Well it’s official. All of the big companies Kasich said were threatening to leave Ohio have now starting laying off Ohioans after receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives.
It started back in February with American Greetings. After receiving roughly $93.5 million in aid, and rewarding their CEO with a huge raise, American Greetings announced it would begin laying off Ohioans as part of the “overall strategic focus of the company.”
Diebold was next. Kasich helped organize a package of state and local incentives totaling $100 million for Diebold, including $56 million from the State. And in mid-April we found out Diebold was shipping 200 Ohio jobs to India, and their total workforce in Ohio had already dropped by another 200.
And yesterday we heard Bob Evans is now planning to eliminate over 100 jobs in Ohio, sending them to Texas, after Kasich gave the company $8 Million to move their corporate headquarters a few miles down the road.
If you’re keeping track, that’s over $200 million dollars given to these three companies, all of which have started laying off people in Ohio and shipping jobs to other states and countries.
We know John Kasich likes to think of himself as a big picture guy making big money deals with big companies. The deal maker and chief. The CEO of Ohio. Unfortunately for Ohio and Ohioans, those deals only seem to benefit the companies and not the state. John Kasich is giving away hundreds of millions of dollars to companies like Diebold, Bob Evans and American Greetings, and these companies are laying off Ohioans.
If John Kasich WAS Ohio’s CEO, the stock holders would be furious.