of the State Address
February 8, 2012
Kasich held an historic State of the State address outside of the
Columbus. The site of Tuesday’s night’s address was Steubenville, Ohio.
wasn’t the only thing “different” about his speech. According to
plunderbund.com “The AP’s Julie Carr Smyth described it as “a rambling,
unfocused address in the auditorium of an elementary school” and that
much sums it up.” and “this speech wasn’t scripted and he didn’t use a
teleprompter.” Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Kasich’s State of the State
stirring, but vague.” The Columbus Dispatch: “Kasich touts broadband,
education.” According to NPR, Kasich focused on workforce training,
rates, colleges working with industry, and teachers.
as many different views of Kasich’s speech as there were media in
Links to just a few are below. Below that is Kasich’s speech in its
Read it for yourself.
Cleveland Plain Dealer, click here
Columbus Dispatch, click here
National Public Radio, click here
BATCHELDER: Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to call the House
Senate to order for the purpose of a joint convention. It is my further
privilege to introduce the president of the Ohio Senate, Tom Niehaus, a
NIEHAUS: Good afternoon. The members of the House and Senate will
assemble and take their seats. Is there a quorum of the Senate present?
Chair recognizes President Pro Tempore Senator Faber.
FABER: Thank you, Mr. President. There is a quorum of the Senate
NIEHAUS: Is there a quorum of the House present? The chair recognizes
Speaker Pro Tempore, Representative Blessing.
BLESSING: There is a quorum of the House present.
NIEHAUS: A quorum of the 129th General Assembly being present, this
convention will come to order. Please join me in welcoming Vernita
will be singing How Great Thou Art. Ms. Prather will be accompanied by
Hall on the piano.
NIEHAUS: I invite everyone to please stand for the posting of the
colors by the
Army recruiting station and remain standing for the Pledge of
You may be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, the governor of the great
Ohio, Governor John Kasich.
KASICH: Thank you very much.
NIEHAUS: You may be seated. It is now my distinct honor and pleasure to
Governor John Kasich.
KASICH: Well, thank you, Mr. President, and Mr. Speaker. Thank you
the General Assembly, my partners in moving Ohio forward. How about
coming over here today folks, and you know I love you for what you’re
making Ohio a stronger and better place. The students and teachers at
Academy, they’re just fantastic, huh? They are just the best.
a reflection of the people of Steubenville and I have to tell you no
have ever received a better reception than I did coming into this great
love the people of Steubenville. We’ll be back many times because we’re
to make this town great. And your children at Wells Academy are a
your excellence and I want to thank you for the generous reception that
gave me. And I also want to give a nice comment about my wife, Karen
Sweetie, stand, take a little wave, would you, okay?
that cartoon that said, “Kasich will still not reveal how he snagged
You know, I
hope we all appreciate our spouses. They never get the glory. They
the light. They’re the ones that are, you know, raising the kids,
taking care of
the home front. I think about Bob Sprague, who is with us today – five
children. You know, think about his wife letting him do this. It’s
unbelievable. So, let’s remember our spouses, because without them, we
any of what we do.
as a governor, I promised that I was going to travel, like, all over
and, you know, I hope you realize that I’ve kept my word. I’ve visited
your towns many times. And in case you wonder about my travel schedule,
read all about it in the newspapers about the number of times I use the
– I use
the state airplane. I mean, you can nail this down pretty well. And let
I’ve got news for you, I’m going to continue to use it and I’m going to
continue to travel. I’m going to come to where you are.
A lot of
speculating, or some people are speculating, why would he come to
First of all, I want to let you know I knew a year ago I wasn’t going
to be in
Columbus for this. I wanted to travel. I wanted to get out. I wanted to
folks. That’s what it’s all about. You don’t stay far away from them.
to touch them.
Why did I
come here? It’s not very complicated. I’m sort of a common sense,
straightforward guy about things. I came for two reasons, one is Wells
I came to Wells because they’ve set a standard for the entire, rest of
state. I mean, they’re the number one school – performing school in
if you were to guess where would that number one school be located, you
get to Steubenville. But yet, here it is. And let me tell you a little
about what they do, because it’s so important to understand the culture.
foremost, the teachers and the administrators have adopted a principle.
seen it at the Frederick Douglas Academy in the middle of Harlem. I
it in other fine charter schools around the state, in some of our
schools. You know what it gets down to, in the teachers’ minds and the
administrators’ minds, nothing stands in the way of kids being great.
poverty, not broken homes. I mean, these obstacles, we want our parents
involved, but the teachers here have a deep commitment to the child’s
and they’ll do everything they can to move it forward.
thing we have to do is ask all of our people in public education,
parents, give these children a chance to realize their God-given
that is exactly what is happening here.
important to note that 60 percent of the children in this school are
economically disadvantaged. That’s 15 percent above the statewide
yet, they’re number one, and they’re number one because of that
know, they don’t spend a lot of money on administrators and overhead
buildings. In fact, this building they share with the high school. You
heard about the high school here. They’re the home of the football
the Big Red. Ever heard of them, huh?
Wells spends its money where it really needs to go and it’s something
all learn from. It directs its money to the classroom and the teachers
together like doctors do in an operating room. They use data to look at
struggles and the problems that children have and as a group, they fix
is very data driven. They know what works, then they apply it. They
stick to it
and they’re able to lift these kids. The administrators are right there
the teachers. I’ve always thought administrators need to teach in the
classroom. Well, here they’re there all the time. I had a chance today
a little bit of time with the superintendent and the principal and they
and they fight to give the teachers the resources they need to get the
know, here is the thing, at the end of the day, the students are doing
it creates success. The one thing I’ve learned in life is when you have
it builds momentum for more success. And they have also successfully
implemented an early childhood education program. It’s something my
believed in. The whole time that we’ve been married, she talked to me
we got good news. Ohio just received a $70 million grant. We were the
fifth-best in the country and we’re going to be able to use that money
apply it to early education, making it work and making it better across
State of Ohio for the good of our children, and it’s fantastic news.
came to Steubenville, because it’s where I grew up. Oh, I didn’t grow
Steubenville, but when you come from an ethnic town along the river,
family. Well, you may not know each other, you may not be related, but
some of you know my story. I’m privileged today to have my Uncle George
Uncle George was one of eight kids. Uncle George, I so love Uncle
father was a coal miner. He died of complications from black lung.
came from a family of eight, eight children. Uncle George graduated
school. My dad, who carried mail on his back for 29 years, graduated
school and the two sisters graduated from high school. The other four
never got it done, never graduated from high school. But it didn’t make
anything less than great, you know, because my Uncle Steve ended up
Iwo Jima, becoming a war hero who we honored until the day that he was
the ground. Uncle George went on to college, became a guidance
he was a guidance counselor, think about this, for 37 years.
