Governor John Kasich has included many reforms in his Jobs Budget that will offer better services at a lower cost to taxpayers. You can read more in this article preview from the National Review Online:
For conservatives, it’s a recession-era dream budget. “It balances the budget, preserves our tax cuts, and sets the stage for renewing the ability of Ohio to create jobs,” Ohio governor John Kasich tells National Review Online.
The $55.5 billion budget, which covers the next two fiscal years and fills an $8.6 billion shortfall, cuts $1.4 billion from Medicaid funding, sells five prisons to private operators, and slashes the money sent to local governments by 25 percent next year and an additional 25 percent in the following year. That last decision has proven to be controversial already, with critics charging that Kasich is passing the deficit problems to local governments, forcing them to raise taxes or severely restrict services. Kasich sees the cuts as an opportunity — and says it would be a “huge mistake” for local government to raise taxes, thus “providing disincentives for companies to locate in their communities.”
“Our local governments need to get into the 21st century. They have not had the same commitment to management and cost savings and reform that we have at the state level right now,” he remarks, noting that the state government has offered local governments “significant tools” to help them consolidate administrative and safety services.
What makes Kasich’s budget unusual is its detailed attention to reform. Like Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, who often talks about how he reduced DMV wait times from 40 minutes to less than 8 minutes, Kasich’s budgetary vision isn’t just for a more limited government, but also for a better, more efficient government. “We’re serving the customer a better product at a lower price,” Kasich says.
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