Democratic State Senator Kenny Yuko, who represents the 25th District and is the primary sponsor of SB 25, talked Tuesday about his bill to increase Ohio’s minimum wage shortly after House Republican leadership presented highlights of a substitute budget bill, HB 64, that veers sharply away from the record-setting executive budget presented by Gov. John Kasich. The bill has many highlights, one of which is that it reduces the governor’s historic-high budget bill by $775 million.
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John Kasich likes to talk about how Ohio’s economy was terrible under his predecessor, but now, with him in charge, things are turning around.
Yesterday, statistics came out that show the exact opposite.
According to numbers released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, over the past two years, Ohio’s economy, as measured by its Gross Domestic Product, grew. That’s the good news.
The bad news for Kasich is that it slowed down tremendously after he took office.
In 2010, the last year of Governor Strickland’s administration, after the auto rescue and stimulus had been fully implemented, Ohio’s GDP […]Full Story... →
Women make up a majority—53 percent—of the national electorate, and are key to any Democrat’s path to the White House. In 2008, while Obama won the election by 7 points, his winning margin among women was 13. In Ohio, the picture was similar: women make up 52% of the electorate and went for Obama over McCain by 8 points.
Because of the importance of winning the women’s vote, we will be monitoring available polling in Ohio to see how this important demographic is feeling about the candidates. We posted earlier this month that the President […]Full Story... →
Here’s a chart from Innovation Ohio showing Ohio’s unemployment rate compared to the nation:
They repeat much of what I said before: Ohio’s unemployment ranks are growing, the ranks of the employed is shrinking, and the number of people either working or looking for work in Ohio has nosedived since, well, right around the time John Kasich’s “Jobs Budget” was being passed.
During this time, Kasich has been going around the nation talking about how job creators love what he’s doing in Ohio to “remove barriers” to job creation. So, when are those job creators going to, you […]Full Story... →
This morning, the Ohio jobs report for August was released by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. It’s not good news. For the third straight month in a row, unemployment in Ohio went up from 9% in July to 9.1% in August. The number of unemployed Ohioans grew by 7,000. The number of employed Ohioans shrank by 700.
Governor John Kasich was elected by hammering incumbent Governor Ted Strickland over jobs, even though Ohio was in the middle of what would be a fourteen-month consistently drop in unemployment and the fact that Ohio’s unemployment rate had fallen […]Full Story... →
Why does Governor Kasich support parts of the President’s American Jobs Act? Simple. It takes the pain away from his budget and makes it easier for him to pass even more tax cuts as the federal and local governments are left to cover more and more of the costs of government in Ohio. Also, let’s face it, Kasich needs to do something to appear to be more centric than he’s shown the past seven months.Full Story... →
Governor Kasich’s fearmongering continues on Issue 2. For the third time in two days, another news report of Kasich making outrageous predictions about what Ohio will look like after Issue 2 is defeated.
Two days ago, we wrote about how the Dispatch reported that Kasich said if Issue 2 is defeated on November 8th, then it means the private sector labor unions will get emboldened and somehow Ohio will have card check (even though we’ll still have a legislature controlled by the Republicans and Kasich as Governor.) Then the Dispatch reported how Kasich threatened the same meeting of […]Full Story... →
Today, a crowd of roughly 400, mostly labor members, protested outside of Governor Kasich’s office building with one simple message:
I love Wheel of Fortune’s new “protest” edition.
Here’s NPR’s Bill Cohen’s coverage of it, in which Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols defends Kasich on the economy: WKSU- 9-9-11- “Where are the jobs?” Protest
Governor Kasich’s press secretary defended his boss. Rob Nichols noted eight straight months of net job growth in Ohio, with a total of 45,000 new jobs. One reason, he said, the official jobless rate has gone up recently is that jobless Ohioans are more confident about […]Full Story... →
For the second month in a row, Ohio’s unemployment rate in July increased .2% to 9%. This was the first full month of the new FY 2012 since Governor Kasich signed his “Jobs Budget” into law.
The number of unemployed Ohioans increased for the second month in a row. In July, the number of unemployed Ohio grew 12,000 from June. In June, the number of unemployed Ohioans grew 11,000. In other words, the growth in the number of unemployed Ohioans stayed relatively flat, with some slight growth.
But job creation can’t keep up with the changes […]Full Story... →
So much for that structurally balanced budget Kasich’s been talking about. From Gongwer:
Ohio’s coffers started the first month of the new fiscal year slightly in the red compared to state analysts’ projections, with a dip in personal income and tobacco taxes the main culprits.
When income taxes, cigarettes, and non-auto sales tax all come below estimates, estimates the Kasich Administration claimed were already conservative in their growth, you’ve got an economic problem on your hand.
Now, let’s reiterate here. The last six months of Ted Strickland’s last budget showed the State consistently come in with above projected revenues. Kasich’s […]Full Story... →
During the campaign, John Kasich liked to highlight the community of Wilmington as symbol to criticize Governor Strickland over the economy, going so far as making his first campaign ad for Governor to focus on the community. Wilmington lost 7,000 jobs when DHL announced that it was closing its domestic parcel air service in the United States in November 2008 (DHL acquired Airborne Express in 2003 and was given local and state incentives in 2003 to expand services in Wilmington).
Kasich promised that if he was elected as Governor, the kind of mass layoffs we saw during […]Full Story... →