The Canton Repository endorsed Gov. John Kasich for re-election. Here are some excerpts from their editorial:
Government is better, Ohio stronger for his leadership
In four years as governor, John Kasich has made state government better — stronger financially, more appealing to business and more protective of Ohioans who need the state’s services.
Kasich, a Republican, has accomplished this both by leading and by letting others lead. And he has done it by unifying his party around some issues and bucking the party on others.
The Repository editorial board urges voters to give Kasich a second term.
Taking the helm during an economic recession, Kasich worked with the Legislature to get Ohio out of an $8 billion budget hole. The state’s rainy-day fund, which was under a dollar in 2010, is nearing $2 billion.
Innovative approaches by Kasich have allowed considerable progress in two other big-ticket areas of state government. His decision to sell Ohio Turnpike bonds is enabling the Department of Transportation to repair and replace infrastructure much sooner than it could have done otherwise In contrast, higher education is benefiting from a more cohesive approach to capital improvements because Kasich took a step back — he told state university presidents to work together to come up with the right plan.
Universities also now receive state funding based on their graduation rates, not enrollment rates, and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee is opening up a brighter academic future for young students.