John Kasich loves to talk about his “Jobs Budgets”.   But when you really look at the numbers, it’s hard not to see the real goal:  the elimination of union jobs in Ohio.   Corrections is one of the largest and most heavily unionized areas of state government, and these workers appear to be one of his primary targets.

Kasich’s first budget cut nearly $129 Million from the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (DRC) and the Department of Youth Services (DYS).  He also sold one state facility, the Lake Erie Correctional Institution, to private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America and privatized the North Shore Correctional Institution.

According to DRC’s Monthly Fact Sheets, the total number of Corrections Officers in public institutions has decreased by 749 since January 2011 – a drop of 10.6% in the two years since Kasich has been in office.  Some corrections officers were forced to take jobs at the newly privatized prison for less pay and reduced benefits.   Others weren’t so “lucky”.

The Governor’s latest budget proposal continues those cuts, coming it at $117 Million below 2010/2011 levels.   He’s also hatched a new plan that would eliminate 500  jobs at Ohio’s prisons by privatizing food service operations.

Numbers and sources are included below.


Links to Fact Sheets: Jan 11 Fact Sheet and Jan 13 Fact Sheet

Links to Budget Information: 2012/2013 Budget and proposed 2014/2015 Budget

  • Bob M

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Has he read about Lake Erie Correctional Institution (LECI) lately? Sorry, dumb question, has anybody told him what is going on at LECI lately?

  • John W.

    This is despicable. Firing honest workers at the price of safety is unacceptable in this or any other state.

  • How about he start charging inmates for housing, medical, food and anything else they need. I think every state and county should charge the inmates for everything in the jail. If they can’t pay they’re share then make their sentence longer.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Adolph Hitler, May 2, 1933:
    “We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their
    leaders in prison. We must reduce
    workers salaries and take away their right to strike.”

  • Red Rover

    That’s extreme. People don’t have to be Nazis to oppose unions. It’s called capitalism.

  • One of Kasich’s main goal sence taking office,was/is to get rid of state unions,has nothing to do with capitalism.It has to do with who we vote for and elect to office.

  • anastasjoy

    The problem is it’s conditional, impure capitalism. The right wants limitless, unbalanced “capitalism” for the workers, while the profits of the big corporations are government-protected — socializing all the risk to the big players.

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