Historic Attacks on Middle-Class, Women Enacted by Gov. Kasich in Ohio

Handouts to the wealthy, tax increases for middle-class, defunding Planned Parenthood, forced ultrasounds in store for Ohioans

COLUMBUS, OHIO- Following Governor John Kasich’s signing of a state budget that attacks the middle-class and women, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“If there was ever any doubt of John Kasich’s extremist values, he’s made his priorities crystal clear by attacking women’s health care and giving his wealthy and well-connected friends a $6,000 handout, paid for by tax raises on the middle-class. Kasich’s move to increase sales and property taxes shifts a greater burden on to working families across our state, and will make it even harder for local communities to fund essential services like education. And once again, the Governor has shown what a hypocrite and ineffective leader he can be by failing to take meaningful steps on Medicaid expansion.

“And with the stroke of a pen, Kasich launched an all-out assault on women’s health care, defunding Planned Parenthood and putting at risk the life-saving, critical health care they provide, including cancer screenings, HIV tests, and even birth control. But make no mistake, whether it’s John Kasich’s gag on rape crisis centers, the effort to shut down clinics across the state, or even his forced ultrasounds, this budget sets women’s health care back decades. Because of John Kasich, it’s a sad day in Ohio and women will suffer.”


Ohio Republican Budget to Harm Middle-Class Families and Women the Worst

COLUMBUS, OHIO- Today, the Ohio Legislature approved a state budget that rewards the wealthy and well-connected with thousands of dollars in handouts, while increasing taxes on the middle-class and setting women’s health care back decades. In a tight vote in the State House of Representatives, the budget passed 53-44, while passing in the State Senate 21-11.

In response, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“In a narrow House vote, some of the state’s most conservative Republicans turned their backs on Governor Kasich because even they understand that this budget does more harm than good. This plan to reward the wealthy and well-connected with a $6,000 handout, financed by middle-class tax increases, will not improve our economy or create jobs. And these property tax increases for all Ohioans will have the unfortunate effect of making it even harder to pass school levies and fund other essential local services.

“But even more unconscionable than this tax shift is the all-out war Republicans have launched on women’s health care. From forcing women’s health clinics to close, placing new restrictions on the care rape-crisis centers can provide, to even defunding Planned Parenthood, Republicans have doubled down on the same attacks against women that worked so well in 2012. Unless Governor Kasich vetoes all the dangerous health provisions contained in this budget, women will suffer.”


Topical Reminder: John Kasich Has a Terrible Record on LGBT Issues

COLUMBUS – In light of today’s landmark Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, it is worth noting that Ohio Governor John Kasich – who voted for DOMA in 1996 – has a truly terrible record on LGBT issues.

It’s not just DOMA. Kasich once said on the CBS news program “Face the Nation” that “I don’t approve of the gay lifestyle,” and he has a long record of opposing marriage equality and equal rights.

Let’s give credit where due, however: for about three hours last March, Kasich moderated his position and supported civil unions…before having a staff member clarify that he, in fact, opposes equality – by any name – after all. A position he reaffirmed today, responding to today’s groundbreaking news that he “supports traditional marriage.”

The record speaks for itself, and it doesn’t say anything good.

Kasich’s LGBT Record

Kasich: “I Don’t Approve Of The Gay Lifestyle.” On Face the Nation in 1998, Kasich said that “as a man of faith, I call tell you there’s behavior I don’t approve of, and I don’t approve of the–of the gay lifestyle, but what I’ll tell you is I don’t really focus on the sin; I focus on the good that people can bring to our society, and I urge my friends and they urge me to do better every single day.” [Face The Nation, CBS, 7/5/1998]


Kasich Supported Ohio Constitutional Ban On Gay Marriage The Columbus Dispatch reported on September 26, 2010 that, “Kasich said marriage ‘is betweena man and a woman,’ and he supported the 2004 amendment to Ohio’s Constitutiondefining it as such.” [Columbus Dispatch, 9/26/10]

