Will it be a New-Economy for Ohio or Old-Economy? Will Ohio, with its high unemployment and poverty levels, begin to prosper under the economic policy changes from Governor John Kasich? More
Forward to The Disaster Called Ohio
The economic fortunes of Ohioans since 1979 can be described as a steady, downward slide to a point where per capita income levels hover in the lower one-third of the nation. Past Ohio governors ignored statistics or instituted weak policies to reverse the trend. Ohio now has one of the highest unemployment rates and poverty levels and faces a bleak future. In 2010, John Kasich became governor with the promise of being the jobs governor. To accomplish that, he vowed to privatize the economic development department, calling it JobsOhio, and allow the private sector job growth to be determined by a private sector entity with a venture capitalist from California as its leader. However, despite having removed development from the public sector, he has created a superstructure of politicians and political organizations around JobsOhio. With $100 million in startup funding from state liquor profits, can enough jobs be created to save the people of Ohio? The Disaster Called Ohio takes a critical look at the policies of the past ten years, the focus on job creation, the organizations and people in place for job creation, the ideas, efforts and performance, the realities of the $700 million Third Frontier superfund and the new job creation infrastructure going forward. Mainly, Disaster puts forth the fallacies of the new programs and suggests the proper way for the State of Ohio to proceed with job creation. Disaster is a stark critique; yet, it puts forth fresh ideas on job creation, austerity, creating billion dollar revenue streams, and life enhancement.