Lord works and how families work, and, you know, the bottom line is
talk about Steubenville and you talk about the ethnics and you talk
people who have common sense and you talk about people who are
you think about people who can get knocked down and they never get
I mean, that was McKees Rocks. That’s where I come from, and that’s why
even this morning it became very emotional for me thinking about the
the Lord gave me the chance to come here and stand up here, not Johnny
but just another kid from an ethnic blue collar, hard-working town:
play by the rules and get a chance to do something to lift people and
I came to Steubenville.
excitement that we’ve all felt has really confirmed the decision to
And everybody keeps asking me, “Where are you going to go next year?”
have to deal with the legislature on that one.
we cannot forget the untimely and tragic death of Lee West. A young man
in a house fire, just happened last week. The school mourns, the town
There is no great word for the West family, but it gives us a chance to
students that are here today from the high school, you know, invite
that sometimes you think of as the nerds or invite those kids who
ignored, hug them, make them feel special, because you never know
to happen in the next day.
My mom and
dad were taken from me in a horrible car crash in 1987, but they didn’t
vain. Their son became a better man. And, you know, maybe through the
Lee, we can become better people. But you know what, visit the family,
them, tell them what a great young man Lee West was. Don’t just stop
week. You go and visit them. You will be doing a great service not only
them, but a great service to the Lord, as well.
You know, I
think it is so important because when I look at these things, it just
gets me so pumped up. How far we have come as Ohioans, you know, where
and where we are now. And I know some of you have heard this before,
of you have not. And it’s good to reflect back.
A year ago,
Ohio ranked 48th in job creation. We trailed only Michigan and
lost jobs – Michigan, the home of the auto industry that was devastated
California, of course, filled by a bunch of wackadoodles.
fact of the matter is, who would have ever dreamt, who would have ever
that we’d be the third worst? When I came to Ohio State in 1970, we
Promised Land and somehow we drifted. We lost 600,000 in the last 10
600,000 jobs gone, 400,000 jobs gone in the last four years, 400,000
One third of our college students were leaving the state within three
graduation. They’re finding their destiny somewhere else. Who can blame
If there is nothing happening here, they’re going – and I don’t blame
credit outlook was negative. In fact, we thought there was a very good
Tim Keen and I believed, the budget director, that we’d get downgraded
were nervous about it. And then think about it for a second, because we
over it, eight billion in the hole, eight billion in the hole, the
deficit in the history of the State of Ohio. And people said there is
no way we
can deal with this.
know, I want to compliment my partners in the legislature, my staff,
governor’s office. I tell you what we did. We just looked at the
honestly. You know, see, when politics becomes the order of the day,
of special interest groups become the order of the day, you really get
confused. But if you look at a problem and you see what it is and you
solution, it’s amazing how far you can go.
exactly what we did through this process. And whether we know it or
of it was really very strongly bipartisan. So, I know it’s not easy
to look at a problem and strip out the politics and who you know and
know and who helped you and who didn’t, but that’s our job. People
us to get a favor. They elect us because of what we represent,
That’s what it’s really all about.
not easy when people attack you when you make people uncomfortable, but
you do this if you’re not willing to do it? You’re short-changing your
if you’re not willing to stand up.
this, in six months we eliminated an eight billion dollar budget
without a tax increase – eliminated it. We are now balanced. In fact,
taxes by $300 million. And when I came in, we had a rainy day fund that
cents, and I’m told that budget guru over there, Brian Perera, sent an
check to double the amount of money we had in the rainy day fund. Try
million in the rainy day fund today. It’s pretty staggering.
And we did
it the right way. Look, we were not going to hurt the mentally ill, the
disabled, the poor. Just weren’t going to do it. Somebody has got to
for them. Oh, they have a lobbyist, but we don’t see Him here. Best
the world. We’ll all meet Him some day. So, you can’t step on these
told John Martin and Tracy Plouck, we cannot push too hard for the
mental – on
the mentally ill or the disabled or the poor to take away from them.
be sinful. It would be wrong.
And we knew
we couldn’t raise taxes. Folks, I just got to tell if you keep raising
you don’t make it, because companies look around and they’re looking
lowest cost to be able to make money. And if we continue to do it, we
just continue to hurt ourselves economically. So it’s not just a
some sort of an ideology. It’s what makes sense.
did we do it? You know, we did it with reforming and reshaping. I have
you, you can’t cut your way to prosperity. People think I’m this big
cutter. I’d rather reform, reshape and make it work better. Come up
better solution. Let’s talk a little bit about it.
Medicaid? Medicaid has been out of control as a part of this state
forever. Greg Moody – I don’t even know how we got the guy. Greg Moody
in, he’s got great experience. He leaves his private sector job. He has
vision for how we can help it.
how many years did you read the studies of the fact that we wanted Mom
to stay in their home rather than going in a nursing home? For how many
did we say that home health care and the ability for Mom and Dad to be
healthier and happier and more independent ought to be accomplished and
can’t do it? But we did it, didn’t we, in this budget? Mom and Dad can
at home if they’re able to at about a fifth of the cost of being in a
home. Thank you for your work on that.
able to integrate mental and physical health. This is a big deal. If
mental health issues, you’ve got physical health issues. And the
integrate them is what makes a big difference in the lives of those
we’re doing it. We also found out that 4 percent of the Medicaid
drives over 50 percent of the costs. So Moody came up with this program
to guide them in the right way. Look, we all know that too often poor
get primary care in an emergency room. You can’t get primary care in an
emergency room. You got to get primary care from a primary care
what we’re doing is creating this concept of the medical home. It’s an
process. And, tell you what we do, we coordinate their care. We also
certainty and we eliminate the confusion that many sick people have,
they don’t know where they’re going.
