Shortly after winning the election in 2010, John Kasich made a couple of big promises that he still touts today as part of his “Ohio Miracle” speech:

1. he was going shrink the size of state government and

2. he was going to bring private sector jobs to Ohio.

June 2013 was the final month of the state’s fiscal year and the last month of John Kasich’s first “Jobs Budget”.   So how did the governor do toward meeting these goals now that we’ve been implementing his plans for two full years?

The just-released jobs numbers for June, as Modern reported yesterday, paint a pretty sad picture about the effectiveness of Kasich’s policies, and they don’t bode well for the next two years under Kasich’s huge new budget.

Here’s where we are now:

  • In June, Ohio ranked second-to-last in job growth, losing 12,500 jobs
  • Many of these losses came from the private sector: manufacturing lost 3,100 jobs and and construction lost 1,900 jobs
  • State government, on the other hand, actually grew by 3,400 jobs last month
  • Ohio’s unemployment rate jumped back up to 7.2% in June while, nationally, the unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level in 10 weeks
  • “The Ohio year-over-year job growth rate for June will be 0.39%, while the year over year job growth rate for the USA in June is at 1.67 percent,” George Zeller told the Plain Dealer
  • Last month, the Pew Center ranked Ohio 47th for private sector job growth over the past year
  • All this, while Kasich has increased state government spending by over twenty percent in his two budgets

So how it Kasich doing on keeping his promises?  State government spending has skyrocketed, private sector job growth has tanked.    I’d say he’s doing pretty damn poorly.

  • Stephen Beard

    And here I thought the Kasich bus was going to run over us if we didn’t on board. Looks like it’s run over us anyway, whether we are on board or not.

  • dman

    Kasich has increased the size of gov and increased spending while cutting money to local govs and schools.

    He has failed to do what he said he would do. The dem candidate for governor just needs to point this out. Show a clip of Kasich making the promises and then show the facts of what actually happened under Kasich.

  • Mark Schrider

    So much for Robs…er…JobsOhio and it’s efforts to loot the treasury…I mean create jobs for their friends and cronies…erm, ahh…I mean Ohioans.

  • dmoore2222

    As they say in Texas, “All hat an no cattle.” It would be even worse if the Auto Industry, which he was perfectly willing to let die, hadn’t rebounded. Think of all the related industries in that supply chain that employ lots of people. If he had just one accomplishment as big as his mouth then he’d be OK.

  • Natasha

    The Republican promise is turning out out to be destruction of opportunity and the middle class in Ohio

    Most, if not all, parents want unbridled success and good fortune for their children. It turns out that moving up in the world, exceeding the circumstances of your birth and upbringing, is difficult to do and even tougher in some locales in Ohio.

    Looking at Ohio, it’s damn hard to move up in the world when compared to other states and more so in the Republican dominated portions of Ohio. For example:

    “A child who grows up in the Columbus Ohio area with parents who earn in the 50th percentile ($60,000) … ends up, on average, in the 48th percentile.”

    In Youngstown by contrast the offspring of a 50th percentile family moves up to the 51st percentile earning fully 4% more than the parents While the Columbus kid loses 4% when compared to the parental earnings of their upbringing.

    This might be one factor described as: “That pattern makes economists more confident that the characteristics of different regions — as opposed to something inherent and unchangeable in the local residents — are helping cause the varying mobility rates.”

    This is the legacy of the Republican attack on the middle class, the destruction of public education, and their systemic bigotry in Ohio and the USA. They are creating and underclass to serve them.

    See the results and see how other regions fare much better than the Republican dominated regions like Ohio and the deep South at: emc=edit_th_20130722&_r=0

  • dmoore2222

    Extremely well said. When Kasich stated that the taxpayer pays twice for health insurance, once for their own and again for that of public workers (a totally proposterous claim), it clearly indicated he doesn’t think public workers are deserving of health care. The big irony here is that he, and his republican elitists in the legislature, are public workers and benefit from a blue chip health care plan along with their $60K base, PART-TIME salaries– at taxpayer expense. He continues to mouth hs “economic miralce” but only to highly selected suburban and exurban audiences. He would be booed off the podium in downtown Cleveland, Cinci, Columbus or any other urban setting.

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