At an event in Cleveland today, Governor Kasich was asked about the arrest of a suspect in the killing of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in tarps over the weekend.

“This is what happens when you have poverty,” replied Kasich.

“And that’s why I feel so strongly that no neighborhood can be left behind,” continued the governor.  “[And] no one in Ohio shouldn’t be in a position of being lifted at times when they’re not hitting on all cylinders to a point to where they can have a secure job and a great family and a great neighborhood.”

So how has Mr. Kasich done on helping lifting East Cleveland residents while they are “not hitting on all cylinders”?

Sadly, not so well.

The cuts in Kasich’s first budget had a devastating impact on local communities, like East Cleveland.   According to Policy Matters Ohio, the 2012/2013 budget resulted in losses of $11.2 million for mental health services and $22.7 million for county health services in Cuyahoga County, where East Cleveland is located.

The city of East Cleveland lost $2.8 million in funding from the state and in January of this year, they were forced to layoff 10 police officers and 10 dispatchers as a result of budget shortfalls.

Those massive state cuts to local governments are maintained in the 2014/2015 budget Kasich recently signed.

I’ll give Kasich the benefit of the doubt and assume he WASN’T claiming that being poor somehow makes you more likely to turn out a psychopathic, copy-cat serial killer.

But his comments were still highly insensitive coming from a guy whose budget cuts have directly resulted in decreased access to mental health and healthcare services and reduced police protection for the people who he claims he wants to help lift out of poverty.

  • clr1390

    All the while massive tax cuts for the wealthy and property taxes going up!! All because Republicans have pushed such hate toward the black man in the White House, they will continue to allow The American Taliban to gut the US government for profit. I thought instead of gun control they needed mental health funding?

  • Mark Schrider

    The utter hypocrisy of Kasich and his fellow travelers in the GOP is boundless.

  • dmoore2222

    Is this guy even considered literate? And since when has he ever given a hoot about poor people? There’s nothing in his political history that suggests he even knows East Cleveland exists. And we have another year of this phony?

  • Stephanie Gilley

    Ohio Gov Kasich spinning his BS to get poor people to vote for him when he actually despises and blames the poor for their suffering at the hands of Republican policies. He is a lying self-serving criminal.

  • Think.

    “Not hitting on all cylinders…” “Run over you with the bus…” “Moving at the speed of business…” What is it with this guy and his vehicular analogies?

  • dmoore2222

    Good one.

  • anastasjoy

    I can’t figure out what that statement from Taxin’ John Kasich even meant. The man is incoherent.

    Now the struggling homeowners in Cuyahoga County are going to be asked to cough up another $100 per $100,000 valuation for health and human services this November, in addition to renewal. Why? I give you three guesses and you’ll probably need only one. Kasich stole our money! Given that he increased the state budget 20% over Strickland’s final budget, he should be increasing funding to local governments for essential services, not taking it away. Hmmmm …I wonder where the money is going ….

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