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00:00:58SPEAKER BATCHELDER: It is my privilege today to introduce to this group
00:01:04someone who needs no introduction, the President of the Ohio Senate.
00:01:35PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: Thank you.
00:01:38Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
00:01:39Thank you for inviting us to your House.
00:01:41The members of the House and Senate will now
00:01:44assemble and take their seats.
00:01:48Is there a quorum of the Senate present?
00:01:51The Chair recognizes the leader of the Senate, Senator Cates.
00:01:55SENATOR CATES: Mr. President, a quorum of the Senate is present.
00:01:59PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: Is there a quorum of the House present?
00:02:01The Chair recognizes Speaker Pro Tem, Representative Blessing.
00:02:05REPRESENTATIVE BLESSING: Mr. President, a quorum
00:02:06of the House is present.
00:02:08PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: With a quorum of the 129th General Assembly being
00:02:10present, the joint convention will come to order.
00:02:15Please stand for the presentation of the colors by the Air Force ROTC
00:02:20Detachment No. 643 from Wright State University
00:02:24and the surrounding Dayton colleges and universities
00:02:27and remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
00:03:19(Pledge of allegiance.)
00:04:08PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: Please be seated.
00:04:18Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce the
00:04:21Governor of the State of Ohio, Governor John Kasich.
00:07:14PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: Ladies and gentlemen,
00:07:15I am pleased to present Governor John Kasich.
00:07:42GOVERNOR KASICH: Well, first of all, I don't want to screw
00:07:46this up, my wife Karen Kasich is in the gallery.
00:07:49Could you recognize her, please?
00:08:01I know you all wonder how I caught her.
00:08:03I wonder about it sometimes also.
00:08:06You know, the other thing is the days have kind of ticked along.
00:08:12Some of the early -- some of the early wanderlust was kind of
00:08:16disappearing, but walking down this aisle today and seeing my old buddy
00:08:21Paul Pfeifer -- he sat right behind me when I was a member of the Ohio
00:08:24Senate -- just takes me back so many years ago.
00:08:311975 was the first time I ever walked into this State Capital.
00:08:35I worked over in the State Senate as an aide.
00:08:38I see Karen Gillmor, I worked for her husband.
00:08:41And, you know, to just come here today and walk and be standing up
00:08:45here, I've got a message for you, for every one of you,
00:08:48anything's possible.
00:08:51You know, Ohio is a great place.
00:08:53And it's -- frankly, I'm a little taken aback at moments like this,
00:08:58but, frankly, I think I was put here for a good reason.
00:09:01And I thank the Lord for the blessings that he's given me throughout my
00:09:04lifetime, and I thank the Lord for the members of this General Assembly.
00:09:09The state of the State and the future of Ohio is in our hands.
00:09:15And I believe it is up to us as we reach a crossroads to decide if we
00:09:19will have the courage, if we will have the vision, if we will have the
00:09:25determination to make sure that our great state has renewed strength in
00:09:30this 21st Century, renewed strength.
00:09:34Many of you here today have been hungry to do something.
00:09:38Let us not let this opportunity pass to strengthen Ohio
00:09:42in this 21st Century.
00:09:44The enemy in Ohio right now is joblessness.
00:09:48The enemy in Ohio right now is poverty.
00:09:52And it is up to all of us to work together to defeat that enemy.
00:09:56Are you ready to defeat poverty and homelessness in Ohio?
00:10:12Before we begin to talk about what we need to do, I need
00:10:15to spend a little bit of time and talk about the problems
00:10:18we have in this state.
00:10:21We have to recognize the difficulty we have before we understand the
00:10:26challenge and why we need to meet the challenge of our difficulties.
00:10:31Folks, we've lost 600,000 jobs in the last 10 years.
00:10:39Let's think about this: Only California, which has completely lost its
00:10:44way, and Michigan, which has been devastated by the auto industry,
00:10:50have lost more jobs.
00:10:53Only California and Michigan have fared worse than
00:10:56our beloved Buckeye State.
00:10:59And, of course, we've lost more than 400,000 jobs
00:11:03over these last four years.
