After passing a budget that cuts tens of millions from local governments, schools, nursing homes and other crucial services, Gov. Kasich “nonchalantly” hands out $2 million suggesting the money may need to come from Ohio’s Rainy Day Fund. Remember Governor as you said yesterday, “It’s not mine, it’s the taxpayers.” Excerpts of the Plain Dealer article follow:
“Gov. John Kasich… spent $2 million so calmly and nonchalantly you would have thought he was just handing over $2.
“While touring a research laboratory at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus the governor asked the hospital’s CEO Dr. Steve Allen what it would take for all six Ohio children’s hospitals to work more collaboratively…
“’Does $1 million get your attention?’ the straight-faced Republican governor asked Allen…
“The stunned hospital administrator smiled broadly and said yes while Kasich’s staffers looked surprised by the governor’s offer…
“Kasich then upped his offer, negotiating against himself, to $2 million. He then turned to State Rep. Anne Gonzales, a suburban Columbus Republican, who was also taking the tour, and told her that he may need to snatch the money from the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund, the so-called rainy day fund.
“He would need legislative approval to take rainy day cash. Gonzales said Kasich had her vote.
“’I’ll give you a couple million,’ Kasich said, brokering a deal before a small throng of television cameras, reporters and hospital workers in a small research office. ‘But you’ve got to share it. It’s not mine, it’s the taxpayers.’
“Kasich spent the money in about 60 seconds while calling for one of his staffers to get his budget director Tim Keen on the phone. Keen was nowhere to be found. He’s vacationing with his family and didn’t answer. The governor joked later that he better let his budget director know what he had just done.
Read the full article here.