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What They're Saying About Gov. Kasich's Budget

ANDREW GINTHER, MAYOR, CITY OF COLUMBUS

“Governor Kasich’s proposed investments in smart infrastructure will help to further the innovative work that will be done in our region as part of the Smart Columbus initiative my administration is driving. I applaud Governor Kasich’s investments in smart mobility as these assets will benefit residents and visitors to our state and help drive our economy into the future.” 

ALEX FISCHER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE COLUMBUS PARTNERSHIP 

“We applaud Governor Kasich’s priority of making Ohio a leader in transportation technology. Smart Columbus is a cornerstone of helping transportation innovation gain momentum in our state and we look forward to the advancements and opportunities that will come as a result of Ohio’s Transportation Budget."

JR RAUSCH, MAYOR, CITY OF MARYSVILLE

“The recent investment commitments by The Ohio State University, Transportation Research Center, and by the state of Ohio into smart infrastructure will capitalize on Ohio’s strong base of automotive manufacturing and research and development companies.  The City of Marysville appreciates Governor Kasich’s charge to fund and encourage smart mobility improvements along the NW 33 Innovation Corridor and to other areas of the Buckeye State.”

RICHARD E. DALTON, BUSINESS MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS, LOCAL 18

“Our membership has enjoyed some of the best years of work in our 78-year history under the Kasich Administration. In the last six (6) years Governor Kasich has spent $12.5 billion on Ohio’s infrastructure. With an additional $4 billion proposed in his budget, the Governor will have spent an unprecedented $16 billion during his term in office. This administration clearly understands the importance of strong infrastructure funding to the lives of Ohioans and the people who do business here.”

GREG PETERSON, MAYOR, CITY OF DUBLIN

“Governor Kasich’s commitment to smart infrastructure will benefit the entire State of Ohio and continue to advance our reputation as a world leader in transportation technology.”

WILLIAM MURDOCK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MID-OHIO REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

“Central Ohio is excited for ODOT’s proposed investments in smart mobility.  Whether it’s world-leading technology along our region’s corridors like the US33 Smart Mobility Corridor or the major expansion of the Transportation Research Center, all of the advanced transportation projects build on each other to leverage our region’s focus on Smart Columbus.  The Ohio Smart Mobility Initiative not only improves transportation flows and safety, it strengthens our economy and reputation as an innovation hub.”

STEVE STOLTE, COMMISSIONER, UNION COUNTY

“Home to Honda of America Mfg., Inc. and to over 50 automotive related companies, the NW 33 Innovation Corridor is poised to become a major test area for contained and on the road testing of autonomous and connected vehicles.   Union County thanks Governor Kasich for his leadership in advancing smart infrastructure throughout Ohio that will ultimately provide more opportunities for our manufacturing sector to grow at a much faster pace.”

JERRY CIRINO, COMMISSIONER, LAKE COUNTY COMMISSION PRESIDENT

“We are very excited at the prospect of having a smart highways’ in Lake County. This state-of-the-art sites for innovation will not only help put Ohio on the map as a leader in  transportation technology, but by expanding the network of smart highways Ohioans and businesses will have a safer, more efficient driving experience.”

CASEY KOZLOWSKI, COMMISSIONER, ASHTABULA COUNTY 

“I’m excited to see the State of Ohio taking the lead on the future of transportation technology. With the addition of a “Smart Highway” on I-90, Northeast Ohio is poised to become the next destination for transportation research and automated logistics. I applaud Governor Kasich for continuing to support innovation and transforming Ohio for the 21st century.”

BETH EASTERDAY, PRESIDENT, AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES

“The American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio supports the efforts of Governor Kasich to improve and enhance the existing infrastructure in Ohio through this smart infrastructure initiative. This effort recognizes the need to provide sustainable long-term investment into the overall transportation needs of the state to maintain growth and economic viability.”

MARK-TAMI HOTTA, CEO, TRC INC.

