The Republican Governors Association launched an ad this morning claiming that “John Kasich works.” Unfortunately for Ohio’s working families, Governor Kasich doesn’t work for everyone.
Governor Kasich raised local and sales taxes on working families, and raised property taxes on seniors about to retire. He balanced the budget and cut taxes for the wealthy by slashing a half million from education and gutting funds for police officers, firefighters, schools, and community services. And even when there was room in the budget, Kasich decided to hold back funds that could have saved police officers jobs.
Since the RGA has a hard time keeping their facts straight, here’s who John Kasich really works for:
Advertisement: “Four years ago, Ohio was in free fall….Then John Kasich stepped in, went to work. Erased the deficit without raising taxes.”
FACT: Conservative Business Publication Called Kasich Tax Shifter, Not Tax Cutter: “The reality is, the governor is a tax shifter. He is adept at transferring the burden of taxation from one party to another while giving the appearance of reducing taxes. Shifting the load is how he can balance a state budget that grows year after year even as he beats the drum for lower individual income tax rates.” [Crain’s Cleveland Business, 3/16/2014]
FACT: Taxpayers Were Asked To Pay $1.34 Billion As A Result Of Kasich’s 1.8 Billion In School Funding Cuts “As a direct result of the $1.8 billion in school funding cuts approved by Gov. Kasich and the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature, local taxpayers have been asked to approve 393 school levies representing $1.34 billion in new operating money since May, 2011. Levies representing $492 million in new operating funds have passed.” [Innovation Ohio, 4/25/13]
FACT: Conservative Think Tank Said Kasich Preferred “Higher Spending And Tax Cuts…Over Making The Tough Choices To Keep Spending Down” According to an analysis by right leaning think tank Opportunity Ohio, “it is clear that Governor John Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly prefer higher spending and tax cuts funded by projected higher revenues over making the tough choices to keep spending down. The sounder approach is to fund tax cuts with spending cuts.“ [Opportunity Ohio, 7/2/13]
Advertisement: “Kasich filled the rainy day fund protecting Ohio’s future.”
FACT: Kasich Refused to Use Rainy Day Fund to Save Police Officers’ Jobs: “Kasich insists that the state’s rainy day fund should be replenished with new budget surpluses, despite the fact that schools and communities across Ohio are still suffering from state budget cuts, which resulted in ‘cutbacks in essential local services, hikes in local property taxes, and layoffs of teachers, police officers, and firefighters.’” [The Toledo Blade, 4/29/2012]
Advertisement: “Unemployment dropped thirty-three percent, nearly a quarter million new jobs.”
FACT: Kasich Claims Credit for Jobs He Didn’t Create: “Although several auto companies have announced investments in Ohio recently, many of those decision have been made years earlier, said Kristina Adamaski, a spokeswoman for Ford. The company’s decision to invest $500 million in Lima was the result of several factors, she said, including capacity that was available there and negotiations with the UAW as far back as 2011.” [Dayton Daily News, 4/7/2014]
FACT: Kasich’s Job Numbers are Misleading “Ohio lost about 350,000 jobs under former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, [Kasich] says, and the state’s economy has added ‘almost a quarter of a million’ jobs (241,800) since Kasich took over. What Kasich doesn’t say: He’s only using private-sector jobs figures, which exclude government workers. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/22/2014]
FACT: Small and Mid-Size Businesses Not Hiring: “Ohio’s small and medium-size businesses are feeling more confident these days — but not enough to start adding employees, according to a report by PNC Bank. The Pittsburgh-based bank’s spring survey, released this morning, found that 48 percent of business owners expect sales to increase and 37 percent say profits will go up in the next six months.” [Columbus Dispatch, 4/3/2014]