those people who put us where we are. If the politicians actually made since and told us what they were really about during their political campaigns it would be easier on the general public to make informed choices. They don’t and that is all parties. It is not easy to sift through all the crap you see on TV add campaigns. I teach and I see every day the struggles many people have in understanding even simple local politics. It is these people we need to help educate what is going on and why in our government. For many people have a difficult time seeing what is beyond the immediate and what the implications are in the future. Not every one is college educated, not everyone is even high school educated. We need to break this information down so all can understand what may happen when certain policies are up for change.

  • Anonymous

    That’s no longer true as Kasich has added a number of new positions.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah…he cut all the lower paid office workers’ salaries but upped his personal staff’s salary….that’s your defense of this creep? Pretty lame.

  • Ericogre34

    cleveland, most of the loons who come on here and seem to just instigate are usually plants to keep people from really achieving some kind of goal, like deciding to recall or evict or whatever they do to get rid of scum like kasich. it’s something they used to teach in colleges, how to spot a planted operative in a political activist group, till the good ol’ fed outlawed that kind of info for us sheeple. sad to say, but if someone seems to do nothing but piss people off, it’s most likely because it is thier job to do just that. best thing you can do is ignore em and make them ineffective.

  • Luvcuffed

    It costs a lot of money to pay HITMEN.

  • Anonymous

    You actually trusted a former Wall Streeter and Fox News pundit? I have a bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in.

  • Codyusa

    People elected a community organizer who voted nothing but present. At least he worked. You have to work for someone.

  • http://www.plunderbund.com Eric

    Two things. First, watch the baiting comments. You’re welcome here, but under our rules. I’ve deleted one of your other comments because it added nothing to the thread and was just an attempt to get in a pissing match and insult other commenters.

    Second, you’re making a very poor argument as it relates to the current Governor. Kasich has zero private sector experience aside from his stint at Lehman Brothers which was an attempt to buy access and not his whiz bang financial executive experience.

    You’ve been warned.

  • Anonymous

    You actually trusted a former Wall Streeter and Fox News pundit? I have a bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in.

  • Luvcuffed

    John…you have one friend on here. That’s all I counted so far.

  • jjs

    So, Joe Average gets to take it in the shorts and the Gov spends over $ 250,000 in pay raises for his buddies.

    You expected something else from these crooks? This is the same guy who fleeced the retirement funds and cried, “I had nothing to do with it!”

    By the way, how do you know when a Republican is lying to you?

    THEIR LIPS MOVE!!!!

    Impeach Kasich, NOW!

  • http://twitter.com/DANGO547 DAN GOBEL

    MR. KASICH says if you want someone who can do a job and qualitfy you have to pay them a good wage to keep them.HOPE he remembers that when it comes to other state workers wages and benefits.

  • P_sla

    Teachers have the same qualifications –education, intelligence, background, work ethic, and even more education (MA,MS,PhD,DMA). If they were paid on equal ground they would be making DOUBLE what they make now.

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