00:11:06Things have been accelerating.
00:11:08As a result, we have experienced unacceptable levels
00:11:13of poverty and homelessness.
00:11:17I can remember during the campaign going to Ashtabula County and
00:11:22having a young girl walk up to me and say,
00:11:24Mister, please don't tax my eggs.
00:11:28I go door to door and this is how I make a living.
00:11:32Please, Mister, don't break my business.
00:11:36You don't forget that.
00:11:38Young people, you know, our kids and our grandkids are leaving this
00:11:43state for better opportunities.
00:11:46One-third of Ohio college graduates are leaving this state within three
00:11:51years of graduating.
00:11:53Our best and our brightest, our seed corn, have decided that they need
00:11:57to go somewhere else to realize their hopes and dreams.
00:12:03That's a terrible situation.
00:12:05Too many of our successful entrepreneurs flee the state
00:12:09to escape high taxation.
00:12:12And what I would say to all of you, Republicans and Democrats alike,
00:12:15you talk to those folks that have moved to Naples
00:12:19and you ask them why they have left.
00:12:22And they will tell you because they get a better deal.
00:12:25They get to keep more of what they have earned in their lifetime.
00:12:29And when they leave, we lose their money.
00:12:33You know, that's one thing.
00:12:35We lose the jobs, we lose their entrepreneurial spirit,
00:12:41we lose their ingenuity.
00:12:44See, they're the ones that can see the future.
00:12:46They're the ones that can take ideas from the back of their head and
00:12:49translate it into something that can change Ohio, change America and
00:12:52change the world, and they've been leaving.
00:12:56And now they take their charitable giving and they give it to a faraway
00:13:00place to maybe build an opera house in Naples, Florida, rather than
00:13:04helping to rebuild the opera house in
00:13:07our small communities across Ohio.
00:13:12You know, I've been to Cleveland a lot lately.
00:13:14I think yesterday was my 10th visit.
00:13:18I love Cleveland because when I'm in Cleveland, I feel -- I feel like I
00:13:22just left McKees Rocks.
00:13:25Cleveland and Youngstown -- people say, why do you go to Youngstown?
00:13:32It's in my blood.
00:13:34My mailman dad and that blue collar McKees Rocks I grew up in is just a
00:13:39stone's throw from Youngstown.
00:13:42Cleveland and Youngstown have lost 50 percent
00:13:44of their population since 1950.
00:13:47Fifty percent of the population of Cleveland and Youngstown gone.
00:13:51And I will take your breath away by telling you that the city where the
00:13:55north meets the south, Cincinnati, has lost 40 percent of its
00:13:59population since 1950.
00:14:03The state of Texas grew faster in five and a half months than Ohio did
00:14:08in the last 10 years.
00:14:10And as a result, we've lost two congressional seats.
00:14:13Two congressional seats.
00:14:15Texas gains four or five.
00:14:19It's like taking a shotgun and blowing a piece of your body out.
00:14:22You lose those congressional seats, you lose your influence, you lose
00:14:25your experience, you lose your voice in a faraway city where they need
00:14:30to hear the voice of Ohio, the voice of the heartland.
00:14:37I'm here to tell you that this trend must be stopped
00:14:41and we're going to do it.
00:14:44We're going to stop this trend with Republicans and Democrats if I have
00:14:48to pull the Democrats across the aisle myself personally.
00:14:51We are going to get this done, Jason.
00:14:54We are going to stop this trend, and we can create a platform for
00:14:58entrepreneurship, teach your kids about entrepreneurship.
00:15:04The ability to be their own boss and to create wealth and be successful
00:15:07and realize their dreams.
00:15:10We can have entrepreneurship and job growth based on the formulas that
00:15:14have made Ohio great in the past and it makes America stronger through
00:15:19every single downturn.
00:15:21And you know what it is: Common sense, hard work, innovation.
00:15:27To my friends here, we cannot tax our way to prosperity.
00:15:34We're one of the highest taxed states in America,
00:15:37and we're not competitive.
