DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Here you can find a brief history of Governor John Kasich’s political career.
Governor of Ohio (2011-present)
Kasich has served as Governor of Ohio since January 10, 2011. He was elected on November 2, 2010.
Veto of Republican-backed residency proposal
Months into his second term as governor, Kasich broke ranks with his fellow Republicans in the state legislature by vetoing a proposal forcing out-of-state residents to secure an Ohio driver’s license and vehicle registration within 30 days of registering to vote. Kasich used his line-item veto power to strike the new provision from the statute. Ohio Democrats had opposed the provision, claiming it was a Republican ploy to suppress a segment of the often Democratic-swinging student vote, and commended Kasich’s decision. The number of out-of-state college students in Ohio exceeds 100,000 and it would have cost a significant portion of these students an estimated $75 to obtain the documents necessary to vote had Kasich allowed the provision to stand. Furthermore, Kasich removed a section called the no-driving-decree which would have taken away driving privileges from new residents who do not meet the 30-day deadline for getting the in-state driving documents. Kasich’s stated reasons for rejecting the proposal were not politically-motivated and unrelated to critics’ assertion that the language was intended as a “poll tax” targeting out-of-state students seeking access to the ballot box. Instead, Kasich explained that the language would have increased existing confusion surrounding Ohio’s residency rules and cited inconsistencies with other driving policies therein.
State law recognizes students’ home-state driving documents provided they do not stay in Ohio permanently.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country’s 50 governors by their job creation records, Kasich was ranked number 26. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Kasich made tax reform a priority for 2013.
On February 12, 2013, Representative Ron Amstutz introduced House Bill 59, Kasich’s proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget. Among other things, this bill proposed significantly altering the Ohio tax system. The bill would cut the business income tax by 50 percent and the personal income tax by 20 percent. The bill would also decrease the state sales tax from 5.5 to 5 percent while making more services subject to the state income tax. Further revenue would be raised by changing the state tax on oil drilling companies from $0.20/barrel to 4 percent, although it would be eliminated for smaller companies.
Noting in its technical review of HB 59 that previous attempts in other states to significantly expand the sales tax base had failed for a variety of reasons, the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP found that Kasich’s “ambitious” tax reforms would hit Ohio businesses most directly and hardest although individual consumers will bear the brunt of these new taxes in the form of higher prices for the things they typically buy and use.”
The progressive think tank Ohio Policy Matters strongly criticized Kasich’s income and sales tax reforms and calculated the proposal would result in a tax cut of $10,369 for the top 1 percent of income earners and tax increase of $63 for the bottom 1 percent.
The Ohio Liberty Coalition, a coalition of Ohio Tea Party groups, opposed Kasich’s proposed tax increases for oil companies.
Upon its introduction by Amstutz, the bill was referred to the Finance and Appropriations Committee.
U.S. House of Representatives (1983-2001)
Kasich served 9 terms in the House, from 1983 through 2001. In 1996 Bob Dole considered Kasich a potential running-mate for his presidential bid, ultimately choosing instead to run with Jack Kemp.
In 1993, Kasich was the Ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee. Kasich co-authored the Penny-Kasich Plan, an alternative deficit reduction bill to President Bill Clinton’s plan. The bill failed by only six votes.
Kasich was chair of the congressional committee on welfare reform in 1994. Kasich assisted Republicans who supported President Clinton’s Omnibus Crime Bill of 1994 in designing ways to reduce the bill’s cost, thereby helping it pass the House. His support of the bill put him at odds with gun rights advocates and much of the Republican base.
Ohio State Senate (1978-1982)
Kasich began his career in politics as a legislative aide to Ohio State Senator Donald Lukens. In 1978 he was elected to the Ohio State Senate. He served through 1982, when he was then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.