Kasich-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of John Kasich

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PolitiFact Ohio has compiled promises that John Kasich made during the 2010 campaign and is tracking their progress on our Kasich-O-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Kasich-O-Meter page for details on our ratings.)

The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

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: 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: 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: Gov. John Kasich shows willingness to expand gun rights

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: Ohio’s job-creation efforts now flow through private agency

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: Kasich not talking about collective bargaining overhaul

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Executive order creates office that will streamline job training programs

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

Promote Ohio as a place to locate businesses

The Promise:


"As governor it's going to be my job to be like Jim Rhodes was and that is to chase around this country and chase around the world, if necessary, to convince people that Ohio is a place to locate their businesses."

Update: Governor shows he has a flair for salesmanship

Promote school choice

The Promise:


"I've been in cities where I've seen people stand in line to give their kids a chance to be safer and better educated. And the idea that we're going to deny them a chance to have choice; to put their kids where their kids can get the best education, in my opinion violates their civil rights. To me it's the biggest civil rights issue out there. The right of mothers and fathers to have the resources to put their kids in a school setting where their kids can learn and prosper."

Update: Funding for school vouchers doubled in new state budget

Eliminate Ohio's estate tax

The Promise:


“Kill the death tax. You know the death tax, all these people who are successful, they’re moving to Florida. Florida doesn’t have a death tax. So we’ve got to get rid of that so the entrepreneurs, the job creators, stay."

Update: So-called 'death tax' to perish at year's end