So, if we
can coordinate their care and get them in the right setting, they’ll be
comfortable, they’ll be more healthy, the quality of medicine will
you know what’s unbelievable? We’ll save money. And that is exactly
And let me
also tell you we’re spending time now on this – low birth weight moms
other example of being out in front. I promised it a year ago when I
We’re trying to do so many things at once. Well, what do we know? There
couple up in Richland County, up in Mansfield, they figured out how to
with the problem with women that have low birth weight babies. If we
can get to
them, and coordinate their care, and drive them to the doctor, and do
things that are around it, we can cut the incidence of low birth weight
by an enormous amount. Think of the savings, and think how happy the
and think how great it is for the kid, for the baby. Well, that’s what
doing. We got a long way to go to completely mature these programs, but
Let me also
tell you that we are working with the private sector. When Procter and
and General Electric, and the companies down in Cincinnati have gotten
on payment reform to have outcome-based medicine, think about this:
we pay people on the basis of how many in the door and how many out the
That’s not how we should pay them. We should pay them on the basis of
outcome. We should pay them on the basis of the fact that if you keep
healthy and give me primary care, we’re going to pay you more money. It
improve the quality. It will improve satisfaction. It will reduce the
I’ve talked to Ms. Cafaro, who is here today, about helping us to
national program to work with the Administration. It’s the way we’ve
got to do
things. I think she’s got some ins down there. If she doesn’t, you know
have to see if you can do that Capri, but we want to involve her in
want this to be bipartisan going forward.
reform. How long did we wait? For how long did we wait? I always like
to my buddy Lynn Slaby, the prosecutor, who stood up and he said we’re
going to just play politics. Locking 12,000 people up next to hardened
criminals, rapists, murderers, drug dealers for less than a year, and
we’re doing good? Gary Mohr. Where is Gary Mohr? This guy is the great
in corrections reform.
your work in the legislature, and because of your constant insistence
improving this situation, we were able to pass sentencing reform where
low-level offender can be put in a community setting where they can get
lives back; where they can have a second chance. Now, here is the
that you know when you talk about reforming prisons and giving people
time: it’s a great applause line at a Republican dinner, as you can
but I’m not looking for those. What I’m looking for is giving people a
So you know
what we’re thinking about now? If you’ve been a violent offender and
prison, you want to work your way out of that, we’ll give you a chance.
going to create a process whereby people can work their way back. If
violence in the prison, we will lock you up for 1,000 years. Have no
about that. It’s a great achievement to have done sentencing reform in
reform. 124 years multiple primes. Think about this: you build a house
everybody is a multiple prime. Dave, can you imagine that? It drives up
cost sky high. Gordon Gee is with us today. Gordon Gee, Ohio’s best
is with us today. He is the president of Ohio State University. Gordon,
to stand up and take a wave. Where the heck are you? There he is.
said, “If we can go to a single prime contractor, we can cut the cost
building my new hospital by 25 percent.” For 124 years we did it. We
it anymore. Now we’re down to a single prime, and who is going to
public, students, and families, through lower tuition, lower costs.
Gordon, for what you did and for the other presidents that were strong
to do this.
development. 1962, 1963, Jim Rhodes created the Department of
worked fine for a while, but it’s become slow, bureaucratic, outdated,
atrophied. I want to thank you. And, you know, Tom Sawyer is out here,
called him the other day. As we move the contract through the
board, Tom was there when we first brought up JobsOhio. We had some
support. Not overwhelming obviously, but we thought if we could create
that could move at the speed of the market operation and not the speed
statute. Because I saw a race between the statute and the glacier. And
In the 21st
century, you’ve got to move at the speed of the marketplace. And so we
JobsOhio. It’s beginning to bear fruit in our state already and I’m so
Mark, thanks for coming from California. Now he is an Ohio resident.
what we’ll see next, right? It’s amazing.
reform. Think about this: No mom and dad should have to have their kids
school where they’re not safe and they’re not learning. It’s a civil
This is not
an attack on the public school system or public school teachers. We
honor the ones that are really out there just like we see here in Wells
Academy. But, when the schools aren’t working and they’re
our children go. We went in this state from 13,000 vouchers to 30,000
who can have more choice and more freedom, to next year 60,000
don’t know that that exists anywhere in America. And it’s going to give
poor people a chance.
the cap on the number of charter schools. And let me make it clear: if
an underperforming charter school, we’ll be on you. We have to have
in every school, and just because it has a name, if it’s not working,
going to have to deal with it. I’ll ask the legislature to exercise
oversight. And let me also — you can applaud for that. I know a lot of
are concerned about that.
school continues to fail, parents and teachers have the power to take
school over themselves. I want to give a big shout out to Stan Heffner.
He is a
man who has decided that he is committed to the fact that we need to
and dads know, across this state, how their kids are doing. He has
report that ranks the schools, and that’s how Wells got to be number
one. He is
traveling the state. We need moms and dads to know how their schools
And let me
also say I’m very proud of the fact that we did teacher evaluation. We
meetings across the state; 1,400 e-mails from teachers. You know what
are worried about? They don’t mind being evaluated, but what they don’t
to get the short end of the stick. They want to make sure there are
ways for them to be measured. We listened to them. It’s exactly what we
took this framework to the State Board of Education. As I mentioned to
earlier today, the unions, the Administration, the members of the
we got the framework improved. Our schools across the state are,
consistent with the Race to the Top, where I give Arne Duncan and the
great credit for what they’ve done there. We’re moving Ohio forward,
got a long way to go.
we today? I could give you 50 other things, but we’d go on forever
are we today? Ohio is the number one job creator in the Midwest today,
sit here. Number one.
number nine job creator in America. From 48 to nine in one year.
time, because we’re a powerhouse here in Ohio. And you know what? Our
sector job growth, rather than losing the 400,000 jobs over the last
years, we created 43,500 new jobs. A net increase of 43,500 families
manufacturing jobs – it’s not just autos, believe me, and I’m going to
in a moment – 14,400 manufacturing jobs. God made some people to make
It’s coming back to America, and it’s coming back to Ohio. JobsOhio and
economic team have produced – as a result of saving or creating new
working with those companies that, on their own, decided to move
forward – $4.7
billion in payroll. That’s a lot of money getting spent. $4.7 billion
billion in new capital investment. That means they’re taking $3.2
putting it into our state. It’s just such incredible news. Think about
the saves: Diebold, what a great save for Canton, Ohio. American
hey, Wendy’s came home from Atlanta, Georgia. Wendy’s is back in
this one: You know that credit rating agency, Standard and Poors? You
them? They downgraded the United States. They downgraded Spain. They
France. They downgraded Italy. And they improved our credit rating all
same time. We have gone from a negative watch to stable as a result of
work we’ve done. That sends a signal all across this country that Ohio
wants to say how partisan everything is. Baloney. That’s not true.
it’s been partisan at times. Sometimes really partisan, and I get it. I
fall off of a turnip truck over here.
think about some of these things: The Common Sense Initiative – Mary
our Lieutenant Governor – this is a program where we’re just trying to
sense out of things so we’re not shutting businesses down because we’re
dumb things in government.
Let me just
give you one story: you know there was this – the Ohio liquor law
manufacturers to purchase alcohol in retail containers and retail
prices. One recipe
for a Merlot wine sauce called for 140,000 pounds of wine, which they
purchase, sterilize and pour one bottle at a time. No sipping allowed.
worked with the Department of Commerce, the General Assembly, and
Culinary has announced its expansion. They will no longer have to do
that’s just a common sense little thing. And yet, we were snuffing out
hurting families because we didn’t have it together. Mary is trying to
We got – I think it was overwhelmingly bipartisan for the Common Sense
sentencing reform I’ve already mentioned.
