John Kasich on Jobs

Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President


I created jobs in Congress & in Ohio; let's make it thrice

Our most important moral purpose as leaders in the political system is to make sure we create an environment for job creation so people can live their dreams and realize their God-given potential.

I've been an innovator my entire career. And I really don't care what special interests or lobbyists have to say. I have a job to do when I take over a public office. Now, we freeze non-defense discretionary for eight years. We also put an increase in defense spending. Our tax cuts balance out. And at the end of the day, we will get to a balanced budget.

And I want everybody here to know, when I was Budget Committee chairman in Washington, I stepped on every toe in that town, and we got to a balanced budget, and we had enormous job growth. And as governor of Ohio, we went from 350,000 lost jobs to a gain of 347,000 jobs. I'll do it in Washington. I've done it twice; I'll do it thrice for the United States of America.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

When you balance the budget & cut taxes, people get work

When you balance the budget and you cut taxes, people get work. Our most important moral purpose as leaders is to make sure we create an environment for job creation so people can live their dreams and realize their God-given potential. For those at the bottom, we've got to do what we can to train them so they can move up. To look the other way is not acceptable. We've gotten it done in our state, and I will do it for America.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

Don't raise minimum wage willy-nilly, & do it at state level

Q: You supported a "reasonable" increase in the federal minimum wage, but then you backed off.

KASICH: No, people were asking me about minimum wage and I said it's very important that we don't raise the minimum wage willy-nilly and we end up throwing out of work the most unskilled workers. I also said that if you're going to have a raising the minimum wage, it ought to be something that gets calculated between employers and labor. And I fundamentally believe it ought to be done at the state level.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Sep 13, 2015

Limit collective-bargaining rights for public employees

For his first high-profile crusade as Governor, he took on organized labor, championing legislation to limit collective-bargaining rights for public employees. The Legislature was happy to accommodate, and less than three months after being sworn in, Kasich signed Senate Bill 5 into law. The unions promptly struck back, launching a fierce campaign to repeal the measure via referendum. Activists mobilized. Money poured in from out of state. Kasich's popularity cratered. Come November, SB 5 was crushed at the ballot box, a defeat that garnered national coverage and humiliated the governor.

But then things took a turn for the weird. The pugnacious Kasich conceded defeat. Graciously. On election night, he issued an official statement noting that "the people of Ohio have spoken, and I respect their decision." And then, he let the issue go. For some Kasich-watchers, this was when the governor began to moderate.

Source: National Journal 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Mar 7, 2015

2011: Public employee union reforms overturned by voters

Unlike Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), Kasich was defeated in his clash against public employee unions during his first term. Kasich's efforts to reform state labor laws were overwhelming reversed by voters in a 2011 ballot initiative.
Source: Robert Costa in 2015 Wash.Post on 2016 Presidential hopefuls , Feb 11, 2015

No strikes allowed for public employees

Gov. Kasich passed collective bargaining reform legislation that outlawed strikes for public employees, banned arbitration, implemented merit pay for teachers, and gave cities and school boards greater flexibility. Thousands of union activists stormed the Ohio state capital to protest the changes about the same time as the protests in WI.

One big difference between our bill and the bill in Ohio was that we exempted firefighters and police officers from our collective bargaining reforms. Kasich had not. This allowed the unions to cast Kasich as an enemy of public safety.

Kasich never got a chance to implement his reforms. Kasich's opponents simply needed to gather 230,000 signatures to trigger a referendum. By July 2011, they had gathered 1.3 million. That meant his reform law was immediately suspended and put on the ballot, where it was repealed before the changes could take effect. Ohio voters never got an opportunity to see whether or not the reforms had worked as Kasich promised.

Source: Unintimidated, by Scott Walker, p.156-7 , Nov 18, 2013

Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages.

Kasich signed the Contract with America:

[As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bill]:

The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act:
Small business incentives, capital gains cut and indexation, neutral cost recovery, risk assessment/cost-benefit analysis, strengthening the Regulatory Flexibility Act and unfunded mandate reform to create jobs and raise worker wages.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA10 on Sep 27, 1994

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