Kasich Opposed Marriage Equality, Said “I Don’t Believe That There Ought To Be Gay Marriages.”  On Hardball With Chris Matthews in 1999, when asked if a gay person could be president, he said, “Well, sure, I think it can happen.  But, Chris, let me just say this to you: I don’t–I don’t–I would never condemn somebody because of their lifestyle, but it doesn’t mean that–that I have to be approving of it.  In other words, I don’t believe that there ought to be gay marriages, but I’m not gonna run around trying to–to put the finger on people and try to condemn them… That’s–that’s really not my job.” [Hardball With Chris Matthews, MSNBC, 1/26/99]

Kasich Voted For The Defense Of Marriage Act.  In 1996, Kasich voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which, the Akron Beacon Journal wrote, “define marriage as a heterosexual union only and limit marriage rights for gays and lesbians.'” [HR 3396, Vote #316, 7/12/96; Akron Beacon Journal, 7/13/96]

Kasich Flip Flopped On Supporting Civil Unions

March 20, 2013: Kasich Said He Supported Civil Unions; Said “If People Want To Have Civil Unions And Have Some Way To Transfer Their Resources, I’m For That.”  According to WCPO Channel 9: “Ohio Gov. John Kasich Wednesday said while he supports civil unions for same sex couples, he remains opposed to same sex marriage…. ‘If people want to have civil unions and have some way to transfer their resources, I’m for that. I don’t support gay marriage. ” [WCPO, 3/21/13]

  • March 21, 2013: Kasich’s Spokesman Reiterated Kasich’s Opposition To Civil Unions; Said “[Kasich] Opposes Changing Ohio’s Constitution To Allow For Civil Unions,” According to Buzzfeed ” Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said he favored civil unions in an interview published Thursday morning, but by Thursday afternoon his spokesman said otherwise. ‘He may have used the term ‘civil union’ loosely in this instance,’ Kasich spokesperson Rob Nichols said in a statement sent to BuzzFeed. ‘The governor’s position is unchanged. He opposes gay marriage and opposes changing Ohio’s Constitution to allow for civil unions,’ said Nichols. ‘He’s opposed to discrimination against any Ohioan and, while he may have used the term ‘civil union’ loosely in this instance, he recognizes the existing rights of Ohioans to enter into private contracts to manage their personal property and health care issues.’” [Buzzfeed, 3/21/13]

Kasich Voted To Ban Adoptions By Gay Parents In Washington DC

Kasich Voted to Deny Adoptions By Homosexual Couples In The District Of Columbia. Kasich Voted Yes On H.R. 4380 (105th): The District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1999  “Section 150 – Prohibits funds contained in this Act from being used: … to carry out any joint adoption of a child between individuals who are not related by blood or marriage.” [HR 4380, 8/3/98 – Roll Call available here]

Kasich Voted Three Times To Against Providing Medical Benefits For Homosexual Couples

1998:  Kasich Opposed Medical Benefits For Homosexual Couples In San Francisco. In 1998, Kasich voted to prohibit funds from being used to implement the San Francisco ordinance that requires private companies and organizations contracting with or receiving grants from the city to provide health care benefits to unmarried domestic partners of their workers.  [HR 4194, Vote #349, 7/29/1998; CQ Weekly, 8/1/98]

1993:  Kasich Voted To Ban Funds For Domestic Partners Program In DC.  In 1993, Kasich  voted in favor of legislation prohibiting Washington, D.C. from using federal funds to enforce “domestic partners” legislation allowing city workers to extend health benefits to an unrelated adult partner.  [HR 2492, Vote #313, 6/30/1993; Washington Times, 7/04/93]

1992:  Kasich Opposed Health Coverage For Domestic Partners.  In 1992, Kasich voted against a domestic partnership law allowing D.C. employees to extend health care coverage to a “domestic partner.”  The bill would also prohibit the use of federal funds for abortions except to save the life of the woman, but would place no prohibition on the use of locally raised funds. [HR 5517, Vote #275, 7/8/1992; Washington Times, 7/12/92]

