Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Senate President Niehaus on Kasich's First 100 Days

(Columbus) - Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond) issued the following statement today regarding Governor John Kasich's first 100 days in office:

"Ohioans have made it clear that they want us to focus on creating and saving jobs, while getting the cost of government under control.  That has been the driving force of our agenda in these first 100 days, and we continue to work every day with Governor Kasich and his administration to build on those priorities.  I'm proud of the leadership role the Senate played in the successful passage of the Governor’s innovative JobsOhio program.  We were able to deliver the bill with overwhelming bipartisan support from 31 of our 33 members.  We also crossed party lines to win approval for new tax incentives that kept thousands of jobs from leaving Ohio, as well as legislation designed to break through Ohio’s job-killing regulatory barriers.

Ohioans certainly realize by now that nothing we do this year will be easy, and some of it will be unpopular, if not downright painful.  We’ve been presented with some of the biggest challenges in state history.  Fortunately, we've had a strong, collaborative working relationship with Governor Kasich and Speaker Batchelder that's focused on doing what’s right for Ohio.  I look forward to what we can accomplish together in the next 100 days."