The Columbus Dispatch recently did an editorial on John Kasich and Mary Taylor’s preliminary actions after being elected. From the editorial:
Within 24 hours of his victory, Kasich already was demonstrating what has been lacking in Ohio’s top office: the eagerness to engage problems. He called a press conference to announce the appointment of three members of his team, including the well-respected and experienced Tim Keen as director of the Office of Budget and Management. He will be at the center of the administration’s budget solution. With the financial expertise of his running mate, Lt. Gov.-elect Mary Taylor, an accountant who is currently the state auditor, Kasich has the core of an experienced and competent fiscal team.
He also outlined where some of the fiscal readjustments will take place. Having previously trashed Strickland’s unfunded school-funding model, Kasich indicated that he will be pressing school districts to reduce administrative costs through some sort of consolidation. He also said that binding arbitration used in settling labor disputes with municipal employees is a flawed system that he intends to address. And he flatly declared that the proposed 3C passenger-rail system, which was to be launched with $400 million in federal money and that would require an annual operating subsidy from Ohio taxpayers, is dead.
The following day, he and Taylor put lobbyists and other Statehouse insiders on notice that the administration, not special interests, will be calling the shots on how the next budget is balanced. Without laying out specifics, Kasich and Taylor indicated that what they have in mind is not simply a matter of cutting spending, but of redesigning state government. “Changes are coming,” Kasich said. “Some of them will be uncomfortable for people. But this is our chance to save the state.”
Until Kasich provides details, no one can judge the merit of his plans. But fundamental restructuring of state government is necessary if Ohio is to arrest its long slide and restore the growth and prosperity that is its proper condition. The state now has a leader who understands this.
You can read the entire editorial here.