Some great excerpts from Governor Kasich’s speech to the Rotary Club of Toledo and Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce on Monday. Kasich spoke about Ohio’s lack of competitiveness, the budget situation and the public sector union issue. Some favorite quotes below the video embed.
We face an $8 billion budget deficit and that makes everybody shudder, I guess, except for me. You know why? Because the fact of the matter is, we have to deal with it.
You want me to make us less competitive and raise taxes? It’s not gonna be on my watch. Because I’m not gonna put Ohio further in the ditch. I will not be a part of it.
What we want to do is restructure this government and give a very clear message to the business community in our state and the business community around this country that Ohio is open for business and we mean to create jobs. Plain and simple.
It’s refreshing to hear a governor take these issues head on, right out of the gate. John Kasich doesn’t seem to be afraid of the huge task ahead of him, and he isn’t looking for bailouts from the federal government, either.
His critics don’t like his blunt, no-nonsense talk about these issues. Perhaps because they aren’t accustomed to an Ohio Governor actually showing strong leadership.