Governor Kasich was recently in Hanoverton at the Spread Eagle Tavern to rally support for State Issue 2 and talk about job creation. Read more below from the Salem News:
LISBON – With only a week until the Nov. 8 election and Senate Bill 5 behind in the polls, Gov. John Kasich stopped in Hanoverton on Tuesday to make his case for why voters should leave the controversial legislation intact.
Kasich said Senate Bill 5 is designed to make government less costly, which is a key component of his overall strategy of restoring state’s competitive edge for attracting news business and encouraging existing businesses to expand.
“If you don’t have low costs, if you don’t have low taxes, if you don’t have regulations that are reasonable, people will find work somewhere else and companies won’t come here,” he said.
As an example of what the governor was talking about, Kasich noted the city of Lancaster recently was forced to lay off 14 firefighters. One of the provisions of SB5 prohibits government bodies from paying the employees’ 10 percent portion of their pension contribution.
“If (firefighters) started the pension pick-up (the city) would have a million extra bucks. How many firefighters can you hire for a million bucks? So the situation is if we can control your cost by asking our public employees to pay 10 percent of their guaranteed pension and 15 percent of their health care,” those jobs might have been saved, he said.
“We have to be reform oriented. We got to figure out a way to deliver a better product to all of you at a lower price,” Kasich told the crowd of about 250.
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