Friday, October 24th, 2014

Tracking politicians' promises

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Tracking the promises of John Kasich

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Tracking the promises of Ed FitzGerald

Promises we’ve rated recently

Phase out Ohio's personal income tax

The Promise:

"Phase out the income tax. It's punishing on individuals. It's punishing on small business. To phase that out, it cannot be done in a day, but it's absolutely essential that we improve the tax environment in this state so that we no longer are an obstacle for people to locate here and that we can create a reason for people to stay here."


Update July 25th, 2013: State budget bill reduced income tax rates across the board

Create voucher program for job training

The Promise:


"How about vouchering out all the job training program and giving it to the businesses, including small businesses, and letting them drive the curriculm at our technical schools and our community colleges so we begin to train people and retrain people for jobs that exist and those we think are going to come."


Update June 20th, 2013: Job-training voucher program now up and running

Oppose restrictions on gun rights

The Promise:


"I believe in the 2nd Amendment. Everybody has the right to keep and bear arms to either protect your family, protect yourselves, to be a hunter. The 2nd amendment is part of that Constitution. It's something I believe in. And, we're going to stand firm, very firm, for 2nd Amendment rights here in the state of Ohio."


Update April 25th, 2013: Gov. John Kasich shows willingness to expand gun rights

Offer college scholarships to county residents

The Promise:


"FitzGerald will work with the broad stakeholders in education to design and phase-in a program using all available resources to provide higher education scholarships to county residents."


Update April 24th, 2013: Cuyahoga County Council approves college savings program

Dismantle the Department of Development and privatize job-creation efforts

The Promise:


Under his "JobsOhio" plan, he would abolish a state agency devoted to job creation and replace it with a privatized, corporate board that he would appoint and chair.


Update March 20th, 2013: Ohio’s job-creation efforts now flow through private agency

Post CountyStat dashboards online

The Promise:


"Online-accessible performance measure dashboards will be available on the county's website."


Update March 12th, 2013: Performance measures for Cuyahoga County departments are now available online through CountyStat

Revamp the state's collective bargaining law for public employees

The Promise:


Said striking public employees should be fired and that binding arbitration provisions from outside negotiators hurt financially-strapped cities.


Update March 5th, 2013: Kasich not talking about collective bargaining overhaul

Create a non-compete policy between communities in the Fourth Frontier Program

The Promise:


"Any local government in Cuyahoga County can participate in the Fourth Frontier program, as long as they agree to not provide tax incentives or other public resources to lure companies away from other cities also participating in the Fourth Frontier program."


Update February 26th, 2013: All 59 Cuyahoga County communities sign on to anti-poaching plan

Phase out Ohio's personal income tax

The Promise:

"Phase out the income tax. It's punishing on individuals. It's punishing on small business. To phase that out, it cannot be done in a day, but it's absolutely essential that we improve the tax environment in this state so that we no longer are an obstacle for people to locate here and that we can create a reason for people to stay here."


Update February 12th, 2013: Governor's budget proposal includes income tax cut

Scrap Gov.Ted Strickland's evidence-based school funding model

The Promise:


"Ted Strickland's evidence-based model was unfunded, filled with unfunded mandates on cash-strapped districts, and has been unsuccessful in the states in which it has been implemented."


Update June 28th, 2012: Old plan scrapped and tangible steps in new direction have begun

Dismantle the Department of Development and privatize job-creation efforts

The Promise:


Under his "JobsOhio" plan, he would abolish a state agency devoted to job creation and replace it with a privatized, corporate board that he would appoint and chair.


Update June 24th, 2012: Lawsuit dismissal moves JobsOhio one step closer to fruition

Raise education standards

The Promise:


"Raise (education) standards for everybody. We should bring the curriculum in line with international norms. We're not competing with Indiana. We're competing with India."


Update May 22nd, 2012: Legislation would raise reading requirements for third graders

Promote cooperation among colleges, universities and major institutions

The Promise:


Said he can bring Ohio colleges and universities together to share resources, entice major institutions to collaborate and force Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly to tackle tough issues.


Update April 24th, 2012: Joint recommendations for higher education on capital budget a first

Improve job retraining programs

The Promise:


“We have to train ourselves for the jobs that are going to come. Because we’re not just going to be stuck here in manufacturing, and we’ll do manufacturing as best as we can, but we also have to be involved in bio technology and computer information technology. We’ve got to retrain Ohioans and we need a whole new system to do that.”


Update April 23rd, 2012: Executive order creates office that will streamline job training programs

Review all operations to root out corruption

The Promise:


"My first act as county executive will be to order a complete review of all functions and operations, to root out the corruption once and for all. The parade of scandals and investigations must be brought to an end so we can focus on creating jobs and maintaining services."

Update February 1st, 2012: Pay slashed for 89 employees after audit of wages in fiscal office