Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to gain in the polls after two solid performances at the Republican primary debates and a robust campaign effort in New Hampshire, where he recently cracked the Top 3.
Summarized below are eight areas of policy that Kasich highlights as his priority on JohnKasich.com
, as he continues to introduce himself to a national audience.
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1. Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy
— "Gov. John Kasich teamed up with Ohio’s legislature to cut taxes by $5 billion since 2011, the largest tax cut of any sitting governor," his website reported, referring to the death tax, income taxes for small business, and more. When Kasich took the governorship from Democrat Ted Strickland in 2011, Ohio was rated 48th in the nation for job creation. Now, under Kasich, it's in the Top 10.
— Kasich believes above all else that "Education is a state and local issue and should not be micro-managed by the federal government," meaning he opposes federal mandates. As governor of Ohio, he claims he "quadrupled the number of available vouchers" and expanded the number of schools that accept those vouchers.
3. National Security
— The only 2016 presidential candidate to serve as both a governor and member of the U.S. Congress, Kasich previously sat on the Armed Services Committee, meaning he's no stranger to the military. In 1986, Kasich was instrumental in passing President Ronald Reagan's Pentagon realignment, which increased the authority of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in turn helped achieve a quick victory in the first Gulf War. He's also helped expand laws to give college credit to military personnel for training, and believes in strengthening the military with increased defense spending.
4. A Conservative Approach to Better Healthcar
e — Obamacare must be "Repealed and Replaced," says Kasich. Currently, Ohio is controlling healthcare costs through its Medicaid system by increasing access to preventative primary care. In March, Ohio also began working with Anthem, Aetna, Medical Mutual and UnitedHealthcare to treat all expenses related to high-cost episodes as part of one event, incentivizing doctors to lower costs through increased coordination among anesthesiologists, hospitals, device manufacturers, rehabilitation therapists, and drug makers.
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5. Fiscal Responsibility and Balancing Budgets
— "As chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, John Kasich led the historic effort to balance the federal budget for the first time in a generation, cut taxes, start paying down the national debt held by the public and generate a projected $5 trillion surplus," his website reported, referring to his track record under President Bill Clinton. As governor, Kasich inherited an $8 billion budget shortfall, but successfully turned his state around by reducing taxes and lowering unemployment.
6. Defending the Second Amendment
— In Ohio, Kasich has passed laws to protect concealed carry, enacted privacy measures for permit holders, and made many licenses reciprocally recognized in other states.
7. Lifting up the Most Vulnerable Americans
— Kasich created Ohio’s first-ever Earned Income Tax Credit, helping working men and women "keep more of what they earn." He's also eliminated many so-called welfare benefit "cliffs," re-incentivizing jobs and promotions for recipients.
8. Respecting the Sanctity of Human Life
— Kasich has a strong pro-life record, and stopped awarding new state dollars to Planned Parenthood when he became governor. He's also streamlined the state's adoption policies, and helped create a $500,000 Parenting and Pregnancy support program for expecting mothers.
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