John Kasich Signs Taxpayer Protection Plan
As you can see in this old YouTube web ad I made in 2006, Gov. Ted Strickland made it clear that he had no interest in signing a “no new taxes” pledge. And after a 4.2% state income tax hike that you had to pay at the end of 2009 AFTER your deductions were probably already taken out of your pay, billions of dollars in fee increases, endless spending mandates tied to one-time Federal stimulus dollars, we now know why.
But it looks like John Kasich, much like Governor Christie in New Jersey, is promising to be an adult and clean up after the big-government liberal children in Columbus. To make this sort of promise in the face of at least an $8 billion dollar deficit is a BIG deal, and it starts to paint the picture of the dramatic choices between a pro-growth Kasich and a status quo Strickland:
Former U.S. House Budget Committee Chair John Kasich, a Republican running for Governor of Ohio, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge is a commitment to the taxpayers of Ohio to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”
To date, 13 incumbent Ohio state legislators have signed the Pledge. Additionally, every Republican member of Ohio’s U.S. House delegation has taken the Pledge. Nationally, nine governors and over 1,100 state legislators nationwide have signed.
“Ohio residents need leaders committed to pulling Ohio out of the economic rut created by a perpetual tax-and-spend culture in Columbus. John Kasich was a true leader in Congress when he wrote the first balanced budget in decades. I commend him for reaffirming his commitment to the taxpayers of Ohio as a candidate for Governor,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
“Ohio’s unemployment has doubled under Ted Strickland as its economy has stagnated, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. His answer to Ohio’s overspending problem was a crippling $844 million tax increase. John Kasich offers a fresh alternative for Ohioans struggling to survive in the Strickland economy.”
“I applaud John for his leadership and dedication to the ideals of limited government, as well as for putting the interest of the people ahead of the government’s desire for endless spending,” added Norquist. “I strongly encourage every candidate in Ohio and in elected offices throughout the country to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”
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