The Plain Dealer reports that Sherrod Brown took aim at the Kasich administration yesterday, criticizing the size of the state’s incentive proposal to NASA for a new Cleveland-area project that would have employed Ohioans in the management of part of the International Space Station project.
Apparently, Florida was able to put together a package of incentives worth $30 million, while Ohio’s offer was in the ballpark of $2 million. When confronted with the Senator’s criticisms, Kasich snapped:
“Business people look at him like he’s an extremist, just so he understands that,” Kasich said of Brown. “I’m willing to work with him and I’ve been working with him. I’ve said nothing negative about him, but when he starts talking about our inadequacies, he better look in the mirror.”
Extremist? Ad hominem attacks much? Someone needs to check his own mirror. But, back to the substance of the state’s offer to NASA:
Kasich also questioned whether such a high-priced tax credit package was worth 30 or so jobs. “I’m just telling you we can’t do everything because we don’t have the resources to do everything,” he said.
Let’s remember how much Kasich was able to scrape together for some of his recently announced deals. and what he got in return:
- $8 million to Bob Evans to move across town and create zero new jobs
- $56 million for Diebold to stay in Ohio and eliminate as many as 500 jobs
- A $2 million dollar handout as a press stunt to people who didn’t even ask for it
Now, I’m hardly asserting that paying $1 million per job is good economic development policy. But given the guy’s track record, paying $56 million to lose 500 jobs and handing out $2 million on a whim, it’s just interesting to learn that the guy has a limit to his free-spending ways. And apparently it’s securing jobs for rocket scientists. Good to know.
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