Kasich: Time to ‘Stabilize the Patient in Ohio’

Wednesday, 02 Mar 2011 07:41 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Gov. John Kasich says he’s going to bring back lost jobs and entice reluctant companies to return to Ohio, by employing people in state agencies who truly understand business, because the time has come to seek new remedies to “stabilize the patient in Ohio.”

kasich, ohio, patient, stabilizeIn a Tuesday interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Kasich said he will eliminate the state’s $8 billion budget shortfall by making Ohio more business friendly, understanding how CEOs think, relating to small business, and creating “a complete makeover for the state.”

“The deal here is, [that in] Ohio, you know, we’ve lost 600,000 jobs in the last 10 years, and 400,000 jobs in the last four years,” Kasich said. “A third of our college students leave after three years; the city of Cincinnati – you are going to be stunned when I tell you this – has lost 40 percent of its population since 1950; Youngstown and Cleveland have lost half of their population since 1950; and a lot of our job creators leave Ohio, because they are looking to get lower costs.”

Kasich says his goals center on a major reform package, which he plans to introduce on March 15.

“We’ll be reforming everything from higher ed, to K-through-12 education, to Medicaid, to the way our prisons work,” he said. “All of these things are part of a package, to set a stage, Sean, for entrepreneurship … and most important job creation, so that Ohio can be prosperous again.

“All I am fighting here is joblessness and poverty, and I am going to do everything I can to get us moving in the right direction,” Kasich said.

Hannity asked how many years does Kasich believe it will take to overcome the state’s staggering $8 billion budget deficit.

“The situation is we have to balance [the budget] every year, and we will get this budget balanced – and we will not only balance the budget, but we will preserve the tax cut that we all received in January.” Kasich said. “We’ve also passed a bill … to privatize our development department, so that we can move at the speed of business, not at the speed of bureaucracy.

“We’re also on the verge of passing a bill, that will allow us to eliminate silly rules and regulations that get in the way of small business,” he continued. “So we have a major reform agenda, and we will also restructure a lot of the operations of government.

“This government has become calcified, slow, tired and so reform is going to take us a long way.”

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