Governor Kasich began his first 100 days in office talking about how people “needed to get on the bus”  and “strap on their seatbelts” as he pushed to enact his conservative agenda to move his Administration “at the speed of business,”  thus proving that Kasich is better at making clichés than making good public policy.

He began by putting JobsOhio on the fast track to passage by announcing a proposal that was no more specific than JobsOhio was during the campaign, but with a commitment by the GOP legislative leadership that it would be signed into law in February.

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Kasich and his legislative allies pass SB 5 in the same railroading fashion, dismantle Governor Strickland’s evidence-based school funding model and other education reforms, pass his CSI “regulatory reform” to give Mary Taylor something to do, and add two more calamity days for schools to offset the over one billion in funding cuts for primary and secondary education.

As Kasich holds one bill signing ceremony after another, his poll numbers appear to get worse and worse.  Kasich enters office as the second least popular new Governor elected in 2010.  Shortly after taking office, Quinnipiac finds that there is wide opposition to Kasich’s agenda and that his support is not much better than his disapproval overall.  The Ohio Poll, which actually shows Kasich with his best polling numbers since taking office, shows Kasich polling worse than Bob Taft.  Kasich polls the worst of any new Governor polled in Ohio’s history, polling slightly worse than Dick Celeste did at this point in his term. 

It gets even worse as Democratic polling outfit PPP finds that Kasich would lose by 15-points in a rematch against Strickland as buyers’ remorse sets in after Kasich has been office only a month.  When Quinnipiac repolls Ohio two months after their first poll, they find that Kasich’s approval has stayed flat, while his disapproval has more than doubled.

Kasich ends his first 100 days as he began it: with a list of unpopular legislative accomplishments and an unmoving 30% approval rating.

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