“Thanks to the support of the State of Ohio… JobsOhio and The Ohio State University, the TRC SMART Center expansion provides the capabilities, facilities and support to enable the development of future automated vehicles.”

BRET ALLPHIN, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, BUCKEYE HILLS-HOCKING VALLEY REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

“Governor Kasich’s investment of $12.5 billion over the last six years illustrates the importance of transportation to improving the economy as well as the quality of life for Ohioans, especially here in southeastern Ohio.”

MARK POLICINSKI, CEO, OHIO-KENTUCKY-INDIANA REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

“John Kasich has been great for this region’s infrastructure and the safety and jobs it provides. John Kasich has delivered for this region transportation network and we applaud him, most vigorously.”

DEB NORRIS, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SINCLAIR COLLEGE               

“The State of Ohio is a national leader in the development of drones and related technologies… Sinclair deeply appreciates the Kasich Administration's leadership and continued support of drone integration and commercialization in Ohio.”

FRANK J. BEAFORE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SELECTTECH GEOSPATIAL

“This is absolutely an outstanding move by the Governor and the State of Ohio. As the home of aerospace technology, the results of this effort will be a great addition to our tool kit in developing the next generation of drones and integrating them into our national airspace. This effort will also aid in demonstrating the effective use of drones in many applications such as engineering surveys, infrastructure inspection, natural resource management, industrial inspections and assisting in keeping our power distribution running smoothly.”

DAVID GALLAGHER, CHIEF OF STAFF, OHIO/INDIANA UAS CENTER

“Thank you to the Kasich Administration for investing in our aviation future and being national leaders when it comes to the development of unmanned aircrafts systems technology.  The technology developed in Ohio will help improve safety measures from things like bridges inspections to roadway condition assessments by making the process more efficient.”

ANDREW E. DOEHREL, PRESIDENT AND CEO, OHIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

“The Ohio Chamber of Commerce supports Governor Kasich in his efforts to encourage collaboration between businesses and educators. By bringing the two together, we can more efficiently and effectively prepare Ohioans of all ages for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

DR. DAVID HARRISON, PRESIDENT, COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“I support the governor in his effort to establish transition classes for students needing remediation while still in high school. Helping prepare students for the transition to college will greatly benefit Ohio’s students, families, and colleges as doing so will free up resources to help students toward their desired career path.”

DR. ROY CHURCH, PRESIDENT EMERITUS, LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“Governor Kasich recognizes that Ohio’s economic success will depend highly on having a talented, educated workforce.  His priority to improve and expand Ohio’s College Credit Plus program will ensure a robust pipeline of educated talent prepared for tomorrow’s jobs.  In doing so, these students and their families will save thousands of dollars on a college education and receive a jumpstart on the career path.  But our Governor is paying equal attention and investment toward today’s workers with a robust platform of workforce development initiatives to provide Ohio’s working adults with rapid training leading to a high-paying career.  This dual approach is what is needed to help Ohio’s companies continue to grow and stay competitive.”

RICHARD A. STOFF, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OHIO BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE

“WGU – and its straight-forward, competency-based model – is an innovation whose time has come. More and more working adults want to get their college degree, but they need to do it on their own schedule. Choice has always been the strength of the American higher education system. WGU is an important option for our state, our people and our key employers.”

BILL BEAGLE, STATE SENATOR, OHIO SENATE (5TH DISTRICT)

“The workforce initiatives Governor Kasich has proposed in this budget reflect the state’s commitment to preparing Ohioans of all ages for the jobs of today and tomorrow. By bringing businesses and educators together, we will be able to better prepare Ohioans for jobs and uphold the reputation Ohio’s workforce has, as among the best in the country.”

BILL REINEKE, STATE REPRESENTATIVE, OHIO HOUSE (88TH DISTRICT)

“Workforce development is a critical priority for our state, and the visionary proposals in Gov. Kasich’s budget will prepare all Ohioans with the skills they need for careers, colleges and beyond. I am pleased to see so many of the Executive Workforce Board’s recommendations in this budget, knowing they will help ensure our citizens have the ability to turn jobs into life-long careers.”

