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Governing Ohio: A Conversation with John Kasich

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Ohio Governor John Kasich joined me on yesterday’s show, and he was in a great mood before the Cavs got #1 and #4 in the NBA draft. Read the whole transcript for a lesson on how to communicate well from the political front lines, but here’s the key graph:

HH: So I started to dig into it, and I see that American Greetings Corporation, which is already in Brooklyn, Ohio, but they had a chance to leave, they recommitted to the state. You had to work out a deal with them in March to give them a package of about $100 million bucks over 15 years. But that’s the open for business sign, isn’t it, Governor?

JK: Well, it’s our return on investment is positive for the state. I mean, when you take a look at payroll taxes paid by the company, the employees and all that, it’s what we call ROI positive. We did the same thing for Diebold, we helped Goodyear, and we have a package for Bob Evans, because they were thinking, you know, maybe put the headquarters in Texas. All those things are return on investment positive for the state of Ohio. Plus, you know, we’ve got a ton of other things going on. And all that put together means we’re on the right track. Instead of picking up the paper and reading another group is leaving, and we’re going to have some that are going to leave, just because of basic economics. But we’re winning our share now.

That’s what governors have to do: create the conditions for employers to stay and expand or start new businesses with new jobs. Kasich gets that, and as a result, Ohio is getting the jobs and investment.

Memo to President Obama: It is about creating jobs, not having your appointees conduct witch-hunts as they are vis-a-vis Boeing in South Carolina.


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