For the past few months as John Kasich has been visiting local leaders across the Buckeye state, he has spoken about the downward spiral that is the Ohio economy. Well today we learned just how prophetic those words were. From today’s Columbus Dispatch:
“A lagging national economy means Ohio is facing a staggering shortage of up to $7.3 billion in the next two-year state budget that begins July 1, Gov. Ted Strickland said this afternoon.
And if the federal government doesn’t provide significant financial aid to Ohio soon and holiday retail sales aren’t “robust,” the state will have to cut an additional $640 million from the current state budget, the governor said.”
And here you will find Gov. Strickland’s solution for the problem that doesn’t rely on a bailout from the federal government:
Yep, Governor Ted’s solution is to go crying to Uncle Sam and beg for more money. This, at best, is a short term fix to the nagging problems facing Ohio today. Problems that are being completely ignored by the Governor.
Currently, Ohio’s tax burden is 7th highest in the country. Seventh. Know what it was 30 years ago? 45th. And which other midwest states have it worse than Buckeyes? None. Zip. Zero.
This problem will NOT be fixed by big government bailouts. It will be fixed by lower taxes that encourage growth and stability. And it CAN be fixed by a Governor that has the courage to address our state’s problems head on.
Governor Strickland clearly doesn’t have it.
John Kasich has gotten it done before…and he can do it again.