John Kasich loves to talk about “the kids”. He mentioned “kids” 16 times in his state of the state speech. And “babies” 7 times.
John Kasich said he wants to “stand up for our kids” and “make things a little bit better for the families and the kids.” He said he wants to help “mothers and their babies” by giving them “the prenatal care they need”.
Funny story: John Kasich’s budget makes HUGE cuts to programs that help kids and babies, while his own office gets only minor cuts – none of which impact the salary of his staff.
If you take a look budget blue book section for the Governor’s office you’ll see that they cut about $176K from their budget from 2011 to 2012. This is a little under 5.5% and nearly the same he his paying his chief of staff Beth Hansen.
Compare that to the cuts he’s planning to make to these programs which directly impact Ohio’s children:
|Program||Total Cut||Percent cut|
|Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps||1,250,000||14%|
|Help Me Grow||2,826,000||8%|
|Early Care and Education||10,673,000||8%|
|Adoption of children with special needs||7,038,000||10%|
Yes, you did read those numbers correctly.
John Kasich cut his office expenses by 176k and he cut the Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps by 1.25 MILLION – nearly 10 times as much.