Brunner here, by the way? Where is Jennifer? She here? She in here
Wave, Jennifer. We all love you, or most of us do.
Jennifer to help us on collateral sanctions. Ladies and gentlemen – you
know this, the legislature does – do you know that if you have a felony
conviction, you serve your time and you come out of prison, do you know
you are prohibited from cutting hair or driving a truck? We can’t have
We’re going to fix that, and I’ve asked Jennifer to help. Gary Mohr
meeting – and early morning – and Shirley Smith, who is hugging me –
I believe in God.
I said to
those who are the hard core right wing, lock them up forever – can’t do
said to the left wing, get out of jail free card. We’re talking about
beings. We got to give people a chance here. You can’t be in a position
you paid your price and you want to get back. You can’t get a
driver’s license. That’s one of the most needed things in the area of
gas today; you’ve got to drive a truck
going to get this done. Right, Ross? We’re going to get this done, and
going to get some. Slaby, you got another assignment to do.
Drugs: Bubp, Johnson and Burke. We closed all those pill mills down in
County, didn’t we? Made a difference, didn’t it?
cracking down on these doctors that are just not doing their job and
patrol, John Born, by the way, they’re a fired-up group again. John
involved, along with highway patrol, and being involved in drug
Ladies and gentlemen, the war on drugs is something we’ve got to pay
to, because it is wrecking our communities.
working with the highway patrol to get that done. But again, another
effort. I was in the House when it passed unanimously. Went over to the
flew through. Yeah, there are things we can do.
America. Remember a year ago I said we ought to have Teach for America?
Snap of a finger. We got Teach for America coming. So, we’re going to
these young people. They’re all fired up. They want to help people.
going to get out into these schools and bring new life to our schools.
going to be fantastic to see the way that it works.
Let me also
say that – I don’t even know how to tell you this. We have 1,000 Ohio
– the average: 13 years of age – they’re in the slave trade business in
state. Theresa Fedor is – you know, she is on fire about this. One
our children age 13. I can’t even – it’s hard for me to even think
My girls are 12. Could you imagine somebody snatching your daughter and
somebody forcing them into prostitution at 13 and 14 years of age? I
Colonel Charles the other day, I said, “You know we got a war on drugs?
got to have a war on the slave trade business in Ohio.” I know we
it, but we’ve got to stop this. We’ve got to snuff this out in our
It is a
Let me also
tell you if it wasn’t for bipartisan support I wouldn’t be standing in
we get to a really cool part, I hope. You know, we got to be – look,
really remarkable. We’re alive again. We’re out of the ditch. We’re
We’re becoming. It’s happening in our state. It’s not me. It’s all of
it’s the people of the state. I’m just thrilled to be part of it.
That’s all I
ever wanted in this job, so it’s happening. But we’ve got cultural
we have to make and people who represent the status quo who are going
us for the next series of things that we have to get done. Remember
purpose in the legislature, but I also think it’s – I get all fired up
read the stories of other people who are heroes. It gives me more
remember reading Fear No Evil. Sharansky sat in the Soviet prison. It
phonied up, trumped charges of being a traitor. They said, “Listen, if
this statement like Galileo did, renouncing what you did, we’ll let you
the Gulag.” He thought to himself and he later wrote he said, “If they
Galileo against me, they’re going to use me against somebody else.” And
worry? John Adams, Navy SEAL. We worry about politics? The guy goes to
everyday puts his life on the line in there, in the service like so
veterans in here. Let’s learn from people and get excited and
starting something new, and I hope it will always last. The Governor’s
Awards. Let me tell you, I wrote a book in 1997, 1998, and it was
is Contagious.” The first chapter was about two boys who died. One of
said, “You know that John Kasich? He is just a little boy in a
body.” I think you shine the light on people that do special things,
we’re going to shine the light on three people.
one I want to tell you about is Jo Anna Krohn. Jo Anna had a son – a
high school lost his life because of prescription drugs. She formed a
called SOLACE. Danny and Doctor Johnson and so many of the people, my
friend Tom Niehaus, they know about SOLACE. I remember coming up right
was going to be sworn in, and these ladies were up there in their pink
You made me cry because they said, “We want you to help us.” Jo Anna
could have gone, faded away. I mean, 17, 18 year old kid gone. But she
and she made a purpose of what she needed to do – to rally, not only
all these women who are part of SOLACE.
beautiful medals. It says, “A man of courage is also full of faith.” A
beautiful quote from Cicero. As you can see, it’s just a token, Jo
Anna, of how
we feel about what you’ve done, and the ladies from SOLACE. And maybe
in a way
we do this also in memory of your sweet son who didn’t die in vain.
receive this award.
talked to you about human trafficking. Adults use manipulation,
even forced to take our teenagers and make them prostitutes, slave
worse. One human trafficking survivor here in Ohio refused to sit down
this crisis go unnoticed.
Flores joins me here on the stage. Theresa was a teenager. She was
blackmailed, trapped in a hell of abuse that she could not escape.
anybody to help her. No support. No one to help her get free. Can you
that? Abused, drugged, beaten, raped. She didn’t give up, somehow. I
know how she did it. Today she is a licensed social worker in Columbus
licensed social worker in Columbus – and she helps liberate other women
by human trafficking. You know, her courage has helped her to turn her
experience around and make a difference in countless lives.
you come and get this medal.
want to see those on eBay ladies.
I went to
Dayton for a ceremony honoring U.S. Army Specialist Jesse Snow. Lost
in war. Jesse was in Afghanistan, and he crawled through enemy fire to
comrades. He lost his weapon, Frank LaRose. He lost his weapon. He
ammunition. Then he performed first aid. He used his body to shield
people; that’s how he died. Threw his body in front of others so they
live. This wasn’t some snap of the finger decision. He knew exactly
what he was
doing. He comes from a family that has tremendous patriotism and
service to the
country. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a ceremony quite like that,
Your young brother, you loved your brother, didn’t you, young man?
did. You loved your brother, Alex. We know he’s been honored with a
Star. He may get an additional medal before it’s all said and done.
a beautiful monument to him when they finally buried him. It’s not
me, because I can give one more honor and one more medal to the Snow
Mr. Snow, Alex, please come and get the medal.