JAMIE REGG, SENIOR EXECUTIVE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE, GE AVIATION
“The governor is right to seek the appointment of non-voting business officials on local school boards. Doing so will increase business commitment to education reform and allow educators to better understand business needs.”

MICHELLE FRANCIS, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AND LEGAL SERVICES, OHIO LIBRARY COUNCIL

“We appreciate the governor’s efforts to recognize public libraries as continuous learning centers. By increasing awareness of the resources offered by Ohio's 251 public libraries, we will be able to help Ohioans of all ages gain access to training and skills in the areas employers are looking for.”

LORI GILLETT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, KOKOSING, INC.

“The governor is right to propose the recognition of apprenticeships and credentials as pathways to high school graduation. These pathways play a very significant role at Kokosing, and by making them more easily accessible to students, we can help bridge the training gap the construction industry is currently facing.”

DR. ANNALIES CORBIN, CEO AND PRESIDENT, PAST FOUNDATION 

“I’m excited that the governor is continuing to encourage innovation in Ohio’s classrooms through the Straight A Fund. The Straight A Fund helped the PAST Foundation build SOIL (STEM Outdoor Innovation Labs) in Ohio, which has been a great success for us and for students in across the state. With this sort of opportunity available, educators in Ohio will be able to drastically improve student achievement as well as career and college-readiness.”

STEPHEN LIPSTER, DIRECTOR, THE ELECTRICAL TRADES CENTER

“The governor is right in his efforts to recognize apprenticeship and credentials as pathways to high school graduation. By recognizing these pathways as equally valuable, we can better prepare students for rewarding and lucrative careers in the skilled trades.”

JOEL POTTS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OHIO JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION

“In this challenging budget environment, I’m pleased to learn about the Kasich administration’s continued commitment to workforce training and social services. In particular, the decision to expand support for foster youth transitioning to adulthood is a big step forward for a population in need. Additionally, the investment in training opportunities via Ohio Youth Works will provide the experience our young people require as they prepare for the future. I’m looking forward to collaborating with Director Dungey and her team at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as we finalize another budget that will help make Ohio stronger.”

CHAD L. ALDIS, VICE PRESIDENT, OHIO POLICY AND ADVOCACY

“Despite facing a tight budget year, Gov. Kasich’s education proposal does exactly what it should. The education budget modestly increases funding overall and continues support for important initiatives, like the Straight A innovation fund, Community Connectors mentorship program, and facilities funds for charter schools. At the same time, it signals the governor’s continued commitment to maintain strong charter school oversight, prioritize workforce development, and support the state’s EdChoice program expansion.”

ROBIN FISHER, SUPERINTENDENT, DAYTON REGIONAL STEM SCHOOL

“The Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS) applauds the governor’s decision to ensure that business leaders are represented on the governing boards of public schools… 

The presence of business members on the board helps the school make connections with regional partners who routinely interact with the students and teachers bringing authenticity to the classroom.”

DR. STEVEN JOHNSON, PRESIDENT AND CEO, SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“Sinclair has invested time and resources into competency-based education and the partnership with Western Governors University because CBE is a strong part of the future of higher education. CBE allows students to take the courses they need at their own pace and to get out into the job market faster. We greatly appreciate Governor Kasich’s strong support of competency-based education.

CHRIS M. BONNELL, DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS, WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY

“In the State of Ohio, there are over 1,280,000 adults who have completed some college coursework but do not hold a degree. These former students are a source of near and medium term degree recipients who, by and large, will remain in their local communities to work and grow the economy in Ohio. Most of these adults have developed competencies in the workplace and the WGU competency-based model will provide them a flexible, affordable option to complete their degree and qualify for a better job.”

RICHARD J. HARKNETT, PH.D., HEAD OF POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

“The Governor’s focus on this issue will position our State to be more cyber secure to the benefit of our citizens and businesses. By providing these resources and focus on improving our cyber education efforts in particular, our State can take a leadership role in cyber workforce and economic development.”

