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-- out newly minted Ohio governor John -- it plans to tackle his State's budget gap by.
Going after the public employee unions doing away with collective bargaining laws and other tactics I spoke to earlier today and asked him what's on the top of his very aggressive.
Now it's jobs all the time I mean it's it.
We have to put Ohio in a position of where -- become very competitive with all the other states in the country and frankly we live in a global environment.
We need to make sure that we can compete with anybody around the world and we have a lot of work to do on that but I I think we're off to a good start -- how do you plan to do that -- we hear a lot of speeches from both -- the out you know jobs -- most important number one.
Nothing -- -- how you gonna do it.
Well first of all you know I was the chief architect of the nine B seven balanced budget agreement -- gave us incredible amount of prosperity.
You know it gets down to some simple things first of all you need to balance the budget and then we're cutting taxes -- here we have a tax cut that went into place on January 1 we will preserve it.
We will -- balance the budget and we will do it with a reform oriented restructuring attitude number one number two.
Regulatory reform I have now signed an executive border where my lieutenant governor will run basically is.
They -- in Kansas the office of the repeal or we're gonna get rid of silly rules and regulations involve the big.
The of the chambers of commerce to small business community and all of my -- -- directors no number one it is jobs so therefore eliminate regulations to.
We need to be able to train our people we need to be able to retrain our people we're gonna have a huge initiatives in terms of job training.
Fourthly we need to be responsive.
You know our our government's gotten clunky so we wanna -- -- department a development that that is able to morph into a not for profit operation filled with businesspeople who can speak to business people.
And a lot of that is the attitude -- the person at the top.
You know I'm very committed to creating -- you know businesses open environment in the state of Ohio.
So whether it's training whether it's education whether it's reform of health care that can lead to lower costs.
Whether it's a focus on now on energy in -- in a forward looking way but in -- way that can also reduce costs reducing taxes repealing regulation.
If that doesn't work.
Then all the things I believe then then it opened just -- go by the wayside but I've been there it works and it won't work again.
-- we follow the money on follow the money and what we always seem to find is that the pensions are just a huge a massive drain on state budget should look at California.
You look at Illinois just this week -- went -- past the 66%.
Increase in taxes just to close a budget gap.
You're not doing that you -- sound like you're you're cutting taxes are you going after the pensions.
Well I mean first of all there'll be reform.
You know with our public employees we will try to create greater equity between our private sector employees and our public sector employees.
We will spend time looking at our pensions I've talked a legislative leaders about doing it fortunately.
Of the five or six systems that we have in place there's only two at least at this point that looked to be in.
Dire shape we're gonna take our time but there will be changes in the benefits that affect.
Affect our public employees and we will have very significant reform on on collective bargaining in the state of Ohio that that pushes higher costs on city schools and -- -- -- look at this the Dayton daily news yesterday Ohio AFL CIO president -- if resigns.
The -- -- this -- school buildings chief.
Resigns both Democrats I assume and I assume the resigning because they see something coming down the -- that they don't want to deal with is that right.
Well the school facilities a manager with somebody that was imposing things on the school districts that that I didn't like he understood that in.
-- we're gonna get away from that look you know we have these things called prevailing wage.
And we've exempted schools but some schools found themselves caught back in that again if you look at prevailing wage for examples -- -- higher education I've had people to build dormitories and have told me.
They -- you would eliminate that prevailing wage provision you know they can build dorms for thirty to 40% less mean.
But why don't we do -- politics if we get rid of the politics we can lower the costs and that's what we ought to think about governor let's go to the jobs you talked about -- -- at the top of this interview he said -- open for business but -- recently went to Detroit speak to be the Big Three to look to bring some of that 400000.
Jobs that have left Ohio over the last couple years from the auto industry -- begin to get those jobs back.
Well I mean first of all they were very pleased to see me up there two days after the inauguration.
I took are you never a couple of our university presidents who have had -- working relationships with the auto industry I had a businessman with me I had my new.
Director of development who comes from the Silicon Valley and has been a business person all his life I have my director of policy and I was there to tell them.
We're open for business give us a list of the things that have gotten in your way.
Give us a short term and -- intermediate term and a long term plan as to how Ohio because of the ability of the people here.
To have the talents to make things how we did we can be better in this game and so.
A good first step I think they were very pleased but you know it actions speak louder than words and hopefully when we get their -- will move -- expeditiously.
To improve the environment and our state.
Tom -- -- like you said there or you're there please remotely please -- -- what are they gonna do what they gonna send down.
I don't know where some odd jobs they've got -- whether -- a farm out jobs from Michigan to Ohio how I mean look first of all we have to keep the jobs we have and as you know -- auto when the auto industry makes plans they don't make them overnight there it's a long term planning process.
And you want to make sure you don't get blind sided because once those decisions are made you're not gonna reverse them their business decisions based on bottom line profits and jobs.
So -- the number one open up the avenue of communication be responsive to them.
Help them with the regulatory problems help them with their training issues I mean there's a whole series of things you can do.
To make life easier for them so they can get a bottom line we can create jobs and keep the jobs we have all right Ohio governor John -- he's going to reduce regulation reduce taxes and go after being did you sounds are.
Like a follow the money -- the governor appreciate your time good luck thank you sir very much.
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