Building Ohio's Jobs-Friendly Climate
Putting Ohio's Fiscal House in Order
Building Ohio's Future Workforce
Cutting Taxes and Improving Ohio's Tax System
Providing High-Value Health Care Coverage for Low-Income Ohioans
Strengthening K-12 Education
Bringing Needed Improvements to Higher Education
Creating A More Efficient and Effective State Government
Easing Veterans' Access to Jobs and Education
Embracing Technology for Ohio's Future
Ensuring Safe, Dependable Infrastructure for a More Competitive Ohio
Fighting Drug Abuse and Addiction
Finding New Opportunities to Fight Poverty
Improving Ohio's Criminal Justice System
Making the Youngest Ohioans a Priority
Safeguarding Ohio's Environment and Natural Resources
Transforming the Way the State Services Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities
Making Ohio's State-supported Colleges and Universities More Accessible, Affordable and Effective
Governor John R. Kasich made higher education reform a key priority for his Administration by providing more opportunities for every Ohioan to develop the skills required to obtain a well-paying job. Ohio is a national leader in implementing performance-based funding for public colleges and universities.
To help increase the number of Ohioans with degrees, Gov. Kasich created a new funding formula that ties state higher education funds to successful student outcomes. State funding for undergraduate students is now tied to student graduation and course completion. In addition, the governor has pushed to strengthen career counseling programs on state campuses, helping keep more college students in school and on track to rewarding, productive careers.
At a time when higher education costs were rising faster than health care costs, Gov. Kasich worked to hold down tuition growth, help universities control costs and provide more low-cost pathways to make college degree more attainable.
In an effort to address and prevent sexual violence on all of Ohio's college campuses, Gov. Kasich championed measures to identify and provide quality training and education opportunities to empower campuses to build comprehensive prevention and response strategies to support safe environments. As a result, Ohio's public colleges and universities are collecting data annually to inform their campus response, adopting comprehensive policies, incorporating survivor-centered strategies into their procedures and implementing new evidenced-based training programs. That hard work is paying off with the majority of Ohio students surveyed reporting that they believe campus officials would take a report of sexual misconduct seriously and support the person making the report.
After the age of 22, adults are no longer eligible for traditional high school diplomas. The governor created a program allowing community colleges and technical centers to develop new initiatives to help adults earn credits toward a high school diploma, while pursuing job training. As a result, approximately 1,300 adult Ohioans have earned their diplomas through this program. An additional 1,300 graduates have earned diplomas through the similar Adult 22+ program.
Gov. Kasich recognizes veterans as valuable, talented and skilled members of the workforce, and his administration has been committed to helping them access the education and credentials they need to make the most productive use of those skills in Ohio.
Ohio increased investment in state-funded higher education scholarship programs, and the Kasich Administration worked to enhance those opportunities.
Helping Ohioans Prepare for the Jobs of Today and Tomorrow
Transforming Ohio's workforce system has been a key priority for Governor John R. Kasich and an essential component of his efforts to create an economic environment that promotes job creation and opportunity for all Ohioans. This commitment included working with job creators to determine what skills and workers their companies need – today and well into the future – to ensure that training programs to meet those needs are available across the full spectrum of Ohio's education and workforce training system.
Improving the State's Economic Environment by Keeping Our Fiscal House in Order
Ohio has seen an impressive turn-around in its business climate under Governor John R. Kasich, receiving strong votes of confidence from a number of national surveys for the state's work to build a strong, business-friendly environment for job creation, capital investment and economic success. By continuing to focus on areas critical to long-lasting jobs growth, Ohio witnessed the most improved business climate in the nation, creating nearly 560,000 new private sector jobs since the start of 2011 and bringing unemployment rates down to pre-recession levels.
Making State Agencies and Their Programs More Efficient Cuts Costs and Improves Public Services
From its beginning, Governor John R. Kasich's administration worked to restrain the growth of state government spending and improve public services by reducing bureaucratic waste and making state agencies more efficient in their service to customers.
By Making Tax Reform a Priority, Ohio Has Strengthened Its Ability to Grow the Economy and Jobs
Ohioans enjoyed one the biggest tax cuts in the nation under the Kasich Administration with more $5 billion in tax relief. These tax cuts have helped spur Ohio's economic recovery and made the state one of the nation's top states for job creation. In his two terms, Gov. John R. Kasich reduced income tax rates 16 percent, eliminated state income taxes for many small businesses, killed the estate tax and provided targeted tax relief for low- and middle-income workers. These tax cuts helped spur Ohio's economic recovery, which has seen more than 550,000 new private sector jobs created since 2011.
