The MSM has decided to now start paying close attention to Ohio. Wisconsin is mostly over except for the shouting, but Ohio is just beginning to stir. There is going to be a spin on most MSM news that the GOP are losing in Ohio and they are in big trouble. Do not read the news for anything more than the facts. The conclusions are always slanted against the GOP and the conservatives.
I have three recent articles about Governor John Kasich. John Kasich’s budget cuts needed to be deep by the Chillicothe Gazette, Kasich welcomes Chinese investors in Toledo, and Kasich cancels check to casino by the Columbus Dispatch should be read. I am just going to provide my analysis about what these news articles tell us about John Kasich.
The budget article talks about the five stages of any government budget proposal –
- discussion about what might be in the proposal
- the proposal
- the dissection/reaction
- the debate
- the revision and the approval
Governor Kasich did stage one while campaigning, and he completed stage 2 with his first budget — a 774-page whopper where 250 of 371 general fund line items are cut at a savings of $2.3 billion. So we are at stage 3 where some people are acting shocked that he has offered a proposal that matches exactly what he said he was going to do. It is tough decisions that he made right now instead of just kicking the can down the road.
The other two stories tell us something about how Governor John Kasich believes he can make Ohio a business-friendly state. In the one story about Chinese investors in Toledo these Chinese investors are not getting any perks from Ohio. They have already purchased a restaurant complex along the Maumee River and are looking to buy and develop Toledo’s 127-acre Marina District. Kasich has met with Chinese delegations, including once with a New York-based Chinese government official, on multiple occasions since he was elected in November. He said in those meetings he was critical of the Chinese government’s currency manipulation and the trade advantage it holds with the United States. If there are no requirements from these Chinese that nothing critical can be said about China then I do not know why there should be a problem with this investment money coming in to Ohio. The other story is about a casino wanting to receive perks from Ohio taxpayers for building a casino. An amendment prohibiting the Ohio Department of Development or other entities from using state assistance for casinos, or other gambling sites such as racetracks, was included in the transportation budget approved by the Senate on Tuesday and ratified by the House yesterday.
Rob Nichols, spokesman for Gov. John Kasich, said the administration requested the amendment because it thinks casinos have sufficient resources and don’t need help from the state’s taxpayers.
Columbus has been involved in a stalemate with Penn National over annexation of the casino site. The city has refused to provide sewer and water services to the site unless it is annexed. The company has balked at annexation unless the city agrees to breaks on taxes and utility rates and other financial help.
So we have a US investor that, unlike the Chinese investor, is looking for all the special considerations and perks that they can get. Governor Kasich is letting the potential investors know that there are no special deals. The business friendly environment he wants to create in Ohio is for all opportunities to be same for everyone without picking any favorites. This is capitalism instead of corporatism, and I cheer for Governor Kasich to win this fight.