Military Service Equality

Kasich Supported Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; Bill Discouraging Gays From Joining The Military.  In 1993, Kasich voted in favor of DADT, a bill banning gays from serving in the military.   According to the Washington Times, the bill “discourages homosexual enlistment in the military and brands homosexuality an ‘unacceptable risk’ to the morale of the armed services.” [HR 2401, Vote #462, 9/28/1993; Washington Times, 10/03/93]

  • Kasich: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Is A “Great Policy” On Hardball With Chris Matthews in January 1999, when asked if a gay person should be allowed in the military, John Kasich said, “Yeah, I do. Sure, I do… But in terms of the military, you know, we’ve got don’t ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell…’ The president developed that with the Congress. I think it’s–it’s a great policy.” [Hardball With Chris Matthews, CNBC News Transcripts, 1/26/99]
  • 12,340 Service Members Were Discharged Because of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The Associated Press reported on November 18, 2009 that, “the military dischargedabout 12,340 people between 1994 and 2007 for violating the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy,according to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a military watchdoggroup.” [Associated Press, 11/18/09]

Kasich Wrote Clinton Telling Him To Go Slow On Gays In The Military.  The Columbus Dispatch wrote, “Kasich joined all other [Armed Services] committee Republicans in a letter to Clinton Wednesday. It said, ‘We are concerned that your decision to change current Department of Defense policy regarding homosexuals will be made before the American public, Congress or our military have had an opportunity to understand the implications that such a decision might have for the readiness and quality of life of our armed forces.'” [Columbus Dispatch, 1/31/93]

Kasich Said Republicans Shouldn’t Support Gays In Military; It Would Make GOP “Be Mush.” When asked on Crossfire in 2000 why the GOP didn’t support gays in the military, Kasich said that “we’re inclusive, but we don’t want to be mush… on gays in the military, we have ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We think it’s the best policy.” [Crossfire, CNN, 8/1/00]


Kasich Revised State Policy To Allow Discrimination On Basis Of Gender Identity The Columbus Dispatch reported on January 22, 2011 that, “Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order yesterday setting an anti-discrimination policy for state-government employment…Kasich said in his campaign that he would continue a 2007 order from former Gov. Ted Strickland that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but Kasich’s order leaves out ‘gender identity.’” [Columbus Dispatch, 1/22/11]

Kasich Suggested Implementing A “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy In Community Programs Such As Big Brothers Big Sisters.  While guest hosting the O’Reilly Factor in 2002, and discussing the barring of openly gay volunteers from mentoring children in Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs, Kasich said that “there’s one thing I don’t understand. I’m a heterosexual, but I do not run around in the newsroom declaring my sexuality. What is this business about people feeling they must declare their sexual orientation? Why don’t we just adopt a policy like they have in the military, don’t ask, don’t tell, it’s nobody’s business, and if you exhibit some demonstration of your sexual orientation, you ought to be out?” [The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, 8/16/02]

Kasich Voted Against Efforts To Prohibit Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation In 1998, Kasich voted to defund implementation of Clinton’s executive order to prohibit discrimination in the federal civilian workforce. [HR 4276, Vote # 398, 8/5/98]

Kasich Opposed A Ruling Overturning Anti-Sodomy Law In Texas Guest hosting The O’Reilly Factor after the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case declaring the Texas Anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional, Kasich said, “I don’t think it’s just a privacy issue. I think it’s going to have a profound impact on our culture… And frankly, I think a lot of people have missed the boat on this. This is going to open up a big debate with huge, cultural ramifications… I personally didn’t like the ruling” [The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, 6/27/03]

