Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor recently visited a Springfield business to meet with supporters and receive the endorsement of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. The Springfield News-Sun has more:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday told a group of Clark County supporters the state has balanced its budget and added jobs during his first term, but more change is needed, including eventually eliminating Ohio’s income tax.
Kasich, the Republican governor, visited a Springfield manufacturing firm Tuesday where he accepted the endorsement from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. The chamber also endorsed Kasich in 2010, which at the time broke a decades-long tradition in which the organization had remained neutral on the state race.
He argued his administration found creative ways to balance the state’s $8 billion budget deficit and helped businesses create thousands of jobs as the state recovered from the Great Recession. He also argued more changes are needed to keep Ohio competitive, including eliminating the state’s income tax. Kasich cited Texas and Florida as models for growth, and argued state legislators need to make significant changes to improve the state’s business climate.
“I think the worst thing you can do in politics is take the easy road to help you get re-elected,” Kasich said.
The endorsement marks only the second time the Ohio Chamber has endorsed a candidate for governor. The Ohio business group also endorsed Kasich in 2010, breaking what had been at that time a 117-year tradition of remaining neutral in the race.