I want all
the veterans that have served this country to stand now and be
their great and heroic service. Ladies and gentlemen, join me in
hope you’re inspired by them. I know you are. There are many great
things to do
for our state, and we have got to remember these people. I don’t want
to get on
– you know, if you’re going to be a preacher, you got to wear a collar
– but I
just want to tell you, I was a member of the legislature. It was very
interesting. Sometimes I fought with my own party. It happens. That’s
told me to do. Stand up and fight for what you believe in. Eighteen
Congress. Balanced budgets. Military reform. I learned a couple things.
we have a lot of new members here, some that haven’t even stood for
think you got to steer clear of mindless partisanship.
Theresa here today. If you took a hundred things, she and I wouldn’t
10. That is okay because I like her and she likes me. And she believes
is in the right place, and I know hers is. So, why don’t I search for
that I can do to make things better? Because I got to tell you
a good Republican or being a good Democrat, you’ve lost it. They don’t
awards for being partisan. Oh, you’ve got to respect your philosophy
have to carry it out, but you look at what’s happening in Washington.
want to be them? They can’t get out of their own way. The country is
faith. So together, we’ve got to make sure that we move forward. That
find things that we can work together on and not be nasty and mean and
callers but fight like crazy. Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan did. Then
a drink. Tip had two.
But when I
left politics, I never looked back. Leave it all on the field, ladies
have to build on what we have accomplished. I’ve just got to tell you
job. It’s just all about jobs. I mean, Rhodes was right: jobs, jobs and
People have jobs. Moms and dads are strong. Kids are strong. Kids get
poverty. Families are together. Marriages last.
got to tell you, you don’t achieve this by just snapping your fingers.
jobs don’t come here just on accident. It does not happen that way. We
think about the strategic way we can work together. We have to leverage
assets and the strengths that we have.
I want to
say to all of you, I know the idea of a legislature is that you’ve got
to go to
Columbus and vote. You know Rosenberger is a perfect example of a guy
as an afterthought. His job is to work with every business in his
bring hope to the people of Wilmington. We want all of you, I don’t
you are, in this legislature, I don’t care who you are in this crowd,
have an idea that you think can help create jobs and advance our
our state, tell us. Don’t be shy. I don’t bite. Most times.
of these projects has to be customized. It takes time. We have to work
And it can’t be done overnight. We also can’t give away the store. Be
not to give away the store. We’ve laid the foundation for growth. And
we have a
blueprint for different clusters in the state that we think can work.
than giving you – I can give you a laundry list of, you know, MBR and
legislative things, but I want to talk to you about what I think is
not what is blue sky and what Ohio can take hope and we can build upon,
let’s start with manufacturing.
dads, stop telling your kids that they shouldn’t try to get a job in
manufacturing. Manufacturing is coming back. Encourage your people,
If God made them to make things, let them make things.
back because of our workforce, because of our location, because of our
to move things. It’s coming back to Ohio. But let me tell you, when my
Uncle George, when Steve and Andy worked in the steel mill and they had
around and lift and push, and it’s the brain increasingly now. You
in an auto line, you can’t work in a steel mill if you don’t know how
to use a computer.
Technology is the order of the day and advancing manufacturing.
But let me
tell you about some of the recent things that have happened in this
are good. Talk about autos to start, because Ohio does have a base
auto. No question about it.
me tell you, when I went up to Detroit a year ago, Mark Kvamme and I
there, they were shaking their finger at me. “You are not getting it
Ohio,” shaking their finger. They shook their finger at me this year
“You are getting it right in Ohio now, okay”.
Motors put out a letter, they don’t put out a letter praising their
alone some government, saying that things were getting better. Ford is
investing a billion dollars in the State of Ohio, and wasn’t it a great
Gayle, when we were at Avon Lake? Those people were so happy. Ford is
invest five or six billion dollars. Michigan number one, to be
number two in America on Ford investment, a billion dollars. They moved
of business, which I’ll talk about a little bit more, from Mexico to
From Mexico to Avon lake. Get it?
right now an op-ed piece with the CEO of General Motors talking about
manufacturing in America. They have a continued commitment to Toledo,
and, of course, Lordstown. Chevy Cruze, baby. It’s selling. And it’s
half a billion dollar investment in Toledo. 1,105 jobs. I met with
Marchionne. I said, “Sergio, how many more can we get?”, because when
something good, you push them for more. That’s just the way it has to
working with them now to train people. Jacob’s University in
to do work force training. When you are able to get sticky with them,
can’t get out of your grasp. We want to grab them and we want to hold
we want to build what we have and not go through a breath-holding
the road. This is the way to do it.
I had a vision last night: Batch in a super car…
Budish next in the seat next to him and Jerry Seinfeld in the back
Honda continues their major investment in Ohio and give them a lot of
They don’t ask for a dime. We’re going to help them to train their
Let me also
say – is Jaime here from Republic Steel? I was told he was going to
Is he here? Well, his family which are big entrepreneurs, big business
in Mexico–think about this–they have made a huge investment in Lorain,
Who would have ever thought that that kind of an investment was going
more jobs in Republic Steel in Lorain, Ohio, this year. It’s a Mexican
making an investment in the State of Ohio. It’s phenomenal.
Star Steel in Youngstown, advanced manufacturing. What are they doing?
energy. Republic Steel is auto and maybe energy. Hey, don’t forget the
investments from United States Steel right up there next to that plant
Republic Steel. They believe in Ohio.
this, folks, I mean, I just don’t even – I can’t believe it. The
rate in Youngstown has gone from 11.5 to 8.3 percent in the last year.
Mahoning Valley is alive again. And they deserve it.
Ohio. ThyssenKrupp – big steel people. They were going to move their
absorbers to Mexico. Not only are they not moving them because we got
there and worked with them–not only are they not moving to Mexico –
moving people from Mexico to Hamilton, Ohio to make shock absorbers at
Controls up near Toledo – a whole new generation of battery making.
we can put in our cars that’s good for the environment. Something that
into our cars that will bring about a new generational change in the
power our cars. Right up there in Toledo, Ohio.
Whirlpool, this is really cool. Whirlpool is moving a bunch of their
Germany to Ohio. You know why? Market, location, workers. It all fits
doesn’t it, when you’re on the ball and working aggressively with these
forget the Timken Company. They already made a couple million dollar
in Ohio and they’re on the verge of another $225 million dollar
a new refiner and a jumbo caster in their steel plant. You can never
Timken. They’re part of the backbone of our state.
So here is
the thing with manufacturing – we got the people, we know how to work,
how to make things, we’ve got a legacy of it. Secondly, we’ve got
let me tell you – it’s interesting – every company thinks about costs.
what we do and we work with them. I talk to CEOs until the sun goes
is what’s working. The labor costs in China have risen. The labor costs
Mexico have risen and, unfortunately, the violence creates serious risk
you know, what we have in Ohio, we’re close to markets.