Kasich Opposed Law Recognizing The Contributions Of The LGBT Community In History Lessons.  Guest-hosting The O’Reilly Factor in 2006, Kasich said of a California proposal to teach about the contributions of the LGBT community in schools, “They’re going to teach this in a book. I mean, what are they doing here… I’ll tell you something. It never ceases to amaze me. I love to come to California, but when I study this stuff, it never ceases to amaze me.” [The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, 5/12/06]

Human Rights Campaign Rankings

Human Rights Campaign Ranked Kasich Low In Defending LGBT Rights.  From 1989 to 2001, Kasich only voted with the Human Rights Campaign’s positions an average of about 15% of the time, and never more than 30% of the time in a single meeting of Congress. [Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecards]

101st Congress (1989-1990):  30

102nd Congress (1991-1992):  0

103rd Congress (1993-1994):  14

104th Congress (1995-1996):  22

105th Congress (1997-1998):  13

106th Congress (1999-2000):  10

Ohio Democratic Chairman’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Impacting Equality

COLUMBUS, OHIO- In response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions finding the Defense of Marriage Act  (DOMA) unconstitutional and allowing same-sex couple to marry in California, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“I’m deeply thankful that the Defense of Marriage Act has finally been struck from our country’s books, and that millions across the nation and Ohio are one step closer to equal and fair treatment under the law. DOMA implemented discrimination into the highest law of the land, and it’s a great day that this ugly reminder of a different time is finally gone.

“Ohio Democrats are honored to stand with our LGBT brothers and sisters in the fight to earn marriage equality for all, and continue our march to overcome the prejudice of the past. But despite our victories across the nation, Ohio Republicans in the Statehouse and Governor’s office remain committed to keeping prejudice enshrined in law.”


Governor Unskewed Polls Guy?

Remember Dean Chambers, the notorious Unskewed Polls Guy of 2012?

Well Mr. Chambers must have a fan in Governor John Kasich. How else to explain Governor Kasich’s dismissive response to a question in an interview yesterday regarding a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which shows that Ohio created just 4,400 jobs in the last year, tied with Alaska for 47th place in the country:

Q: This morning we received a letter that the Democratic Party sent out questioning or challenging the statements you’ve made about job creation…. They’re claiming there are other surveys out, Pew Institute, for one, claiming that it’s 4,400.

A: Well, I don’t respond to that. That’s all just political gibberish

Good to know. In John Kasich’s mind, hard data from independent sources is ‘political gibberish,’ while partisan surveys of CEO’s should be accepted at face value (and featured in taxpayer-funded campaign-style advertisements).

C’mon, Governor. That’s not good enough.

[The interview can be seen in its entirety here.]

Please see the following back-up materials:

Pew Charitable Trust: From April 2012 Through April 2013 Ohio Created Only 4,400 Jobs, A 0.1% Increase. [Pew Charitable Trust, Bureau Of Labor Statistics, 2012-2013]

April 2013: The Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia Predicted That Ohio’s Growth Rate Would Be .73 Percent – The 43rd Lowest In The Nation. [The Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia- State Leading Indexes, April 2013]

2012-2013: Ohio Was Tied With Alaska For 47th In Job Creation When Measured By Percentage Change. [Pew Charitable Trust, Bureau Of Labor Statistics, 2012-2013]

Chief Executive Magazine Ranked Ohio 22nd Best In The Nation For Business Competitiveness.  [Chief Executive Magazine, 5/6/13]

Chief Executive Magazine’s Best/Worst States For Business Article Was Based On An Unscientific Survey Of An Undisclosed Group Of 736 CEOs According to CEO Magazine “In its ninth annual survey of CEO opinion about the best and worst states in which to do business, 736 CEOs—the highest response on record—rendered their verdict. Business leaders were asked to grade states with which they are familiar on a variety of competitive metrics that CEOs themselves regard as critical. These include: 1) taxation and regulation; 2) quality of workforce; and 3) living environment. The tax and regulatory grade includes a measure of how CEOs grade a state’s attitude toward business, a key indicator.” [CEO Magazine, 5/6/13]

