Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald released the following statement on the statewide results of the third grade reading test. The results, released yesterday, show that over 12 percent of Ohio’s 3rd graders did not pass and are at risk of being held back.
Governor Kasich maintained his silence on the 5,000 projected lay-offs in Ohio this year at his press conference yesterday. One possible explanation: while in Congress, John Kasich voted against a bill to require employers to give workers 60 days notice of impending lay-offs. The bill, known as the the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), was passed into law in 1988 despite Kasich’s opposition.
Despite Governor Kasich’s insistence that he was uninvolved in the Suarez pay-to-play scandal, federal prosecutors revealed in court today that a February 2011 internal strategy memo proposed that Kasich contact the California Attorney General on Suarez’s behalf. Governor Kasich’s office ultimately followed through on that “to-do-list” and contacted California AG Kamala Harris in April of that year.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald, Ohio House of Representatives Democratic Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard, and Ohio Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni released the following statement on today’s signing of the Mid-Biennium Budget Review:
Governor Kasich remained silent on the possibility of Ohio losing nearly 1,200 jobs at Anchor Hocking over the weekend. While the Governor has repeatedly attended ceremonies to announce new jobs, he has said little about the projected 5,000 lay-offs across 23 counties already announced this year. The full list of 2014 WARN notices can be found HERE.