So we have
to devise a strategy, and we’re in the process of devising a strategy
now, where we can have a lot of foreign trade efforts and that’s
to places like California and the State of Washington. Then maybe we
look overseas, because here is the thing, all-in costs, access to the
the ability to move things, the ability to make things, all in costs,
starting to win. And we’ve got to pick off these companies one by one
these manufacturing jobs back here to this state and it’s worth
Mexico to Avon Lake, Mexico to Republic Steel. Germany and Whirlpool in
Ohio. ThyssenKrupp, Mexico.
working. And it takes a lot of different things. It takes energy
Energy is a big cost driver for companies. You must lower your energy
we’ve got to promote our strength in advanced manufacturing, aerospace.
How did we
go all these years without
the sheer brilliance and excellence of Wright Patterson Air Force Base?
know we’re flying, in a very limited way, unmanned vehicles down there?
know that unmanned vehicles are the future of aerospace? And down
Patterson Air Force Base, they have the sensors, the people, the
just haven’t been able to get it all together. Wayne Struble and I, my
friend and brilliant policy director, he is working – I’m helping him –
the FAA to give us a wider opportunity to fly these unmanned vehicles
Wright Patterson and in Springfield and Wilmington. This could change
face of Ohio.
can’t count on Washington for anything. You know that. It’s like
Godot. Let’s take advantage of what we have down there to drive this
working with the delegation and working with the Pentagon to see, along
the General Ashenhurst, to see if we can get this done and leverage our
experience, not just in flight, but also in manufacturing.
logistics. If you make things and you can’t move it, you might as well
make it. We need to be the best in logistics. It’s becoming an industry
State of Ohio now. It’s an industry in America. It’s the ability to
and move them quickly, by land and by sea and by air. And we’re
starting to win
It was not
long ago Wagoner, Senator Wagoner, when we went up to North Baltimore.
even sworn in yet. And we helped improve the infrastructure, using some
sense there, got some money so we could expand the infrastructure. The
Baltimore multi-modal is exploding and I’ll tell you why–because people
avoid Chicago with all their business and all the hassle there and they
come to North Baltimore, Ohio. That facility will be expanded and it
the best in logistics advancement, Senator. And we need to work to
operation. I know Chrysler would like to ship more things through our
multi-modal. It means jobs.
TQL down in
Clermont County, 1,000 people working down there, young people, you
they do is they have no trucks. But they take virtual trucks and match
with loads and they ship things all over the country. A thousand people
there. I was told that the average pay is like $70,000. It was like
Google or to PayPal or to, you know, the place where you buy all the
where all the people get excited. It’s young people excited.
And let me
also tell you BX Solutions in Toledo, we lost 700 jobs and turned
couple weeks later because a great young man up there, created 550 new
but we have to do a better job with our infrastructure. Now, let me
something to you: We didn’t take your highway money. I don’t want to be
misleading people anymore. Oh, yeah, you want a road, we’ll give you a
It’s just not true. We are 1.6 to 2 billion dollars short. No one has
with you. We didn’t take the money and I didn’t put this thing out now
so I can
get the turnpike–that’s just phony. That is not what this is about.
begin to tell the truth to people, so they can understand the situation
are in. I have not made a decision yet about what I want to do with
turnpike because if we don’t get the money we’re not going to do it.
in the process of studying it.
can have more public/private operations, and we got that in the
bill. We got this Brent Spence Bridge down there in Cincinnati. We
ought to be
involving the private sector and let them see the benefit of it being
with us, let them profit somewhat from it. Let’s get more of this
infrastructure done. You can’t shut down the Brent Spence Bridge. It’s
a major artery
in this country. Maybe we can figure out a way by getting a few pennies
together by letting companies be able to suddenly start to lease some
rest stops where we can get some good food a lot of other good things
there if we can open that process up.
So, I am
not telling you exactly what we’re going to do but let me say this to
think about this for a second: we will never give up underlying control
turnpike. But, if we can bond against that revenue or if we can lease
take care of the maintenance and make sure that the people that live
have largely been ignored over the last 40 years, the people who live
a responsive — get responsive agreements from those that might take
turnpike over and if we can generate billions of dollars, we don’t want
that? You got to be kidding me. So everybody slow down. Chill out a
Let us complete the study. And let’s see where we are. But
to be a critical part of the long-term growth of the State of Ohio and
you agree with this or not, you agree with that principle and we have
So we did
manufacturing. Logistics. Let’s try medicine for a while. Cleveland
University Hospital, Case Western, are you kidding me? The crown
Gee’s Ohio State new hospital. By the way, he’s got a guy working up
the name of Doctor Rezai – this guy is doing deep brain massage. And I
– the cabinet saw it, but I was up there and there was a man and what
is he puts a sensor imprint in the brain and pacemaker in the shoulder
sends a signal to disrupt the bad signals that cause Parkinson’s in
There was a man, they shut off the pacemaker, they put it back on. He
gave me a
carved piece of wood. It was like magic. John Glenn was with us the
at that cabinet meeting. It’s incredible if we can encourage that and
commercialize it, as well.
think of the University of Cincinnati, performance medicine in Dayton,
children’s hospitals, we got the best stuff in the whole world. And
what we got
as a result of it, think about this: Phillips, the great, great medical
moved their imaging R&D from San Jose, California, to
Cleveland. That’s better
than the Super Bowl for the Browns, okay? That’s a fantastic thing.
maybe not better than the Super Bowl, but equal to a Super Bowl, okay?
STERIS, a company that we helped create, moving some of their jobs from
down into Cleveland. You see, we’re working now to create a medical
What we really want is these hospitals and great facilities to work
because if they work together, we can have clinical trials. We can go
pushing medical devices. We work on it every day, but you got to change
culture of these institutions because they all think they’re Michael
And what we know is if we get them to work together, we can have an
result in all the fields of medicine today and bring tremendous
us. Divided we fall, work together we win.
services – number two in the country in property and casualty. We just
jobs from AmTrust moving to New York City to Cleveland, Ohio. It’s just
news for Cleveland. They want to change the very face of Cleveland.
Chase, Fifth/Third, a huge investment from Chase in Columbus, the
Bank, PNC and our community banks. We also have created a course at
the universities, community colleges to train kids in risk management
so we got
people that can work there. You can’t have an insurance company and
employees. And we’re carrying this out and working with universities
community colleges to get it done.
it’s our base. We are on the cusp of becoming a worldwide leader of
animals. Whoever thought that we would be able to say that we’re
non-bluetongue cows to Turkey. Thank you – where is Rosenberger? I mean
did you ever come up with that and Jim Zehringer. See, we can ship this
livestock all over the world. And we need to move into agribusinesses
more markets. Let’s stop treating agriculture as a stepchild. It’s the
foundation of our state it always has been.
