First, according to CNBC’s website, the 2011 “Business Friendliness” for Ohio went from #38 in 2010 to #42 in 2011. So, that’s not an improvement. What the 2010-2011 CNBC rankings (if you even care about such relatively arbitrary ranking gimmicks are from a media outlet) do show is that Ohio was the most improved State in their ranking system with an overall improvement in their rank by eleven spots from 34th in 2010 to 23rd this year.
But, again, this has nothing to do with John Kasich. Because anyone who reads about CNBC’s methodology can tell they use publicly available data that has to be at least a year old. In fact, here’s precisely why CNBC says it improved Ohio’s rank:
Ohio is this year’s most improved state, jumping eleven places to 23rd overall thanks to a huge improvement in Cost of Doing Business. Ohio improved to 5th place in our most important category, from 29th place last year. A multi-year effort to reform the tax code in the Buckeye State is paying off with a tax structure that welcomes new investment. At the same time, wages have fallen in Ohio relative to other states. That helps businesses on the cost side, but workers suffer.
Again, there’s nothing in there about anything Kasich has done. They credit the 2005 tax reforms that were fully implemented before Kasich took office and the fact that personal income has fallen relative to other States. The first is something Kasich can’t take credit for; the second is something NOBODY should want to take credit for.
Just like his misuse of the S&P, Kasich is going around presenting himself as getting all sorts of accolades from business institutions in the hope to fool Ohioans that major business leaders are liking what they’re seeing from Kasich. But just as is the case with S&P, Kasich is using a finding that really is talking about things that were done in Ohio under Governor Strickland than anything done by Kasich. (And there was no $8 billion deficit. Kasich inherited a nearly $1 billion surplus that he was able to use to replenish the “rainy day” fund, which is what S&P was actually applauding.)
We all know how Kasich likes to model his governorship after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Hey, what did CNBC say about New Jersey in their rankings this year?
The biggest overall decline came in New Jersey, which fell eight spots this year to 30th place overall largely because of the state’s budget situation—one of the worst in the nation, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. New Jersey is no garden spot when it comes to the Economy, which ranked 42nd in our study this year.
It’s absolutely shameless for Kasich to use what is actually praise for what Governor Strickland did and pass it off as praise for Kasich. It’s absolutely pathetic that apparently nobody in the media calls him on it.