From today’s Dispatch:

For the first time in three years, Ohio’s Medicaid rolls declined.

In December, the tax-funded health care program for the poor and disabled covered 1,600 fewer Ohioans than the previous month.

With a total enrollment of more than 2.1 million, the decline amounts to a tiny fraction of a percent.

It is entirely a statement of an improving economy. (The rolls) decreased because people were going back to work,” said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

John Kasich has yet to lower one tax, sell one state asset or privatize one government function. John Kasich hasn’t even signed one bill yet. Even HB1, which would eliminate all transparency and accountability requirements from state development activites by creating JobsOhio, is still floating around the Senate.

And yet…

The economy is already improving and people are getting back to work after the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.

It kind of makes you wonder if maybe demonizing public employees, selling our turnpike to the Spanish, giving unlimited and unmonitored expense accounts to Kasich’s business pals and turning over control of our prisons to a for-profit company has more to do with the new governor’s out-of-control idealogical agenda and less to do with actually improving Ohio’s economy and creating jobs.