After appearing in lockstep with the GOP-controlled legislature throughout much of his term, Republican Gov. John Kasich recently has run afoul of some key party allies over the cornerstones of his budget: taxes, health care and schools.
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Ups and downs
Gov. John Kasich’s approval numbers rose dramatically as the economy improved, but in recent months he has had some major disagreements with key members of his party.
Feb. 18, 2011: Kasich signs a bill creating JobsOhio, a private economic development non-profit.
March 31, 2011: Kasich signs into law Senate Bill 5, which reduces the collective bargaining rights of Ohio’s public unions.
June 30, 2011: Kasich signs his first budget bill, which eliminates the estate tax, overhauls Medicaid, sells a prison to a private company and preserves a $800 million tax cut.
July 20, 2011: Kasich’s approval rating is 35 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.
Nov. 8, 2011: Voters overwhelmingly reject Senate Bill 5 by a 63-37 margin.
June 2012: Kasich signs bills containing reforms he suggested as part of the first “mid-biennium budget review:” reforms to Medicaid and state agencies, education reforms featuring the third-grade reading guarantee and energy regulations.
Aug. 15, 2012: A Public Policy Polling survey shows Ohioans are evenly split over Kasich, with 41 percent approving and 41 percent disapproving.
January 2013: Ohio’s unemployment rate at 7 percent, down from 9.4 percent when Kasich took office.
February 2013: Kasich unveils his 2013-2014 budget, which includes tax swap proposal, tax hike on natural gas and oil companies, overhaul of public education formulas and expansion of Medicaid.
Feb. 28, 2013: Kasich’s approval rating in Quinnipiac poll hits all-time high of 53 percent.
March 6, 2013: Republican Ohio Auditor Dave Yost issues a court order for JobsOhio’s financial records as he spars with Kasich over the non-profit’s transparency.
April 9, 2013: In their own budget bill, House Republicans strip out most of Kasich’s major proposals, including Medicaid and sales tax expansions.