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During his 100 day celebration, after declaring his need to avoid “unforced errors,” Governor Kasich suggested that part of what SB 5 did was bring state government benefits more in line with the “shabby” benefits of private workers like a waitress at Bob Evans.  By bringing Ohio’s public employee union benefits, to the “shabby” benefits of minimum wage, non-union jobs like the waitress at Bob Evans saves the State money, Kasich argued.

(Source: Marc Kovac @ Ohio Capital Blog)

So, would the State of Ohio save money if it provided benefits like Bob Evans does?  No.


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As Governor Kasich and his allies boast about how JobsOhio is putting Ohio at the head of a “jobs race” among the States, several national media outlets question what the heck Ohio is thinking.

You know, liberal rags like USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, which both have reported that many of these economic development efforts fail to make meaningful progress in improving an area’s economy, but do encourage businesses to engage in an incentives racket to pit one area against another.

When Kasich starts to lose even the Wall Street Journal, well, game over, man…. game over.

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A year ago, Kasich spokeman Rob Nichols suggested that Ted Strickand was wasting taxpayer money any time he used the State’s plane to travel and that the State didn’t even need a State plane. Now, Nichols suggests that it’s vital for Ohio’s economy that Kasich spends nearly $400 a day using the State plane sometimes for no other reason than to make a staff announcement to garner more favorable local media coverage.

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