John Kasich came into office promising to “move at the speed of business” to increase investment in Ohio and help bring back jobs lost as a result of the national recession.

As part of his highly touted economic development efforts Kasich has so far managed to spend millions of state dollars to keep two Ohio-based companies in Ohio – companies who were never really considering leaving the state – companies who weren’t even planning on expanding their operations.

Meanwhile billions of dollars of new investment has been ready to flow into Ohio, money that would create thousands of decent-paying jobs (the salaries are much higher than Bob Evans), but it has been delayed while John Kasich sits on his hands.

According to the PD, investors are getting pissed off.

While Kasich has been pushing to give state money to Bob Evans to help move their headquarters across town, new investment in Ohio’s casinos, and the thousands of jobs they would create, has stalled and investors directly blame our new “jobs” Governor.

Matt Cullen, president and chief operating officer of Rock Gaming has been trying to close financing deals for over ONE BILLION DOLLARS of construction but the lenders have told him Kasich’s inaction makes them leery of lending.

Matt Cullen, president and chief operating officer of Dan Gilbert’s casino company, Rock Gaming.
“The lenders have said, ‘We love you guys. We love these projects,’ ” Cullen said. “But we don’t understand the noise coming out of Columbus. What does it mean

“It’s becoming a real problem for us,” he said. “It doesn’t work – we have to have certainty around these projects or we can’t embark on the process.”

Kasich’s official response on the matter just confirms the investors’ fears:

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the governor will not make the decision about fees and taxes until he hires a gaming expert to advise state officials on their options, so that the industry succeeds in Ohio.

Kasich came into office promising to be the jobs governor and promising to bring the full power of the private sector to the Statehouse in order to solve all of Ohio’s economic woes.

Meanwhile billions of dollars of investment is being delayed because Kasich can’t find a gambling expert? All those years at Lehman and he can’t find anyone who knows anything about the gaming industry?

Maybe his jobs guru Marc Kvamme should be spending his free time looking for a casino expert instead of riding around on motorcycles. I guess you get what you pay for.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “Speed of Business” my ass.

Evangelize!
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  • Adrienne

    Thanks for the information.

  • Tpiteo65

    this quote says it all: “Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the governor will not make the decision about fees and taxes UNTILL HE HIRES a gaming expert to advise state officials on their options, so that the industry succeeds in Ohio”. His Majesty King Johnny needs to find work for another of his wall street buddies. its not about jobs or investment in Ohio, its about how he and how many of his friends can rape and pillage ohio.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently Kasich can’t “hire” an expert until he sees which one offers him “the best deal”.

    Meanwhile Kvamme will probably try to file a worker’s comp claim for his hospital treatment.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Speaking of jobs — it is rumored today that Robert Boehner ( John Boehners brother) is getting a position at the Artimis center in southern Ohio.Artimis runs the travel signs on highways.
    Can you check this out ? If its true no job was posted?( that the state sites reveal )
    thx

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    apparently he was hired — odd isnt it they would hire a administrative assistant 2 for a agency thats suppose to be closing and moving. I smell old fish here !!
    mirrors and smoke — magic wand and poof a job appears — depending on who you are of course

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