Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Kasich-O-Meter

Create voucher program for job training


"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."


Sources:

John Kasich 2010, "John Kasich at The City Club of Cleveland," video of June 26, 2009, appearance posted to YouTube July 8, 2009

Updates

Job-training voucher program now up and running

As he campaigned for governor, John Kasich often argued Ohio needed to be more business friendly, with fewer regulations and red tape, to encourage job growth.

But he also touted job training programs to help fill jobs that were open.

Businesses leaders, he said, frequently cited difficulty finding people trained with the skills needed to fill jobs. He estimated there could be as many as 80,000 such jobs in Ohio.

With that in mind, Kasich promised to create a voucher program to help do just that.

"How about vouchering out all the job training programs and giving it to the businesses, including small businesses, and letting them drive the curriculum 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,” he said during an appearance at the City Club of Cleveland.

When PolitiFact Ohio last gauged the governor"s progress toward fulfilling this pledge, the Kasich-O-Meter pointed to In the Works.

Legislators had approved language creating a voucher program in the 2012-2013 biennium, but the program was still on the drawing board.

The budget included $20 million to fund the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Vouchers for fiscal 2012 and another $30 million for fiscal 2013. But the money was to be generated by taxes on four new casinos in the state, which were not yet open when that budget was approved.

The casinos began to open in 2012, starting with Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland in May. It was followed quickly by Toledo, and then Columbus in the fall. The fourth casino opened in early 2013 in Cincinnati.

In the meantime, the administration drew up rules for governing the program.

The state launched the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program Jan. 8, 2013.

Ohio companies applying for the program maxed out the first year allotment, signing up to receive more than $20 million in employee training vouchers within the first 24 hours, according to Stephanie Gostomski, a communications officer for the Ohio Development Services Agency.

To be eligible for a training grant, a company must have been in continuous operation in the state for a year, and be engaged in one of several areas of business. Among those: advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, automotive, biohealth, energy, financial services, food processing and information technology.

The training grant, up to $4,000 a year per employee, can be used to reimburse a company for up to half the cost of a qualifying job training program. Generally those include classes from accredited educational institutions, training that leads to an industry-recognized certification or in conjunction with the company"s purchase of new equipment and training that improves computer skills.

As of June 18, 2013, the state had encumbered nearly $19 million toward training programs for more than 440 applications, said Rob Nichols, a spokesman for the governor. Of that amount, the state had actually received 50 requests for reimbursement totaling more nearly $181,000.

Kasich"s campaign promise was to create a voucher program that would help businesses pay for job training. With kickoff this year of the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, we can set the Kasich-O-Meter for this pledge to Promise Kept.
 

Sources:

John Kasich 2010, "John Kasich at The City Club of Cleveland," video of June 26, 2009, appearance posted to YouTube July 8, 2009


Stephanie Gostomski, communications officer for the Ohio Development Services Agency, telephone and email exchange, June 17-18, 2013


Rob Nichols, spokesman for Gov. John Kasich, telephone and email exchange, June 17-18, 2013


State of Ohio, Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program snapshot, June 18, 2013


State of Ohio, Development Services Agency, Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, overview


State of Ohio, Development Services Agency, Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, online application and frequently asked questions


PolitiFact Ohio, promise update, "Framework was part of the state budget, with funding to come from casinos,” Nov. 10, 2011


State of Ohio Office of Budget and Management, ”The Jobs Budget - Transforming Ohio for Growth, Book One: The Budget Book”  


Ohio Legislative Service Commission, Am.Sub. H.B. 153 (Budget in Detail) as enacted, July 6, 2011


The Plain Dealer via Cleveland.com, "Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs two-year state budget, but vetoes seven items first,” June 30, 2011


The Plain Dealer via Cleveland.com, "Gov. John Kasich says his 'jobs budget' is the most reform-minded in Ohio history,” March 15, 2011


The Plain Dealer via Cleveland.com, "Applications for Cleveland casino jobs at 5,000 and rising: Plain Dealer video,” Sept. 13, 2011

Framework was part of the state budget, with funding to come from casinos

Job creation and retention is part of a regular mantra Gov. John Kasich has about his priorities for Ohio.

He often speaks about the need to make Ohio more business friendly, with fewer regulations and red tape from the government. During his campaign, he often pitched the need to improve job training programs to match the needs of business, and promised to create a voucher program to help do just that.

"How about vouchering out all the job training programs and giving it to the businesses, including small businesses, and letting them drive the curriculum 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,” he said during an appearance at the City Club of Cleveland.

PolitiFact Ohio put the Kasich-O-Meter to work to check what progress the governor has made on his promise.

The voucher program was included in the budget plan for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 that was approved in June 2011 by the General Assembly and signed in to law by the governor. Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Kasich, pointed us to the language designating that $20 million be put toward Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Vouchers for FY2012 and another $30 million for FY2013.

The legislation limits voucher amounts per worker at $6,000 per year.

The money to pay for the program will come from taxes on new casinos in the state. For that reason, the program won"t be up and running until the casinos open, Nichols said. Cleveland"s Horseshoe Casino is expected to open in March 2012.

In the meantime, rules for governing the program are being drawn up by the administration. Nichols said it is hoped that will be done before the end of November 2011.

Kasich has said, and Nichols reiterated, that businesses have complained of having trouble finding workers with the skills necessary to fill jobs that need filled. There could be as many as 80,000 such jobs in Ohio they have available, Nichols said.

There"s still work to do before this promise is fulfilled, but efforts are underway to establish the voucher program for job training. For now, we can point the Kasich-O-Meter for this promise at In the Works.

Sources:

Interview with Rob Nichols, spokesman for Gov. John Kasich, Oct. 25, 2011

John Kasich 2010, "John Kasich at The City Club of Cleveland," video of June 26, 2009, appearance posted to YouTube July 8, 2009

State of Ohio Office of Budget and Management, ”The Jobs Budget - Transforming Ohio for Growth, Book One: The Budget Book
   
Ohio Legislative Service Commission,Am.Sub. H.B. 153 (Budget in Detail) as enacted, July 6, 2011

The Plain Dealer, "Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs two-year state budget, but vetoes seven items first,” June 30, 2011

The Plain Dealer, "Gov. John Kasich says his 'jobs budget' is the most reform-minded in Ohio history” March 15, 2011

The Plain Dealer, "Applications for Cleveland casino jobs at 5,000 and rising: Plain Dealer video,” Sept. 13, 2011