CEO Magazine CEO & Publisher Marshall Cooper Formerly Worked In President George H.W. Bush’s White House. According to his biography on Greenhaven Partners’ website,  ” Prior to Greenhaven, Marshall did merger and acquisition and strategy work for K-III Communications (now Primedia) and The New York Times Company. He also served from 1989 to 1991 as editor of President Bush’s primary briefing, The Daily White House News Summary. He also worked for the Department of State at the American Embassy in Helsinki.” [Greenhaven Partners, accessed 6/15/13]

CEO Magazine CEO & Publisher Marshall Cooper Contributed $70,030 To Republican Candidates And Causes Between 2007 And 2013; Compared With $500 In Contributions To A Single Democrat. [Open Secrets, accessed 6/17/13]

CEO Magazine Cited Ohio’s Lack Of So Called Right To Work Legislation As A Black Mark Against The State. According to CEO Magazine, “‘Ohio’s lack of ‘right to work’ regulations and high utility costs make it increasingly more unattractive for capital investment.’” [CEO Magazine, 5/6/13]


Ohio GOP Continues Attacks on Women With Forced Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill

COLUMBUS, OHIO – In response to Ohio Republicans’ introduction of a bill that would force medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds on women, Ohio Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Liz Brown released the following statement:

 “In what world did Republicans decide that forcing invasive transvaginal ultrasounds, lectures, and flat-out lies to women in the doctor’s office would somehow be in the best interests of Ohioans?  What’s more, this GOP bill eliminates a doctor’s ability to provide immediate and sometimes life-saving care when a women’s health is at risk.

“From forcing these medically unnecessary procedures, to defunding Planned Parenthood, to jeopardizing funding for rape crisis centers, the GOP is sending a clear message that they plan a continued assault aimed squarely at women’s health and privacy.

“If the Republican Party spent as much time focused on the economy as they do trying to publicly shame women while simultaneously compromising their health care, perhaps Ohio would not have fallen to 47th in the nation in job growth.”




New Revelations Concerning Josh Mandel’s Questionable Decision Making as State Treasurer

Report Exposes Mandel Single-Handedly Making Banking Decisions That Have Cost Ohio Workers Millions in Fees

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Recently, the Columbus Dispatch reported on a unique and questionable arrangement that gives State Treasurer Josh Mandel exclusive authority to decide which banks public pension funds use and what fees they must pay.

Some key facts include:

  • The leadership of Ohio’s various pension funds has no authority in regard to the selection of the custodian bank for their respective funds, nor the selection criteria to use for decision-making.  All power lies in the hands of Josh Mandel.
  • In a recent incident, as a result of a change in custodians handling foreign investments for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, costs are rising from $75,000 a year to $3.5 million — a total increase in costs of $13.7 million over the four-year life of the contract.
  • One national consultant who works in the industry said Ohio is the only state he knows of with this arrangement, “there are no other states with trustee boards where the board does not have the authority to contract directly with the custodial bank”
  • Representatives from the state’s pension funds, which represent more than 400,000 recipients and beneficiaries, have sought a change in the law to remove the treasurer, citing potential political conflicts of interests arising.
  • Anticipating an effort to strip the State Treasurer of this power, the Treasurer’s office has declared they would “fight that effort tooth and nail”

With power comes, or should come, responsibility, so the Ohio Democratic Party calls on Josh Mandel to do the following:


1)    Publicly release all details surrounding the bidding process around any changes in this regard that have been considered, during the time he has been Treasurer.

2)    Release all contributions that he has received in either his state or federal committees from any individuals associated with firms who have business, or who have sought business, from contracts which he has decision making power over.

3)    Explain why the Treasurer feels he can make better banking decisions than the pension boards, who have the fiduciary responsibility for their retirees funds, even though outside consultants have suggested the Treasurer’s involvement could become unnecessarily political and consultants cannot name a single other state that has the same arrangement?

