John Kasich released a new version of his staff budget tonight and when I say “new version” I mean “new” compared to the old version that Plunderbund posted last week. The Kasich team would like you to believe this is the first version of the budget and that they released it because they are greatly concerned about openness and transparency.

The fact is: they were forced to release this document in response to our post last week.

The big story of today is not that Kasich is keeping his staff salary and the staff count under that of Strickland’s. The big story of today is that three days after taking office John Kasich is already going on the defensive against Plunderbund.

You’re welcome.

The second biggest story of today, then, has to be how he managed to keep his budget in check.

As we reported earlier in the week, Kasich had already added a new position (Cabinet Secretary) to his staff since we published the first list. And we guessed that the position would be paid for by cutting other salaries – which turns out to be exactly what happened. He also eliminated a position.

The position he eliminated was a project manager in his Faith Based office. This takes the total number of positions in the office of faith based initiatives down to four. Strickland had six by the way.

Not surprisingly, the people who had their salaries cut to help pay for the new Cabinet Secretary were not Jai Chabria or Beth Hansen or any of Kasich’s pals. They were the people at the bottom of the pay scale.

So while Jai Chabria continues to make $145K for a made up position of Special Assistant, Cassandra Cartier, an administrative assistant, had her salary cut from $35K to $30K a year. Ann Brubaker, the receptionist, had her salary cut from $33K to $32K per year.

And Maggie Toal, an administrative assistant whose name showed up on our original list making $35K/year has had her salary cut down to $23K! That’s a THIRTY-FIVE PERCENT PAY CUT in one week. Jai would never have noticed the missing $12K but this woman just lost over a third of her already meager salary.

During the campaign John Kasich wouldn’t shut up about his blue collar roots. But now that he’s in office he’s ditched that façade and decided to let the world see the heartless elitist we always knew he was.

I’ve published the original and new budgets side by said, along with the salary changes below.

Old vs New Staff Budget

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  • Anonymous

    Kasich’s Communication office issued a nine-page response solely to our story… but there new budget contains one major asterisk:
    “Stafflng levels traditionally fluctuate and could increase or decrease as demands warrants.”

    That statement alone basically concedes that the comparison to Strickland’s budget is a faulty since they could change the budget once they seems to be a story. As evidenced by the fact that they’ve added a new $90k in a week. It takes only two or three positions and they could see a larger budget than Strickland’s… which is remarkable since they eliminated eight positions.

    Also noticed the number of unfilled positions that have already gotten a raise in a week.

  • Anonymous

    Kasich’s Communication office issued a nine-page response solely to our story… but there new budget contains one major asterisk:
    “Stafflng levels traditionally fluctuate and could increase or decrease as demands warrants.”

    That statement alone basically concedes that the comparison to Strickland’s budget is a faulty since they could change the budget once they seems to be a story. As evidenced by the fact that they’ve added a new $90k in a week. It takes only two or three positions and they could see a larger budget than Strickland’s… which is remarkable since they eliminated eight positions.

    Also noticed the number of unfilled positions that have already gotten a raise in a week.

  • Anonymous

    They also left off the new CSI organization that was created in their first Executive Order, headed by Mary Taylor. Wonder if they will bury those payrolls at the Dept of Insurance?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, we just wrote a post on it. Good catch!

  • Anonymous

    Kind of telling that they released this during last night’s national memorial service, huh?

  • http://twitter.com/MichaeltheG1 Michael Goff

    Hmmm, if Kasich is serious about Stimulating Ohio’s economy then he is already doing it ass-backwards. Individuals who make less than 42K a year spend a substantially higher percentage of their wages on consumables and living expenses than do those in the next tier. Meaning, well, THEY SPEND MONEY THAT OTHERWISE JUST SITS. Money that buys things made here, serviced here, and perhaps more to his administrations benefit, are taxed here. What a schmuck.

  • Anastasjoy

    Come on, stop the unseemly self-back-patting. You know this was released in response to the hard-hitting criticism from the Cleveland Plain Dealer which …. oh oops, sorry. It only criticizes DEMOCRATS.

  • Anonymous

    i thought so too. it definitely got lost in the twitterstream, but fortunately newspapers are still on a next-morning news cycle.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    RobinHood took from the rich and gave to the poor
    Kasich takes from the poor and gives to the rich
    So whats the opposite of RobinHood?
    The republican party…………………..;-)
    ((no wonder RobinHood lived in the forrest– Kasich sold off the town square and gave Sherif Nottingham $170,000 to privitize the general store, bakery,and livery stable and John Boehner wept because the people demanded health care and unemployment benefits ))

  • Anonymous

    That really made me chuckle. Thanks, Anastasia.

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