It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Here are five reasons why Kasich has been bad for working people:
1. Kasich signed S.B. 5, which limited the ability of public employees to collectively bargain for better working conditions. If Kasich is re-elected, he is very likely to sign "right to work" legislation if and when it comes to his desk. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/3/11; Cleveland.com, 2/14/14]
2. The purchasing power of the minimum wage has continually declined over time, leaving many families in worse and worse situations. Kasich has repeatedly made it clear that he is "concerned" about raising the minimum wage. [The Columbus Dispatch, 2/14/13]
3. Kasich proposed a plan in 2013 that cut income tax rates by 20%, cut some business tax rates in half and levied sales taxes on goods and services that were previously exempt. The plan raised taxes on the poorest 60% of Ohio residents while the top 1% saw an average tax cut of $10,369. [Think Progress, 2/8/13]
4. As governor, Kasich cut funding for education by $700 million and funding for nursing homes by $340 million. [The Columbus Dispatch, 7/1/11]
5. During difficult economic times, it's hard for working families to balance their jobs with their responsibilities to their families. Kasich doesn't seem to care as he said he opposes government-required paid sick days for workers. [National Federation of Independent Business Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire 2010, accessed 2/3/14]
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