This is just the latest in a long list of incidents that causes head scratching as to what’s going on in the Treasurer’s office.  During his failed Senate campaign, Ohioans learned of Mandel’s hiring of unqualified friends and political cronies to lucrative and important positions in the Treasurer’s office and Mandel’s complete failure to even show up at State Board of Deposit meetings his first year in office, choosing instead to campaign for a new job.

“Public workers already had plenty of reasons not to trust Josh Mandel, but now they also know that his sole authority over Ohio’s pension fund contracts is costing workers and retirees millions in fees. Mandel should be transparent concerning whether he’s used this power to his own advantage, and he should work with the pension funds and the Statehouse to ensure a more responsible division of authority going forward.

“It’s entirely unacceptable that that Josh Mandel has more power than any other Treasurer in the nation when it comes to deciding which banks Ohio’s public workers invest their pension funds in. His decisions have cost retirees and workers millions of dollars in fees. Ohioans deserve immediate answers as to why,” said Ohio Democratic Party Spokesman Jerid Kurtz.

Full Dispatch Piece HERE

ICYMI: Vindicator // Ohio Treasurer Plays With Fire By Keeping Control of Pensions




COLUMBUS – This week, John Kasich’s allies in the Ohio Legislature rushed through a bill that contained an amendment inserted at the last minute that effectively blocks the State Auditor from being able to investigate how the controversial JobsOhio program collects and spends its money. Why might Governor Kasich want to keep JobsOhio away from scrutiny? Here are four theories:

1)  By its own admission, JobsOhio is failing to meet its goals.

2)  Across Ohio, companies that pledged to create or retain Ohio jobs to much fanfare – often at press conferences attended by Governor Kasich himself – are laying people off by the thousands.

3)  In the exceptionally rare instance an internal JobsOhio document is made public, a massive conflict-of-interest is inadvertently exposed.

4)  Despite all the rhetoric about the ‘Ohio Miracle,’ the reality is plain: during the JobsOhio era, job creation has stagnated and that state is falling behind.

Theory #1: JobsOhio Is Failing To Meet Its Goals

JobsOhio President: “Not Only Is The Number Of Projects Down, But The Number Of Jobs Per Project Is Lower”  According to The Columbus Dispatch “‘Business confidence remains soft,’ John Minor, JobsOhio’s president and CIO, said at the agency’s quarterly meeting yesterday… ‘Companies are pulling back on some of their growth,’ Minor said, citing weak business investment nationally and worries about European and Asian economies. Not only is the number of projects down, but the number of jobs per project is lower, too, he said.” [The Columbus Dispatch, 5/9/13]

  • Jobsohio’s First Quarter 2013 Report: “The Overall Projects Trend Is Down Compared With The First Three Quarters Of 2012” According to The Columbus Dispatch “Business investment in projects that would bring new jobs to the state and retain others has slowed in recent months, says the top executive of the state’s private economic-development agency. ‘Business confidence remains soft,’ John Minor, JobsOhio’s president and CIO, said at the agency’s quarterly meeting yesterday… While the numbers are up from the fourth quarter, the overall projects trend is down compared with the first three quarters of 2012, according to JobsOhio’s first-quarter report.” [The Columbus Dispatch, 5/9/13]

Theory #2: Companies Like Diebold And American Greetings, Which Pledged To Create Or Retain Ohio Jobs To Great Fanfare, Are Laying Off Workers By The Thousands

American Greetings Incentives

2012: American Greetings Was Set To Receive Over $90 Million In State Tax Credits, Low-Interest Loans And Other Incentives Over 15 Years. According to The Plain Dealer “American Greetings is set to receive more than $90 million in state tax credits, low-interest loans and other incentives over 15 years, to offset the cost of its move. The 700,000-square-foot building, at the southern end of Crocker Park, will replace the company’s 1.7 million-square-foot complex in Brooklyn.” [The Plain Dealer, 11/28/12]

