In this editorial, the Salem News endorses Gov. John Kasich’s re-election and explains why Ohio is stronger today thanks to his leadership. Here are some excerpts:
When John Kasich took the reins as governor of Ohio in January 2011, the state was a mess. Far from being able to do anything meaningful to improve the state – and address rampant unemployment – state leaders could not even get their own house in order. Among the first priorities of the new governor and General Assembly had to be closing an $8 billion gap in the state’s two-year budget.
They did that quickly and effectively. Then Kasich moved on to making progress happen for Ohioans.
Kasich would be among the first to emphasize politicians do not create jobs. All they can do is eliminate barriers for the private sector to do so.
During Kasich’s administration, state government seems to have done an excellent job of that. Tax relief for Buckeye State residents has left more money in their pockets. Trimming taxes for businesses has allowed them to create more jobs. Overall, state tax breaks under the Kasich administration have totaled about $3 billion.
Four years ago, Ohioans were preoccupied with hoping state government could dig its way out of a mess that had been allowed to build for years.
Now, they can have reason for optimism – much of it because of Kasich’s leadership.
The Salem News endorses Kasich for re-election as governor. Ohio voters who want more progress should cast their ballots for him in the Nov. 4 election.