In this article from the Columbus Dispatch, Governor John Kasich calls for local elected officials to work together to reduce costs and provide better services for the taxpayers. With political considerations set aside, it’s time for real leadership in Ohio. Please share your thoughts below:
Although not in Gov. John Kasich’s budget by name, Senate Bill 5 is there in spirit.
Kasich said yesterday that legislation to limit collective bargaining for public employees is part of his plan to help local governments and public schools absorb the approximately $1.9 billion in cuts outlined in his proposed budget.
“This was designed to give local people a chance to deal with what we knew was coming,” Kasich said during an interview with The Dispatch’s editorial board yesterday.
In perhaps his strongest message yet to mayors, county commissioners and school boards, Kasich challenged local leaders to avoid raising taxes to cope with cuts in state funding.
The governor said Senate Bill 5 and his first biennial budget, which promotes sharing services between governments, pooling health-care costs and reducing prevailing-wage requirements on public construction contracts, are tools for local governments to control costs.
“Look, we’re making hard decisions at the state level,” Kasich said. “It is time for local government to make decisions at the local level. We’re giving them a lot of tools, and if they want more tools, we’ll give them to them.
“Everybody in this state, whether it’s the townships, whether it’s the cities, whether it’s the school districts – raising taxes at the local level is not an option.”
Kasich said his proposed changes to Medicaid, education, prisons and other state functions were difficult decisions skipped by previous governors because of political considerations. He is asking local officials to follow his lead and set politics aside.
“You’re a mayor, you’re on the school board, you just don’t want to deliver bad news to anybody,” Kasich said. “I’m calling for people to be leaders.”
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