April 2011: The Ohio Tax Credit Authority Approved A 75 Percent Job Retention Tax Credit For 15 Years Towards A Corporate Headquarters; Incentive Was Worth $75 Million. According to The Plain Dealer “The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved Job Creation and Retention Tax Credits for these projects:   American Greetings Corp., Brooklyn, 75 percent Job Retention Tax Credit for 15 years toward a corporate headquarters. Credit is worth $75 million over the term. Company is required to maintain operations at the site for at least 18 years. The $50 million project is expected to retain 1,750 positions.” [The Plain Dealer, 4/2/11]

  • 5/9/13: Ohio’s 75 Million Refundable Job Retention Tax Credit For American Greetings Remained In The Tax Incentive Reporting Database. [Tax Incentive Reporting Database, accessed 5/9/13]
Job Losses

American Greetings cut 2,100 between 2012 and 2013. According to The Plain Dealer “American Greetings Corp. has quietly been cutting jobs. Tucked inside a 218-page annual report filed on Thursday was the news that the greeting card maker had eliminated about 2,100 workers between its 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. ” [The Plain Dealer, 5/24/13]

Diebold Incentives

2011: The Kasich Administration Offered Diebold A $56 Million Package Of Tax Credits, Loans And Grants. According to The Canton Repository ” Gov. John Kasich appeared at Diebold’s headquarters here Tuesday afternoon to announce that the company had accepted his administration’s offer of a $56 million package of tax credits, loans and grants to induce the company to stay. ‘For the folks that are located in Akron, Canton (and) Green, this is a big save,’ said Kasich.” [The Canton Repository, 4/12/11]

Job Losses

2012: Diebold Announced Plans To Move About 200 Information Technology And Other ‘Back Office’ Jobs To India According to The Beacon Journal, ” Diebold Inc. said Thursday it expects to move about 200 information technology and other ‘back office’ jobs to India over the next two years. … The move is not seen as a money- or labor-saving move, Jacobsen said. Instead, Diebold seeks to make better use of specialized software-type expertise in Hyderabad, India, and to put Diebold in a position where its information technology and business services systems can accommodate major acquisitions.” [The Beacon Journal, 4/12/12]

2013: Diebold Announced Plans To Cut 700 Jobs. According to The Plain Dealer “Diebold Inc. is cutting 700 jobs as part of a multiyear global restructuring to cut up to $150 million in costs. The Fortune 1000 technology company, which had about 2,000 employees in Summit and Stark counties in 2012, said the job cuts would come primarily from North America and corporate operations. It added that ‘a majority of these job reductions have already taken place,’ but did not provide any details. ” [The Plain Dealer, 4/30/13]

Theory #3: JobsOhio Officials Once Mistakenly Released A Single Internal Record; It Showed A Massive Conflict Of Interest

KPMG Conducted An Audit Of JobsOhio — At The Same Time Another KPMG Division Was Soliciting Grants From The Organization. According to The Columbus Dispatch “KPMG was chosen by JobsOhio to conduct an audit required by law. On Nov. 5, about the time the audit was being conducted, KPMG also was listed on a sheet of eight pending grant commitments from the state for fiscal year 2013, according to a document obtained by The Dispatch through a public-records request.” [The Columbus Dispatch, 5/1/13]

  • The Document Was Released By Mistake; JobsOhio Called It Confidential. According to The Columbus Dispatch “JobsOhio officials said the record is confidential and the state released it by mistake.” [The Columbus Dispatch, 5/1/13]

Theory #4: Despite All The Rhetoric About The ‘Ohio Miracle,’ The Reality Is Plain: During The JobsOhio Era, Job Creation Has Stagnated And The State Is Falling Behind.