00:15:40You get these calls from -- from companies saying we're thinking about
00:15:43going, we can't make a profit here, we can't make the numbers work.
00:15:49Well, Ohio has been under siege and not just from India and China.
00:15:53And, oh, yes, we live in a global world, and they're looking every day
00:15:57to take our simple products and move them overseas.
00:16:01And I want all of you to know that I have told one Chinese delegation
00:16:04after another that we don't like the fact that you manipulate your
00:16:08currency, we do not like the fact that you don't play on a level
00:16:12playing field when you trade with us, and it will stop.
00:16:16And we will be a strong voice in Ohio to make sure we get our fair
00:16:19share, India and China...
00:16:29-- they have us under seige.
00:16:32But, you know, we're also under siege from Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia.
00:16:40Those from Dayton, NC, are gone.
00:16:45An empty building.
00:16:47We're under siege from North Carolina, from Florida, from Texas.
00:16:50They all come inside the boundaries of Ohio and they try to lure
00:16:55away our best and brightest.
00:16:56They take our jobs, sometimes they take our job creators out of our
00:17:02beloved Buckeye State.
00:17:05We're not going to let that continue.
00:17:08We cannot afford to let that continue.
00:17:10But I must also tell my colleagues here today that while I believe we
00:17:14can't tax our way to prosperity, we can't cut our way there either.
00:17:20UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: About time.
00:17:21GOVERNOR KASICH: We cannot cut our way there either.
00:17:24If you examine any successful business, it's absolutely critical that
00:17:30that business controls its costs.
00:17:33Ohio is going to have to control its costs only to set the stage for
00:17:39the creation of new products just like businesses.
00:17:42You see, they control their costs, they create new products, they find
00:17:46new customers, and they develop innovative solutions.
00:17:51And this is what allows the great companies to flourish, whether it is
00:17:55Google or whether it is Yahoo, whether it's Oracle.
00:17:59Every day they think about controlling costs and devising new and
00:18:04exciting ways to solve problems.
00:18:07Google is in the dictionary.
00:18:10I met those guys when they drove in a Volkswagen with their inline
00:18:13skates tied to roof, and they've changed the world.
00:18:20They have changed the world.
00:18:22And the same formula that allows businesses to flourish, it's the same
00:18:26formula that can allow us to build a strong Ohio.
00:18:30Yes, control our costs and begin to innovate.
00:18:34We are putting a budget together that can transform our state.
00:18:42If you've seen a lot of change in these first seven weeks,
00:18:46you ain't seen nothing yet.
00:18:49We are going to transform this state.
00:19:20Thank you.
00:19:27I think I stood a couple times for Bill Clinton
00:19:29in his State of the Union.
00:19:30Maybe I can get him up before the day is over.
00:19:32We'll see.
00:19:35Well, let me tell you, because there's some good things
00:19:37that we've already done.
00:19:38You know, we are going to reform government, okay?
00:19:41It's going to happen.
00:19:43And I'm -- I'm asking you all to keep an open mind about the
00:19:46possibilities of reform because you can't keep doing the same thing in
00:19:50this state and avoiding the decisions that need to be made that have
00:19:54been put off for political reasons, frankly.
00:19:56That's what it's been all about.
00:19:57Too much politics.
00:19:59Too much worrying about ourselves and our party and not enough about
00:20:02the folks that put us in office.
00:20:06We're going to preserve our income tax cut that we got in January
00:20:09because that's going to allow us to be more competitive.
00:20:11We will not be raising taxes in this state.
00:20:33And by the way -- by the way, this has nothing to do with ideology.
00:20:41This has to do with the notion that if we drive our costs up,
00:20:44we can't compete.
00:20:47The higher our costs are, the more opportunity
00:20:49another state has to come in here and offer a better deal,
00:20:54so that's why we can't raise taxes.
00:20:58You know, we're going to have to reduce spending.
00:21:00But what we're going to do is provide the tools to help those with
00:21:03fewer resources to deal with the change.
00:21:07That's what we're trying to do.