I mean, Janova cloud computing in New Albany. Businessweek says that
is the fastest growing market for technology jobs in America, and
third. We can begin to compete with the Silicon Valley, the triangle of
Carolina and with Boston because we have people that know what they’re
We just got to create the climate here so people are excited about
And today I
want to tell you about the best technology resource that you’ve never
It’s buried underground in Ohio. This will set us apart from every
Let me tell
you what happened. There is this guy – let me see if I can find his
here – there is this guy his name is Al Stutz, have you ever heard of
ought to get one of those awards. Al is just like a regular guy. He
the government. He figured out back years ago that when the telecom
were cratering and the costs of the fiber were decreasing, Ohio ought
it. So, we went and bought all this fiber. It’s like this black fiber
means you can send stuff so fast. It’s high speed. It’s beyond high
Internet. And I’m announcing today we’re going to increase the speed of
from 10 gigabytes per second to 100 gigabytes per second and what does
mean? It’s not Back to the Future with gigabytes. I mean, this really
that healthcare and research that these researchers no longer have to
overnight mail to share their massive files on hard drives, but can
instantly. This allows our research hospitals and universities to
successfully for the research grants that create breakthroughs in jobs.
multi-media space, it means that companies in the entertainment, design
graphics industry that must deliver huge amounts of data to customers
collaborators can be right here at home in Ohio. Our databases like
Nexis, online retailers and banks who need files backed up for security
find Ohio a cheap, easy, fast place to work. You did it in 1987. We’re
exploding its power. It’s going to yield huge, huge benefits for the
the State of Ohio. OARnet. You’ve heard it here first, believe in it,
change the face of the entire State of Ohio. And I want to thank Al
the legislature that had the foresight to do this.
all thought I came here for energy. Baloney. I came here because of
what I told
you earlier – happens to be some good energy things going on. We had an
summit many of you came to it. Two days long, 1100 people, experts from
over America. We need to have energy policy in Ohio. If America can’t
policy that makes us energy independent, we’ll let Ohio create an
that makes us independent.
with coal. We’re the Saudi Arabia of coal. Clean it and burn it. Clean
Gordon, and burn it. Clean it, Battelle, and burn it. Use it.
Renewables – hey,
you can be for coal, you can be for gas, you know, you can be for wind,
be for solar, you can be for geothermal. We need to be for our
They’re starting to gain momentum. They’re starting to become more
workable. But let’s, of course, not stuff something in that’s going to
costs for people, you know, that are unrealistic, but we need to
renewables in our state. You already have. I compliment you on that,
is some additional things we can do, like capture waste heat. Do you
you drove down here? Did you see the big cooling tower? How would you
capture that and put it back into the company so they can lower their
generate power and at the same time clean the environment? We will have
proposal to do just that here in the State of Ohio. And conservation,
have to do it.
me tell you this, though: natural gas, fracking. People are getting it
state. We’ve been working on this for, well, before I was even sworn
cannot degrade the environment at the same time you’re producing this
It is not acceptable. And it’s not a false choice. The biggest
that you need to have tough environmental rules. They can’t be
They can’t be over the top, but we need to have them because we can’t
yahoo come into the state and damage this whole industry because
biggest companies understand that we need to take care of things like
pressure pipelines. We don’t want to have a high pressure pipeline
our state. We have to take care of the gathering lines. We have to make
that the well head is not going to contribute to contamination of the
groundwater. I mean, we have to do all of these things. But we cannot
fears outweigh the potential.
I’m always concerned
about talking about the potential. Because the people in the Mahoning
the people in Steubenville, the people in southern Ohio – how many
have they heard that have only been shattered, okay? So let’s take our
We’ve only had 36 wells drilled, but the good news is it looks pretty
looks pretty good. Billions of dollars’ worth of investment in this
that’s all good, as well. And we have much work to do.
everybody today’s talking about a cracker facility. Well, let me tell
we’ve got. We have a company called MarkWest. Is Frank Semple here
KASICH: You know, I kind of enjoy all this. This was what it was like
was growing up. Hey, Steubenville let them know what you think about
what you think about it.
me tell you, let me tell you about Frank Semple, who is here with us
is the CEO of MarkWest. He is locating three facilities in Ohio, two
facilities and those are the facilities we use to separate the gases.
also bringing a fractionater on the technology chain. The fractionater
to take the liquids that are produced from the fracking and it can
them into the propane and the ethane. This is really exciting and way
food chain. He is investing in these three facilities in this state – a
half-a-billion dollars’ worth of investment – 700 jobs to build the
So start signing up, and at the same time, it’s going to yield hundreds
permanent jobs all in direct and indirect. Give Mr. Semple a round of
for having faith in Ohio.
coming, Frank. Okay. Let me say. Let me tell you a couple a couple of
very essential things that we need to do in our state. You know, first
on the energy piece of this, on the energy piece of this, we’re going
to work together collaboratively, and we have been. Democrats and
understand the big picture here, but let me tell you a couple other
need to do quickly. Workforce training. Everywhere you go, everywhere I
what do they tell you, they tell you, “Well, we’ve got a lot of job
We have a lot of job openings, but we don’t have the skilled workers to
KASICH: We don’t want you to be.
You know we
have 80,000 unfilled jobs right now in Ohio, can you imagine that?
Okay. Let me
tell you what else we have. We have a workforce training program –
shame on us
– think about this, we have 77 different programs located in 13
agencies. Now 77 and 13 adds up to zero, because that means there is no
comes to our limited accountability as to how these programs work, so
what we need to do quickly, 1, and we need your help on this, companies
forecast. They have to tell us what they need. What they do is they
that they don’t have any workers, but they won’t tell us what workers
need, so we’ve gone to the business roundtable, the chambers of
commerce and we
are aggressively, and with the energy companies I told them, we don’t
foreigners working on our well heads, those are people from West
Michigan and Oklahoma, okay? We want Ohioans on the well head.