2012-13: Ohio Ranked 47th In Job Creation

2013: Nonpartisan Study Ranked Ohio 47th In Job Creation. According to a nonpartisan study by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, Ohio ranked 47th in job creation for total nonfarm payroll between March 2012 and April 2013. [Job Growth Update, W. P. Carey School of Business – Arizona State University, 2013]

  • Study Ranked Ohio 44th In Private Sector Job Growth.  [Job Growth Update, W. P. Carey School of Business – Arizona State University, 2013]
  • The Same Study Ranked Ohio 24th In Job Creation in 2011.  [Job Growth Update, W. P. Carey School of Business – Arizona State University 2011]

March 2013: Ohio Led The Nation In Job Losses

March 2013: Ohio Lost 20,400 Jobs; Losses Were Larger Than Any Other State. According to The Plain Dealer “Ohio lost 20,400 jobs in March, more than any other state, theU.S. Labor Department reported Friday. The decrease comes a month after Ohio reported a healthy 16,100 gain in jobs in February. The last time Ohio lost more jobs in a month was April 2009, when the state’s employment fell by 44,000. That was during the recession, a time of peak job loss in the state and nationally. ” [The Plain Dealer, 4/19/13]

  • Economic Research Analyst: ‘This Is Not Only A Bad Number — This Is Disastrous.’ According to The Plain Dealer “George Zeller of Cleveland, an economic research analyst, said posting such a large job loss now is alarming. ‘This is not only a bad number — this is disastrous,’ he said. ” [The Plain Dealer, 4/19/13]
  • Leisure And Hospitality Lost 6,000 Jobs, Business Services Lost 4,300 Jobs, and Construction Lost 3,300 Jobs. According to The Plain Dealer “Industries posting big losses in March included leisure and hospitality, which lost 6,000 jobs; professional and business services, down 4,300 jobs; and construction, with a 3,300 decrease. Even the category including health services posted a 2,500 decline.” [The Plain Dealer, 4/19/13]


Ohio Democratic Chairman Redfern Releases Statement on Passing of Ruth Ann Bennett

COLUMBUS, OHIO – In response to the passing of Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett’s wife Ruth Ann Bennett, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern offered the following condolences:

 “Democrats everywhere offer Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett our condolences and thoughts at the passing of his wife Ruth Ann Bennett. It’s tremendously painful to lose a loved one, and I personally wish Bob, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren nothing but the best in this difficult time.”


Ohio Democratic Chairman Redfern Congratulates Newly Selected Democratic Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard

Democrats thankful for new leadership team, service of former Leader Armond Budish, Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi

 COLUMBUS, OHIO – Tonight, the Ohio House Democratic Caucus selected a new leadership team to replace outgoing former House Speaker and Democratic Leader Armond Budish and Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi.

 Members of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus put together a team for success, placing their trust behind Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard of Columbus to serve as House Democratic Leader, Rep. Debbie Phillips of Athens to serve as Assistant Leader, Rep. Michael Ashford of Toledo to serve as Democratic Whip, and Rep. Dan Ramos of Lorain to serve as Assistant Whip.

In response to these leadership changes, Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“The Democratic Caucus put together an accomplished, hard-working team representing many different regions of Ohio that has the experience needed to be successful. I’m confident that this team will continue to hold Governor John Kasich and Ohio House Republicans accountable for their repeated overreaching attacks against working families, women’s health, voting rights, and the middle-class.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind that newly selected Ohio House Democratic Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard will wake up every day and fight to make sure that all Ohioans, not just the Governor’s friends, will be represented in Columbus. And thankfully, the inclusion of Representatives Debbie Phillips, Michael Ashford, and Dan Ramos on leadership guarantees that Ohioans can call upon strong, diverse voices from all across the state to stand up to the most radical Republican schemes, like so-called right to work legislation.

“Former House Speaker and Democratic Leader Armond Bush is to be commended for his tremendous leadership in the Ohio House. Accomplishing a historic feat, Minority Leader Budish marshaled Democrats’ 2008 gains that resulted in the first ever non-redistricting year power transition in the Ohio House of Representatives. Former Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi was also well known for his thoughtful, steady guidance to Democrats throughout the Statehouse. Armond and Matt’s sound wisdom in caucus will certainly be missed.”


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