Gov. Kasich asks Ohioans for Issue 2 alternative
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 21:56:14 GMT —
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he wants to hear from local communities on handling economic challenges in the wake of voters' rejection of a law that would have placed new limits on public employee unions.
Kasich on Monday said in a review of his first year in office that communities can't tax their way to prosperity, but that the people have spoken on curbing collective bargaining rights.
The law was rejected 62 percent to 38 percent.
He said one of the lesson learned from the referendum is that officials need to build a case for making change.
Kasich and other supporters had promoted the overhaul as a means for cities, school districts and others to control costs and retain workers.
As his first year in office comes to a close, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is also touting improved employment numbers, new jobs, a crackdown on illegal prescriptions and changes to the state's criminal sentencing law.
The Republican on Monday said economic boosts are a result of not raising taxes and balancing a budget in the face of an $8 billion shortfall.
He also said the state's new JobsOhio semi-private corporation has led to the creation of about 21,000 jobs and the retention of about 63,000.
Joblessness in Ohio was 8.5 percent in November, the lowest level since December 2008.
Kasich says he plans to focus on reducing the amount of high school graduates who need remediation before entering college and to create tough regulations on oil and natural gas drilling.