S. MICHAEL CAMP, PH.D., FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND COMMERCIALIZATION INSTITUTE AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

“Governor Kasich’s focus on building programs and infrastructure to commercialize Ohio’s university-based technologies is exactly what is needed to effectively bridge the gulf between scientific discovery and entrepreneurial startups that create high-paying jobs for Ohio.”

ROBERT IVRY, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MDRC

“Congratulations to Governor John Kasich on the development of the Accelerated Completion of Technical Studies (ACTS) pilot program. The concept of ACTS is well-supported by rigorous research on a similar program, Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), developed by the City University of New York and evaluated by MDRC, a nonpartisan research firm. In New York City, ASAP nearly doubled the three-year graduation rate for community college students seeking an associate degree — an unprecedented level of success… These results are comparable to the early findings from CUNY’s ASAP, suggesting that this model can make a real difference for Ohio community college students.”

LUCAS CLARK, COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS STUDENT, ZANE TRACE HIGH SCHOOL

“Through College Credit Plus, I have completed courses that are not available at my school, such as geology and anthropology, and it’s allowed me to explore my talents and abilities. I am fulfilling my high school graduation requirements and I am well into my basic college requirements. I have learned a great deal from my college instructors. My brother and I are both College Credit Plus students; this is a big financial savings because we will both be in college at the same time. By the end of this semester, my brother will be about a third of the way through a two-year degree, and I will have the equivalent of a year of college under my belt.”

JENNA HANNING, COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS STUDENT, GALLIA ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL

“College Credit Plus has undoubtedly changed my life. Not only did I discover what I actually wanted to major in (chemical engineering), but I've also been able to explore areas that I never would have been able to at my high school. Without this program, I wouldn't be as prepared for the future as I am today, and I think this program should continue.” 

PATRICK RODEN, STUDENT TRUSTEE, OHIO UNIVERSITY

"Cost and affordability are two important issues to students on campus. These proposals work to address the rising cost of higher education. I applaud the governor for this effort."

ANDREW E. DOEHREL, PRESIDENT AND CEO, OHIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

“We applaud the governor for recognizing that Ohio’s municipal income tax system is still a major deterrent to businesses seeking to invest here and for proposing common-sense changes that would further streamline this system and thereby improve our business tax climate.”

SCOTT WILEY, CAE, PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE OHIO SOCIETY OF CPAS

On behalf of our 24,000 members, The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) applauds the Kasich Administration’s leadership in pursuing significant, common sense changes to Ohio’s municipal income tax system through centralized tax filing and elimination of the local throwback rule.   Allowing business owners to file their net profit tax returns and payments in one place and on one form vs. the current system of separate filings with potentially dozens – even hundreds – of separate jurisdictions will result in meaningful overhead savings. This change, combined with eliminating the costly throwback rule, will make Ohio an even more attractive state in which to operate a business.  

 Another important proposed change will help Ohio be more competitive: shrinking the number of tax brackets from 9 to 5.  Good tax policy dictates that the simpler and more predictable a tax, the easier it is for taxpayers to comply and for the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) to administer, and this change will help achieve that goal.

GREG R. LAWSON, SENIOR POLICY ANALYST, THE BUCKEYE INSTITUTE

"Ohio’s municipal income tax is one of the most complex and administratively burdensome taxes in the entire nation. Proposals to simplify this entrapping byzantine maze--including moving toward a singular centralized collection process--are long overdue and represent very sound public policy. The Buckeye Institute heartily applauds Governor Kasich for advancing this much-needed and important reform for Ohio.”

JON CROSS , ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, HARDIN COUNTY CHAMBER AND BUSINESS ALLIANCE AND JESSE PURCELL, CHAMBER AND TOURISM DIRECTOR, HARDIN COUNTY CHAMBER AND BUSINESS ALLIANCE 

“We appreciate the Governor and the Ohio Legislature working together to lessen the burden of tax filings for Ohio’s small businesses.  A simpler one return, one place to file policy for municipal tax filings is a response way to lessen state laws and regulations that prevent unnecessary time and costs for all involved in the process.”

