News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Greater Akron Chamber

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Knight Foundation


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


The fight over Kasich's budget may preview the Ohio governor's race
Democrats and Republicans lob charges over tax shifts, jobs and the middle class
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 
In The Region:

Ohio’s Republican and Democratic Party leaders are already tearing into each other over Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

INGLES: Budgets and governor's races

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:59)


Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett credits Gov.Kasich and Republicans for bringing thousands of new jobs to the Buckeye State. And Bennett says he wants to make sure Ohioans know it.

“Democrats have been hard at work this week spreading outright lies for what the new budget does. (Ohio Sen.) Eric Kearney and (former Hamilton County Commissioner) David Pepper have incorrectly stated that the budget raises taxes. It does not. The budget cuts taxes for every Ohioan by $1.4 billion. The Ohio Democrat Party has incorrectly claimed that the budget cuts funding for schools when, in fact, the budget increases the base level of state funding for school districts and assures no district will suffer any dollar loss.”

Claims of misinformation
Bennett is upset with the liberal leaning policy group, Innovation Ohio, and its leaders for spreading what he calls false information.

“So it’s OK for (Innovation Ohio’s) Dale Butland to go on TV and question the governor’s motives? Maybe it’s time for us to ask some questions. What is Innovation Ohio? What are its motivations? How do we hold them and the Democrats accountable for opposing job creation?”

Bennett says he’s answering those questions on a newly created website: Stop Ohio Job Killers.com.

“Our mission is to guarantee that (people know) Ohio Democrats are rooting against them finding a better job.”

Democrats say they're the ones who champion jobs
But the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, Chris Redfern, says Kasich’s budget it like “moving seats around on the Titanic.”

Redfern says Kasich’s income tax cut provides huge breaks to the wealthiest Ohioans. And he says Kasich’s plan to apply a lowered sales tax to many services that have never been taxed before amounts to a tax increase for many middle and low income Ohioans.

Redfern says it’s Democrats who have protected jobs, including by backing the federal bailout of the auto industry credited with saving thousands of jobs in Ohio. And he says it’s Democrats who have been cutting taxes.

Punishment
“Our record is this. When Gov. Strickland was in office, he offered seniors the largest property tax cut in this state’s history. And today, just three years later, Gov. Kasich goes in quite an opposite direction: one of the largest expansions of sales tax increases in state history that punishes consumers, punishes when they are alive, punishes when they are dead, punishes them when they are born, punishes when they go to school, punishes them when they are in the library, punishes them when they are on the Blue Streak at Cedar Point. John Kasich has a tax for that.”

Redfern says Kasich’s budget does nothing to reduce the size of state government. And he argues that Kasich has cut funding for local governments so they can no longer meet their obligations to their communities without increasing taxes.

As for the surplus Kasich often talks about, Redfern says it doesn’t exist. Redfern says he doesn’t need a special website to convince Ohioans that the Democrats are right. He says all Ohioans need to do is to look at the proposed budget.

“Fabrications cannot stand and will not stand. Budgets are moral documents. It’s what a governor’s campaign, it’s what a governor’s term rests upon. This governor’s budget is premace on the notion that if you reward the wealthiest and the richest, you will receive your reward with re-election.”

Both Redfern and Bennett are preparing for what’s likely to be the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in Ohio’s history. Many political analysts predict spending could top $20 million. 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Canton's proposed Timken-McKinley school merger is drawing spirited debate
From a sports opinion Varsity would have a lot more talent to choose from So Im sure varsity sports would improve.Also Timkens name would be much more published...

Canton school board will decide whether to merge high schools
I really hope we can save those jobs, usually we try to cut budgets but the demand is still the same. Then we look bad a year or two after the descion is made. ...

FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices
Would just comment that the plant has admitted the following (as reporting in the Akron Beacon Journal): "The utility has said it may have difficulty keeping t...

Mozzarella's easy when you have a way with curd
Hello, Where can I get such a heater that you have? Does it hold temperature that you set? What brand and model is it? Thank you in advance!! :)

Pluto: A healthy LeBron James is the key for the rocky Cavs
It's time to back our Cleveland professional teams through thick and thin. I've seen management, players and coaches come and go and it hasn't changed a thing. ...

Legal marijuana group offers new details about ballot issue
Americans feel as if they should have the right to decide on their own if and when it is or is not a responsible time to have a drink or smoke a joint. The fac...

The PUCO is assessing what happened in Akron's AT&T outage
not the first time for that steam pipe break... happened in the late 70's when the office was being converted to electronic switch ESS.. was a big mess then but...

The freeze of green-energy standards hurts Ohio wind and solar industries
What do we do at night and when the wind isn't blowing? Where does the power come from to back-up these renewable sources?

Gov. Kasich may still face budget battles with Ohio lawmakers
Governor Kasich continues to disappoint many of us who voted for him when he was elected Governor four years ago. It is way past time for charter schools to b...

FairlawnGig could bring super-fast fiber optic internet to the city
Sign me up! When can we have it. It is not nice to tease us with the possibility and then make us wait. Though I have to add that the speed to China does req...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University