Strategic Investments in Emerging Technologies, Such as Self-Driving/Connected Vehicles, Drones and Data Analytics Are the Keys to Ohio's Future Economic Growth
The 21st century's most successful business operations and entrepreneurships share one over-arching strategy: all are embracing technology. Sadly, government at every level has failed to match that pace, and the public sector has lost momentum in the way it operates, spends money and serves its citizens. But under Governor John Kasich's leadership, Ohio worked to build a much different model, one that keeps government ahead of the curve with new technologies and innovations, making strategic investments to ensure our state's continuing leadership in such areas as self-driving vehicles and smart highways, drones, cybersecurity and advanced data analytics.
Giving More Individuals Opportunities to Live and Work in Their Communities
As a compassionate leader who worked to help lift all Ohioans, Governor John R. Kasich transformed Ohio's developmental disabilities system by giving more individuals more opportunities to live and work in their communities.
Helping Students Everywhere to Be Ready for College and Career Opportunities
Governor John R. Kasich made K-12 reform a priority throughout his eight years in office, enacting policies that empower parents, encourage higher student achievement and focus funds on students' needs in the classroom. Under the Kasich Administration, Ohio invested a record amount in K-12 education, while putting in place key reforms such as the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, an A-to-F School Report Card, new pathways to keep students interested in school and programs to encourage mentorship.
Every child deserves a high-quality education regardless of where they live, their circumstances or their own unique learning traits. Gov. Kasich worked to help provide all schools, in every Ohio community, with the resources they need so their students can succeed.
Gov. Kasich sought new reforms to give parents a choice – driving competition and allowing families to find the right, high quality school for their children
Gov. Kasich worked to give parents and taxpayers more robust information and more effective tools to hold their schools and teachers accountable for results and drive student achievement.
Under Gov. Kasich's leadership, Ohio took important steps to further enhance the safety of our students – and provide greater peace of mind to their parents.
Gov. Kasich worked to increase flexibility to allow school leaders to innovate and succeed.
Knowing that creating these pathways is an essential part of any education is a vision for the future, the Kasich Administration has consistently designed and fostered reforms to keep students engaged in school and ensure they are ready for college and careers. .
Focus on Environmental Quality and Access to Natural Resources Improves the Lives of All Ohioans
Understanding that the quality, well-being and beauty of our natural world are essential to the jobs-friendly business climate we want to maintain and grow, Governor John R. Kasich has championed a number of reforms to protect the environment.
Fiscal Restraint and Streamlined Government Brought the State Back from Recession
Coming into office in January 2011, at the end of a worldwide economic downturn, Governor John R. Kasich was confronted with a state budget projected to run $8 billion in the hole and holding a mere 89 cents in its rainy day budget reserves.
From its very first day, the Kasich Administration worked to recover Ohio's fiscal stability by restraining the growth of state government spending, reducing bureaucratic waste and making state agencies provide more efficient public services. Putting Ohio's fiscal house in order required aggressive, and ultimately successful, action on a number fronts:
The Kasich Administration Set Ambitious Goals to Strengthen Early Childhood Care and Education
Knowing that a child's earliest years are critical to their future wellbeing, Governor John R. Kasich made it a priority to improve and expand Ohio's early childhood programs. His administration has consistently supported resources for early childhood programs across Ohio; expanding preschool opportunities for children who are economically disadvantaged, assisting families and reducing employment barriers by expanding eligibility for publicly funded child care, and incentivizing providers to be at the highest levels of quality. Administration programs worked to increase access to high-quality settings for Ohio's most vulnerable children, while serving them in a safe and healthy environment.
The State's Prison Reforms and Innovative Programs to Assist Ex-Offenders Draw National Recognition
Governor John R. Kasich's administration received national recognition for a wide range of innovative reforms that improve prison safety, address inmates' mental health and addiction issues, strengthen opportunities for released offenders to transition into jobs and operate our system with a more business-like efficiency that delivers cost savings to taxpayers.
Reforms on Many Fronts Have Given a Hand Up to Help the Poorest Among Us
Poverty continues to be a challenge that faces states across the nation. Both nationally and in the Buckeye State, approximately 14 percent of the population lives in poverty. Addressing this challenge requires promoting opportunity, and Governor John. Kasich has aggressively worked to tackle reforms that will help Ohioans reach their full potential and help those most in need. These reforms have gone a long way towards helping the poverty rate continue to go down throughout the Kasich Administration. Since 2011, Ohio's poverty rate has dropped from 16.4 percent to 14.6 percent.
