Tagged: John Kasich

Debate heats up over Kasich’s Medicaid plan

Ohio Governor John Kasich’s controversial decision to support expanded Medicaid coverage has been widely publicized, but as House Republicans prepare to debate his proposal this week, the issue is gaining even more attention in the state legislature. Kasich, known for his commitment to the GOP’s usual fiscally conservative policy, was criticized by Keith Faber, president of the Ohio Senate, last week. Faber told the Columbus Dispatch that the “disabled and mental health component would be desirable to fix” and that Kasich’s expansion plan “doesn’t give us the flexibility to target those populations that might work better than just flat-out Medicaid.”...

Kasich aims for higher performance in schools with new legislation

Last summer, Ohio Gov. John Kasich endorsed a funding plan for Cleveland schools developed by the city’s Mayor, Frank Jackson. The Cleveland plan, a necessary jump start to a district listed 608 out of 611 Ohio school systems in academic performance, was written into law as House Bill 525. The governor was a large proponent of HB-525 while it passed through the legislature. Now Kasich has expressed his intent to take at least part of the Cleveland plan statewide. Under his developing school-funding formula, Kasich aims to give Ohio schools the option to tie teacher salaries more closely to performance...

Assault Case Underway for Accused Teacher

A Nelsonville-York elementary school gym teacher accused of hitting one of his students pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault in Athens County Municipal Court on Jan. 9. Anthony C. Mollica, 54, was scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 9 to answer the assault charge. But his attorney, K. Robert Toy, instead submitted a not-guilty plea on Mollica’s behalf, according to court records. The incident under investigation took place Dec. 12, when Mollica was reported having struck a 7-year-old female student at the end of one of his gym classes, leaving red marks on her side. This...

New Bill Proposes Mandated Coverage for Autism

With autism steadily on the rise amongst Ohioans, the state legislature is pushing for a pair of mandates that would require insurance companies to provide coverage for the disease. This effort comes in the wake of a 2009 initiative that failed to expand Ohio’s current mental health insurance statues after it stalled out in the Republican controlled Senate. However, this time the two bills, HB-598 and SB-381, are seeing strong support from Republicans as well as Democrats, due in part to the greater toll autism has placed on public institutions. The Ohio Department of Education claims to spend more than...

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Kasich, University Presidents Collaborate to Help Determine State Funding

Ohio Governor John Kasich can’t seem to figure out a way to fund statewide universities properly and now he’s enlisting the leaders of them to try and give him a hand. In a press conference last week, Kasich, along with Ohio University President Roderick McDavis, announced a new plan that would form committee of eight various university presidents to help figure out a new method in distributing state aid. “We all know we can do better on graduation rates,” Kasich said. “First and foremost is, we’ve got to get people graduated and we have to get their skills matched with...

Kasich, Obama Battle Over Ohio Jobs

At last week’s Republican National Convention, Ohio Governor John Kasich said that over 122,000 jobs had been created and over $500 million had been added to Ohio’s rainy day fund since he took office. President Obama and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland weren’t so sure this was the case. “Now, I guess the theory was that it’s all the governor’s doing,” Obama said, in a speech to members of the United Auto Workers in Toledo, Ohio last week. “But I think we need to refresh his memory — because a lot of those jobs are autoworker jobs like yours.” Obama added on to...

Veterans Could Receive Academic Credit with New Bill

During a Memorial Day visit to Mt. Pleasant in Jefferson County, State Senator Lou Gentile was approached by a grandmother of a young veteran, asking the Senator to help her grandson find a job. Three months later, Gentile is trying to see that this request doesn’t go unnoticed. SB 362, also known as the Ohio Veterans Opportunity Act, would ensure veterans who applied to a state university or community college receive some form of academic credit. “[My office and I] got the wheels turning, did some research, and we decided that in recognizing a lot of these veterans who are...

‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment Has Serious Consequences for GOP

Hundreds of blogs and even a Family Guy skit based on Missouri Congressman Todd Akin’s statement on what he calls “legitimate rape” have popped up over the last few weeks. “It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist, and not attacking the child.” Yet, the implications...

Opinion: Debate, Cooperation Needed to Fix America

As a college student, I often use Facebook to stay connected to friends, family and the occasional enemy, yet I have noticed a trend when it comes to Facebook, and social media in general:  the incorporation of politics into daily posts. I feel as if I cannot go a day without seeing a political post on Facebook, bashing one side of the aisle or the other, or sometimes both. With congressional approval at an all time low, and the slowest economic recession this country has seen since the great depression, is this trend a good thing? I contend that it...

Kasich, Portman Address GOP in Tampa

This week began the Republican National Convention (RNC) where Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan, Governor John Kasich, Senator Rob Portman and many other Republican representatives attended to hear and give speeches. An important topic of discussion covered was the progress of Republicans in the 2012 race. The Obama campaign has been hard-hitting with ads, spending twice as much as the Romney campaign. During the convention, Kasich told what he called “Ohio’s story,” addressing mostly his accomplishments during his term, including his feats in Ohio’s economy and the balancing of the state budget. “You know how we...