ERIC KEARNEY, PRESIDENT AND CEO, GREATER CINCINNATI/NORTHERN KENTUCKY AFRICAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

"The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) is pleased that Governor John Kasich's budget includes a continued commitment to the Minority Business Development Division (MBDD), Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC), and minority business. By supporting MBACs throughout Ohio, the Kasich Administration is providing small and emerging businesses with opportunities for bonding, loans, certifications, and growth.”

DR. STEVEN GABBE, CEO EMERITUS, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER AND  DR. PATRICIA GABBE 
CLINICAL PROFESSOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS 
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY AND NATIONWIDE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL 

“We are pleased that Governor Kasich's budget proposal supports mining state government data systems to help find ways to create a healthier economy. Ohio States' Moms2B program aids women at high risk for infant mortality by guiding them to make healthier choices and deliver healthy, full-term infants. Interpreting big data and arming our communities with interventions that can be used to help babies in our state survive their first year of life and beyond is essential.”  

RYAN ADCOCK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CRADLE CINCINNATI.

"Having the best quality data is absolutely central to Ohio's fight against infant death. Better, more timely, and more predictive data means that the thousands of people working to save the lives of babies will be powered to make better decisions. Private sector problems are routinely solved using complex data analytics - I applaud this move to bring that same type of solution to one of our state's most important issues."

THOMAS SKILL, PH.D., CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON

“Cybersecurity is one of the most critical issues of our time and we truly need to prioritize investments in this area in order to reduce these very real threats.  I'm pleased to see the State of Ohio focusing resources on cybersecurity - particularly in the education arena.  This is where we can make a sustained difference in better protecting ourselves, our property and our future.”

DENNIS ANDERSH, CEO, WRIGHT STATE APPLIED RESEARCH CORPORATION

“Cybersecurity is certainly of critical importance to us as a nation.  It is exciting and gratifying that Governor Kasich understands the enormous value and opportunity we have in Ohio by further investing in the academic research needed to lead in this area and to educate the next generation of cyber and data analytics experts.”

LARRY MOLITERNO, PRESIDENT, OHIO ALLIANCE OF RECOVERY PROVIDERS

“The Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers commends the Kasich Administration for its commitment to supporting a strong system of mental health and addiction services through its policies and priorities.”

CAROLYN KNIGHT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OHIO DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL 

“At first glance, we think the Department of Developmental Disabilities’ budget is exactly what individuals with disabilities and families need in this state, particularly those with complex needs. This budget proposal is one of the most thoughtful and pragmatic approaches to addressing the needs of individuals with complex needs, the needs of those who work to support individuals and families, and the need to look at how technology and efficiencies can be achieved in our field. The Ohio DD Council will support this effort and hopes these proposals are fully supported in the final version of the budget.”

MARK DAVIS, PRESIDENT, OHIO PROVIDER RESOURCE ASSOCIATION

“The initiatives in this budget are comprehensive in scope and supportive of the provider community. We are appreciative that this budget recognizes the vital role that direct support providers play in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.”

TOM RICKELS, PRESIDENT, THE OHIO WAIVER NETWORK

“This budget is a continuation of a shared commitment of this administration, providers, communities across the state, and advocates to provide meaningful change in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Ohio is proud of its high-quality system for persons with developmental disabilities.”

GARY TONKS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ARC OF OHIO

“We are proud to support this budget and the continued historic commitment to the population we serve. This $122 million investment is a very real and personal commitment to tens of thousands of families across our state. We urge support to Governor Kasich’s work to improve the lives of those we serve, to recognize the hard work of those who provide services, and to continue the significant advances we have made together.”

DEB LYLE, PRESIDENT, VALUES AND FAITH ALLIANCE

“The Values and Faith Alliance would like to thank Governor Kasich and Director Martin at the Department of Developmental Disabilities for continuing to invest in the lives, health, and happiness of individuals with developmental disabilities. This infusion of new dollars will have a direct and positive impact to individuals, families, and staff across the state. We look forward seeing the fruit of this budget, through more waivers, higher pay for the staff who provide critical support to individuals in Ohio so that they can continue to express their gifts and be valuable contributors to their communities.”

