The Findlay Courier endorsed Gov. John Kasich for re-election, praising how Ohio has grown stronger with his pro-jobs agenda, but there’s still more to do. Here are a couple excerpts:
Four years ago, Ohio was in the midst of the recession, and voters had a dilemma. Should they stick with incumbent Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland or roll the dice with the sometimes arrogant, but aggressive Republican candidate, former Congressman John Kasich, to lead a recovery?
Voters picked Kasich, a gamble that most agree has paid off.
Certainly, no one can accuse Kasich of avoiding the tough calls or coasting through his first term, although he probably could have with a Republican-controlled Legislature.
Kasich’s administration made quick work of restoring Ohio’s budget, which was $8 billion in the hole when it took over, and has gradually transformed the state into a more business-friendly place.
One of Kasich’s initial tasks was creating JobsOhio to help market the state and drive business growth. Another was reforming the taxes to make the state more competitive.
Today, Ohio is being run more like a business than a government. The budget is balanced, the overall tax burden has been decreased, and there is even substantial money in the bank. At last reporting, the jobless rate is down to 5.7 percent.
Kasich, of course, can’t take all the credit for the turnaround. But, he clearly has helped make a difference.
Ohio has come too far in four years to change direction. Kasich deserves another four years to finish the work he has started.