You have to
help us to get them to forecast short term, intermediate term. How many
do you need? How many technicians do you need? How many molders do you
How many truck drivers do you need? How many computer experts do you
many engineers do you need? We don’t have enough engineers, enough
enough mathematicians. We’ve got to tell kids and point them to where
jobs are. Get the companies to forecast. It’s a major program for us.
we need our community colleges to begin to educate people for these
some of them are doing a pretty good job. Some of them aren’t doing a
job. You know, we only have a 10 percent graduation rate nationwide for
community colleges. Community colleges should be like the emergency
when there is a job. Put kids and students in there, including adults,
them trained quickly so they can get the jobs that are available. So we
match the community colleges with the business community and the
Sounds easy? Try it. We’ve been working on this for six months. This is
cultural change. And our universities, they’ve got to do a much better
focusing kids on realistic job propositions. Do you know that we –
don’t want to get into necessarily the negative, but some of our
rates our four-year graduation rates, they’re just wrong.
you one. After four years, 14 percent graduation rate? We can’t have
Ohio. We need to graduate more kids and get them degrees, whether it’s
technical degree, a community college degree, or a university degree,
the more degrees they have the more job security they have, the more
get, and the healthier we are as a state. And we need to put this
let nothing stand in our way.
technical schools are doing pretty good, they serve as a model. They
closely with businesses, and I’m not saying that some of these business
aren’t doing great. It has to be seamless. It has to be consistent. It
be robust. Let me also tell you, in order to keep tabs of all this, I’m
to have this thing called the workforce training reform plan. I mean,
like – I don’t even like to give them these names, but here is what it
guy Rich Frederick that works for me, he is reporting directly to me.
going to change the whole thing. We’re going to do metrics, how the
colleges, the technical schools — by the way, let’s bring vocational
back strong in our K-through-12 education, bring it back.
know, sort of like Paul Brown used to say, “Rich, if you can’t get it
I’ll find somebody who can.” We will get this done. But we need your
our door is open on any creative ideas you have.
education, we have a great system of universities, but we don’t have a
great university system. We have the best higher education in, I think,
world. I’ve asked Gordon Gee to do four or five things. We’re going to
capital bill. In the past, each individual came and lobbied for
more. No more Bowling Green ahead of everybody else. What we’re going
to do is
Gordon – God bless Gordon. Think about this guy, I mean he is
Colorado, he is Ohio State, he is Brown, he’s Vanderbilt, he is West
back at Ohio State. This is incredible. Incredible resume, Gordon, I
if it’s great or because they wanted to get rid of you, but it’s pretty
fact of the matter is I’ve asked him to get the university presidents
and they’re going to come with a capital bill for the first time in our
that doesn’t have universities just going for themselves. They’re
together. It is a change and a culture change.
Now, we are
also asking Gordon to increase graduation rates for all of our
more 14 percent. It has to be tackled. We have to be patient but we
demand this get done, because it is not fair to our families and our
to not get graduated. The emphasis should not be on enrollment. It
ought to be
Now let me
also say to you: I’ve told Gordon, you know, up there at the University
Akron, Kent State they got great advanced material programs. He said,
one of those.” I said, “You can’t have one Gordon.” We don’t want them
competing with one another. We want to be collaborating so we don’t
duplicative programs. It requires a big cultural change. We’re getting
saying that it’s not good enough to do research. If you don’t
create jobs, what’s the point? I can find you research on a top shelf
building 140 years from now. Commercialize. Create jobs. Spinoff
can get that done, but it’s going to take new and renewed focus and so,
know, whether it’s graduation, whether it is working together on this
of the fixing of their buildings, whether it is targeting people,
universities to target people for jobs that exist, if we create a
system, it would unbelievable. It would be absolutely unbelievable and
on the verge of being able to do it.
K-through-12, 67 percent of Ohioans think the system is great.
in Ohio: 80 percent statewide. Where do the other 20 percent go? Urban
urban areas, it’s a 65 percent graduation rate. Thirty-five percent
out of high school? It might have been okay back in the days of my
where you can go get a job in a steel mill. That doesn’t work like
that, a 35
percent dropout rate in our urban schools? Forty-one percent of, of the
that are graduating from K-through-12 are taking remedial math and
11th and 12th grade when they get to college. It drives up the cost of
and the kids in there are supposed to be going to college, they are
and 12th grade math. Guess what he does? He drops out. He’s got a
This is not
sustainable. America has been falling behind and Ohio is stuck in the
and we need to fix it. And I have to spend the next year building a
and I just talked to Armond today, you know, about this program that
Jackson in, in Cleveland is talking about to reform public education.
counting on Cleveland to deliver the goods. I’m counting on Cleveland
their best advocate. Oh, I’ll work with them. I’ll go door-to-door to
of their offices. The mayor of Cleveland – business community, and
community and the mayor of Cleveland are really committed to very
and unbelievable reform, and we can evolve as Republicans and Democrats
endeavor. We can change urban education in Ohio and change urban
America. And that is worth fighting for and risking for.
here is the way I look at things. We’ve got to study the Frederick
Academy, the Wells Academy, the fine charter schools in Cleveland. We
study them, find out what works, be data driven and do it. It doesn’t
shortchange our teachers. You know, if we’re not doing well, then let’s
If they’re doing great, pay them. I sat in this classroom out here
everything to settle down, you know, the things on the walls that
bedrock foundation for our young children. My God, there is nothing
important than these teachers but they have to be of excellence – we’ll
them. It’s just the way it has to be.
if we can train, educate, forecast, use our locations, use our great
use our resources, our assets, we’ll be number one in America. We’ll be
most powerful state in America. I have no doubt we have the scale, the
everything that we need.
reason why it’s all about jobs is not some political thing. Just think
for a second. Imagine going home, Uncle George you remember, when they
home and say I lost my job today. Think about when somebody can go home
say, “I got a job today. Son, I got a job today.”
and, and some of the campaign people went to Wilmington during the
cried. Not ashamed to admit it. Going to a food pantry, 7-, 8-, 9,000
playing by the rules. And one day, it’s all pulled away from them. They
they played by the rules. They’re hard working, God-fearing, it
happens. It’s a
shame. It’s part of what – the sorrow that we see in the world. We
food pantry. Sweetie, I know you’ll never forget it. I think Rachel Ray
there and did part of her show about the tragedy, and they focus on
all the time.
went down there the other day to announce the airport transport
AMES: 259 new jobs and they were gathered in the hangar there. And
people in the crowd and they represented the commissioners and the
the preachers and the mailmen and they were all there. And behind us,
stage were the people who were working in their brand new shiny
got to go home and say, “Son, I got a job today. It’s going to be
it’s about. Let nothing stand in the way of building a prosperous Ohio,
richer Ohio, an Ohio free of poverty and unemployment. Oh, we’ll never
all of that, but the closer we get to it, the better off we are. It is
exciting time for all of us to work together, to do good. God bless our
country, and God bless Ohio.
all very much. Thank you.
By the way
as I get ready to leave, I just wanted the school to know the flag’s
God bless you. Thank you very much.
NIEHAUS: If you will please remain in your seats while the colors leave.
NIEHAUS: The chair recognizes President Pro-Tem, Senator Faber for a
FABER: Mr. President, I move the joint convention adjourn.
NIEHAUS: Without objection, the
joint convention is adjourned.