DANIEL J. DEW, CRIMINAL JUSTICE FELLOW, THE BUCKEYE INSTITUTE

"The Buckeye Institute applauds Governor Kasich and Director Mohr for using evidence-based policy proposals for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) budget. Overwhelming evidence shows that low-level criminal offenders who are rehabilitated locally are less likely to commit future crimes because they remain engaged in their communities, and--more importantly--are not picking up bad habits from more hardened and violent criminals in prison. The budget introduced today takes a step forward in keeping our neighborhoods safer, reducing government spending, and allocating resources to local communities to combat the epidemic of drug addiction."

VERONICA PERRY, PRESIDENT, THE OHIO CHIEF PROBATION OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

“I am excited to see the Kasich Administration is investing resources back into Ohio’s communities where we can effectively manage and treat addicted Ohioans.”

ROBERT ROOKS, VICE PRESIDENT, ALLIANCE FOR SAFETY AND JUSTICE 

“Our work with crime survivors has shown that they firmly believe that criminal justice priorities should focus on rehabilitation and community supervision.  The proposals in the Governor’s budget reflect that. They will make for a safer state and be more cost effective. That’s a win-win for crime survivors and taxpayers.”

EVE STRATTON, FORMER JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT OF OHIO

“We are very grateful to Governor Kasich for preserving the DYS budget for our youth who have become involved in the juvenile justice system. Investing the dollars in our youth at this stage not only saves money in the long run, but it will also save the lives of our precious young people.”

DAVID STUCKI, CHAIR, GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON JUVENILE JUSTICE

“The Governor’s budget recommendation is a statement of recognition of the good things that the Department has done for Ohio’s youth, families, and communities.”

MARK MECUM, DIRECTOR, OHIO ASSOCIATION OF CHILD CARING AGENCIES

“We are grateful to the Governor for his continued support of the Bridges program and Ohio’s young people. By securing this funding, we can implement an innovative program, based on best practices we know will change the status quo and give foster youth better opportunities to succeed.”

RICHARD A. STOFF, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OHIO BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE

“Someone once said education is to business as fertilizer is to farming. So what can be more basic than asking more business people to serve on school boards? I think this is plain common sense and will go a long way in making school more relevant and guiding our young people into promising careers.”

JACK HERSHEY, PRESIDENT AND CEO, OHIO ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES 

“Ohio’s community colleges applaud Governor Kasich’s continued support of our institutions and the unique role we play in the state’s overall higher education system. 

We are particularly pleased to see that the Governor’s budget embraces the important role that our community colleges play in providing Ohioans with the training and skills necessary to help meet local and regional workforce needs.”


KAREN TERCEK, PRESIDENT AND CEO, WILLOUGHBY WESTERN LAKE COUNTY CHAMBER

"The Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce is excited to learn that a portion of I-90 has been chosen as one of three test sites for the State of Ohio’s ‘Smart Highway.’ Lake County is poised to become the next destination for transportation research and automated logistics and we are eager to work with local businesses and the governmental agencies that are driving this initiative."

ROGER R. GEIGER, VICE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES/OHIO

“We welcome and support the Governor’s proposal to centralize and simplify the municipal income tax system for businesses. It’s a huge issue for many of our member companies who operate in numerous taxing jurisdictions around the state and have to sort out all of the different city rules and regulations when it comes to paying tax on business income. We encourage the members of the General Assembly to give this municipal tax reform their full support.”

MARCIE SEIDEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DRUG FREE ACTION ALLIANCE

“Drug Free Action Alliance commends Governor Kasich’s budget proposals for continuing Ohio’s commitment to mental health and addiction services as well as for proposing increased taxes on tobacco products and alcohol. By continuing the state’s investments in mental health and addiction services, Governor Kasich has placed a priority on the financial, physical, and mental health of all Ohioans.

