Population Puzzle Problems Beyond Kasich Razzle Dazzle
Ohio’s 69th governor has left the state again, this time to hop the pond for a few days to schmooze with German and English businesses. Odds are slim that the 64-year old supply side governor will learn anything about how important unions are to German companies.
Called co-determination, it’s not uncommon in Germany for unions to hold seats on corporate boards, which helps explain why German union workers have such high wages compared to American unions which are routinely denigrated by Republican governors like Mr. Kasich, who may have a chance to sign a right-to-work bill that guts union power in Ohio. Right-to-work allow workers to opt out of paying union dues or fees.
The collapsed Catholic boy from Pennsylvania wants another shot at telling a rarified business audience just how cool Ohio is before he wanders off the political stage in two years when his second term as CEO ends.
Gov. John Kasich spent many months in 2016 traveling to states other than Ohio to sell himself to Republican primary voters as a candidate for president. But those voters weren’t buying what the performance politician had to sell, which a Toledo Blade editorial aptly noted couldn’t out poll “none of the above.”
JobsOhio will cover the travel tab for Kasich and a few aides, even though the group is thought by many to be unconstitutional. Ohio’s Republican-controlled supreme court performed a great service to the governor by keeping JobsOhio from facing any constitutional test. The costs of Kasich’s trip overseas, unlike the millions spent on protection costs while he was campaigning for president, must be disclosed to the public at some point, in spite of JobsOhio’s structure that protects it from normal public records laws.
7th Worse State For Business
For all his budgeting and management razzle dazzle, Ohio has been stuck in low gear throughout the six-plus years of Kasich’s tenure as governor. His often ballyhooed claim about Ohio’s new business-friendly attitude took a big hit with the announcement by 24/7 Wall St. that the Buckeye State ranks seventh this year in “Worst States for Business,” largely based on the state’s shrinking working-age population.