Friday, October 31st, 2014

Promises about Government Efficiency on Kasich-O-Meter

Dismantle the Department of Development and privatize job-creation efforts

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.

Restructure Third Frontier program

Said the Third Frontier program, which makes investments through bond sales to foster technology partnerships with universities, medical and other research centers to the private sector, has been tainted by bureaucrats and political influence and that it should be restructured so business executives control more of the money.

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."

Improve job retraining programs

“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.”

Shrink state government and make it more efficient

Says he will "skinny-down state bureaucracy to ensure taxpayers are getting their money’s worth, and reform state government into a 21st century partner with Ohio's job creators – not one that punishes business with outdated or unnecessary regulation."

Streamline state regulations

Said state regulations are too cumbersome and need to be simplified. "Our regulation policy is not very good either. Our policy is cumbersome. It takes longer (to get things done) than in other states. Regulations tend to go above and beyond." ... "When you go into a small business and you hassle them and impose rules that don't make any sense, you're not hassling the business. You're killing somebody's job. So our regulatory system has been out of date."

Promote cooperation among colleges, universities and major institutions

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.

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

"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."

Reduce school administrative costs and shift funding to classrooms

"School funding should be shifted out of bureaucracy and into the classroom."

Kill the $400-million passenger rail plan

“The 39 mph high-speed train is dead when I become governor."

Eliminate prevailing wage rules on public construction projects

"I've never been for prevailing wage because it drives up the cost"

Revamp the state's collective bargaining law for public employees

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