Research clearly shows that when taxes on tobacco and alcohol products increase, the use of those products decreases. While some may claim these taxes harm the economy and burden those who pay the taxes, we regard this as a public health measure designed to save lives, improve the quality of life for many of Ohio’s citizens, and lower the healthcare costs of alcohol and tobacco use, which number in the hundreds of billions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

BILL HOUK, FIRE CHIEF,  JACKSON TOWNSHIP, MADISON COUNTY

"Madison County was fortunate enough to be awarded the MARCS grant and we have seen an incredible improvement in our communications, both in the building as well as with interoperability. We had a large fire a couple of months ago and for the first time communication did not hinder our ability to execute our jobs."

NATHAN WHEELAND, JUNIOR, OHIO UNIVERSITY

“At a time when students are struggling with the costs of tuition and textbooks, Governor Kasich has shown with this budget that he is not only aware of the problem, but that he also wants to be part of the solution.”

NOAH JOHNSON, JUNIOR, MIAMI UNIVERSITY

“Aside from tuition, textbook costs are among a student's biggest expenses while at college. As an Ohio student, I'm glad to see Governor Kasich's budget proposal include a way to bring textbook costs down for students.”

SAM COLLERAN, JUNIOR, MIAMI UNIVERSITY

“It's pretty cool that Governor Kasich's budget would make Ohio the first state in the nation to find a way to lower the cost of textbooks for college students. His proposal would save me hundreds of dollars every year, which definitely helps.”

MICAH DERRY, DIRECTOR, AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY-OHIO

“House Bill 5 in the previous General Assembly was an effort to simplify Ohio’s municipal taxes but fell considerably short of what was needed to provide meaningful relief to Ohio’s employers. We support Governor Kasich’s plan for a centralized collection of municipal taxes.”

JUSTICE MAUREEN O'CONNOR, CHIEF JUSTICE, OHIO SUPREME COURT

“At a time when Ohio faces the most significant drug abuse problem in its history with the opioid epidemic crippling individuals, families and our state, it is important that our courts have access to every tool available to combat this scourge. I applaud Gov. Kasich’s initiative and, as I have in the past, support expanding access to this critical tool.”

KENNETH MARCUM, OHIO DEPARTMENT ADJUTANT, DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

“Ohio’s ongoing commitment to the men and women who have proudly served our nation is evident in the Governor’s budget. We have been asking for more money to connect Ohio veterans to their resources and benefits, especially in Toledo--an underserved area for our assistance. The Governor’s new grant program will help us continue and possibly expand our services to connect more military families to benefits and resources.”

OHIO CONSERVATIVE JUVENILE JUSTICE NETWORK: EVELYN STRATTON, FORMER OHIO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE; BETTY MONTGOMERY, FORMER OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL; COLONEL TOM MOE, USAF (RET), FORMER DIRECTOR, OHIO VETERAN SERVICES; TYLER DUVELIUS, OHIO STATE DIRECTOR, CHRISTIAN COALITION ; HOLLY NAGLE, VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, COLUMBUS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

“We are pleased that the administration’s proposed budget continues progress made by the Department of Youth Services in helping young people whom they serve get the right treatment in the right environment. We look forward to strengthening Ohio families by working with the Governor and Ohio General Assembly on further needed efforts. Reforms that divert Ohio youth from the justice system, reduce the rates of incarceration, collecting uniform data on youth in juvenile courts, create more employment opportunities for at-risk youth and improve community safety through effective school and community based alternatives are key to making a real difference in our young peoples’ futures.”

S. TYLER RYAN, FINANCIAL SERVICES REPRENTATIVE,  MASSMUTUAL FINANCIAL

"Under the Governor's leadership, Ohio has continued to create a more business friendly environment.  I hear it from my clients all of the time.  Streamlining the way Ohio's job creators pay municipal taxes is a win-win for business!”