Gov. Kasich believes that the best anti-poverty program is a job. There are so many problems that are solved simply by getting and keeping a job. It restores personal confidence, strengthens the family and contributes to a more meaningful life. Economic growth is not an end unto itself. Economic growth provides the means to lift people up and out of the shadows and create real opportunity for success – to realize the American dream. Since Gov. Kasich took office, Ohio has provided $5 billion in tax relief and improved Ohio's economic climate with more than 550,000 new private-sector jobs.
Under Gov. Kasich's leadership, Ohio leads the nation in taking a common sense approach to restoring Ohio citizens who made a mistake in their past and are eager to live their lives as hard-working, contributing members of the community. Ohio's recidivism rate is 30.7 percent.
Ohio has made great strides in reforming education and keeping kids excited about learning. Under Gov. Kasich's leadership, Ohio is investing record funding for K-12 education to help ensure that schools have the resources to succeed. Ohio is now identifying and reaching out to the most at-risk kids and has given school districts the ability to craft unique plans for these students that chart a path to their high school diploma.
Ohio's Medicaid reforms over the past five years have been recognized nationally for helping to reduce costs, improve health outcomes, and improve care coordination. When Gov. Kasich took office in 2011, Ohio Medicaid was growing at an unsustainable rate, more than 10 percent annually. Through an aggressive package of reforms, under Gov. Kasich's leadership annual program growth slowed from 8.9 percent (2009-2011) to less than two percent by the end of the Administration. Ohio's reforms in Medicaid made it possible to extend coverage to 700,000 lower-income residents. Extending coverage has helped keep working Ohioans in jobs and create a ladder up and out of public assistance for low- income residents.
Gov. Kasich has made it a priority to help the most vulnerable citizens.
Ohio Is Now on the Leading Edge of States in Fighting the Challenges of Drug Abuse and Addiction
Governor John R. Kasich worked aggressively to develop the nation's most comprehensive approach to fighting drug abuse and addiction — a community-centered plan of action based on four strategic pillars: Treatment, Prevention, Education and tougher, more effective Enforcement that's aimed at the drug traffickers and pill-mill operators who are injecting this poison into our communities. As a result of this work, prescription opioid deaths are at seven-year lows, opioid prescriptions have been reduced by almost 30 percent, doctor shopping has nearly been eliminated and Ohio is seeing record drug interdiction.
Record Investments and Innovation Provide the Systems and Services Businesses Need to Succeed
In a state that grows things and makes things we must also be able to move things – quickly, cheaply and safely. Governor John R. Kasich knew that improving Ohio's transportation network and other public infrastructure was essential to creating a jobs-friendly business climate and ensuring public safety. But that goal was not without challenges. When Gov. Kasich took office in 2011, Ohio had a $1.6 billion deficit in its highway construction budget and key projects were on a wait-list that was up to 20 years long.
Helping Ohio Veterans to Find Post-Military Jobs and Complete Their Education Has Been a Priority
Veterans often have advanced training in many of the skills that Ohio job creators are seeking, yet face challenges putting those skills to work in civilian life. Reforms championed by Governor John R. Kasich make it easier for veterans to transfer their skills to receive academic and licensure credit so they can quickly begin applying their skills in good-paying jobs that support their families, and their communities. The results not only benefit veterans, but also Ohio job creators who require the skilled and highly motivated workforce our veterans can provide.
Expansion and Modernization of the State’s Medicaid Program Has Benefitted Millions of Ohioans
Under the leadership of Governor John R. Kasich, Ohio’s efforts since 2011 to modernize Medicaid have been recognized
nationally for reducing costs, enhancing care coordination and improving health outcomes. As a result, Ohio Medicaid has
been able to provide quality health care to approximately three million individuals while at the same time reducing the cost
for taxpayers, increasing efficiency, ensuring the program’s fiscal stability and contributing to important initiatives that can
improve the health of all Ohioans.
Eight years ago, Ohio effectively repealed its fee-for-service Medicaid program and replaced it with private sector managed
care plans. With nearly 90 percent of those now enrolled in Medicaid receiving their services through a managed care plan,
Ohio Medicaid has been able to promote person-centered, coordinated care and align payments with the quality of services
provided. Annual program growth has slowed from 8.9 percent (2009-2011) to 3.3 percent (2012-2013). These savings and
program efficiencies made it possible for the state to responsibly extend Medicaid coverage in 2014 to an additional
700,000 low-income Ohioans. A comprehensive assessment of Ohio expansion enrollees in 2018 found:
The Kasich Administration achieved these results – better care and the lowest uninsured rate in Ohio history – while holding
per-person Medicaid spending growth below two percent in each of the past four state fiscal years.