BRIAN ELIOTT, CHAIR, BROWN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

"The vast majority of our membership is made up of small business.  Whenever we have the opportunity to cut red tape and make it easier for them for do business in this state, I say, let's do it!  I support this proposal."

GREG SIMPSON, PRESIDENT, KEY TRANSPORTATION

"I pay multiple taxes in multiple jurisdictions.   I'll be the first to admit that the process is often tiresome and cumbersome for my business.  Streamlining the way Ohio businesses pay municipal taxes will allow us to focus on running our businesses and creating jobs. I support Governor Kasich and his budget."

DR. STACY WEISEND, CHAIR, OHIO SPEECH AND HEARING GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COALITION

"We are pleased that the Governor’s Executive Budget continues to assist families with hearing impaired children under the age of 21 in purchasing hearing aids. The Ohio Department of Health’s budget proposal to expand the equipment allowed to be purchased with this funding will further assist these families in obtaining the equipment that is badly needed for hearing assistance. We applaud the effort to address these unmet needs."

MORGAN SCARBORO, POLICY ANALYST, TAX FOUNDATION

“Reducing the number of tax brackets reduces unnecessary complexity in the tax code, and lowering the income tax rate can encourage economic growth.

Kasich’s proposal also broadens the sales tax base and raises the rate to offset his proposed income tax cuts. His proposal raises the sales tax from 5.75 percent to 6.25 percent while adding several services to the sales tax base. He includes services such as cable TV subscriptions, elective cosmetic surgery, lobbying fees, landscape designs, interior design and decorating, travel packages, and repossession services.

These changes are steps in the right direction. Properly structured sales tax systems, which should be aimed at taxing all consumption, would include services in the tax base. As state economies are comprised more of services than goods, less of the economy is taxed, favoring the service sector of the economy over the goods sector.”

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RICH VEDDER, DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS EMERITUS, OHIO UNIVERSITY

"The governor's budget aggressively addresses the growth-impeding over-reliance on income taxation; adopting the Governor's revenue plan would increase the state's competitive position and with that, enhance income and jobs."

GROVER NORQUIST, PRESIDENT, AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM

Grover Norquist has stated that the Kasich tax reform plan is pledge compliant.

“The flagship project of Americans for Tax Reform is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written promise by legislators and candidates for office that commits them to oppose any effort to increase income taxes on individuals and businesses.”

BRYAN WILLIAMS, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS OF OHIO

“Ohio small businesses should appreciate Governor Kasich’s effort to reduce the cost of doing business in Ohio by simplifying how companies file municipal income tax returns.

Our members work all over Ohio and at the end of the year must file dozens of municipal income tax returns. This proposal is a win for cities and businesses because it saves both money without reducing tax collections in any local community.  It is another example of putting technology to work for the benefit of taxpayers.”

CHRIS RUNYAN, PRESIDENT, OHIO CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

“We appreciate Gov. Kasich’s efforts to make Ohio’s tax system easier to use for Ohio businesses, and look forward to working with him on the passage of this important change to Ohio tax laws.”

RICK STOCKBURGER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LAUNCH LEAGUE

“Governor Kasich’s new tax plan helps consolidate the filing process for small businesses.  This frees up business owners from burdensome regulation that might scare away innovation.”

ANDREA ASHLEY, VP OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, THE ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF OHIO

“The Associated General Contractors of Ohio supports the Governor’s Budget proposal to centralize the collection of business’ net profits tax via the Ohio Business Gateway. Commercial builders are primarily small, closely held businesses that work across many municipal jurisdictions. They file taxes in anywhere from 15 to 75 different cities – each with their own forms, rules, procedures and appeals processes. The current system is extremely burdensome and expensive.”

RYAN ADCOCK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CRADLE CINCINNATI

“Our collaborative partners are so pleased to see Governor Kasich prioritize infant mortality reduction in his recently released budget. New funding will support efforts to help moms quit smoking, help families put their babies to sleep safely, and will fuel evidence based strategies to help prevent infant deaths in Ohio. This is squarely in line with our local strategy. I can think of no issue more worthy of investment from the State.”