00:21:09And everything we're moving forward, it's designed to let you be able
00:21:11to manage your costs and deal with fewer dollars.
00:21:15Because if we can control our spending and begin to innovate as we have
00:21:19started, this will allow us to create a platform for economic growth.
00:21:25We need to restore the incentives for risk- taking.
00:21:30We need to restore entrepreneurship, and most important, spur the
00:21:34creation of jobs in our state.
00:21:36And let me just have you think about this: If you've spent a lifetime
00:21:40building a business, let's say you've built Cardinal Health.
00:21:45You built it from the trunk of your car and you created something that
00:21:49has lifted families and allowed families to educate their kids, and who
00:21:53knows what's happened with those kids, huh?
00:21:56Maybe they're doctors.
00:21:58Maybe they're teachers.
00:21:59Maybe they're policemen and firemen that will
00:22:01run into a building and save somebody.
00:22:04These are people who have been educated.
00:22:06And now when the gentleman that builds that business decides to sell
00:22:09part of that business, if he lives in Ohio, he's paying as much as 22
00:22:14or 23 cents on every dollar he sells.
00:22:18If he lives in some parts of Florida, he's paying 15 percent.
00:22:22Now, where do you think you're going to live?
00:22:25You're going to live where it pays off to honor the work that you did.
00:22:29And I want you to understand that a rising tide of revenue that is
00:22:33created by creating jobs in this state, it helps everybody.
00:22:38It helps our families.
00:22:41It helps our communities.
00:22:43It saves our schools.
00:22:45It helps our hospitals.
00:22:48You see, we can't keep going backwards.
00:22:52We can't keep losing hundreds of thousands in jobs.
00:22:56It just kills our little communities.
00:22:58It sucks the energy out.
00:23:00But if we can get back to a growth agenda where people say, I want to
00:23:03risk-take, I want to invest, I want to put back into the state of Ohio,
00:23:09we'll have a growth agenda.
00:23:12It was John Kennedy that said, "A rising tide lifts all boats." He was
00:23:17right when he said it in 1962.
00:23:20Of course, that's as true today as it was then.
00:23:23But, folks, this budget -- and you're going to get
00:23:26a look at it next Tuesday.
00:23:29This budget deals with an unprecedented $8 billion hole.
00:23:37People say they did a good job.
00:23:40I come to work, I've got an $8 billion hole.
00:23:43Never happened before in Ohio's history.
00:23:46Well, I tell you what, we've been looking at this for a long time and
00:23:50we believe in not just cutting a budget -- oh, there will be cuts, but
00:23:54that's not the way to get there.
00:23:57We believe in restructuring.
00:23:59Restructuring means providing a better product
00:24:03at a lower cost to the taxpayer.
00:24:05We have to do as much restructuring, and I would invite everyone when
00:24:10you see this budget to think about other things, other innovative
00:24:14solutions that can help us to get our job done by providing a better
00:24:19solution at a lower cost.
00:24:21And I want to tell you about a couple of them.
00:24:24And we're -- I can't wait to unveil so much of this next week.
00:24:29If your mom and dad want to stay at home instead of going into a
00:24:33nursing home, we should help make that happen.
00:24:39You get what I'm saying?
00:24:41Mom and dad can stay at home.
00:24:43Instead of going into a nursing home, go and talk to your mom and dad
00:24:46about going in a nursing home sometime.
00:24:50You know what will happen if they can stay at home and get help?
00:24:53They're going to be happier and more comfortable and taxpayers will
00:24:56save a bundle of money.
00:24:58This has been discussed for decades.
00:25:01It is time to get this done.
00:25:18You see, back when I told people -- back when I told people,
00:25:26get on the bus or the bus is going to run you over,
00:25:31this was the message to powerful special interests that change is coming.
00:25:36Work with us. This has not happened because politics was placed first.
00:25:44Oh, and nobody should kid anybody else,
00:25:47this was about a money game.
00:25:49That's why we didn't let mom and dad have the resources necessary to be
00:25:54in their own home rather than a nursing home.
00:25:57We've got to do this together, folks.
00:25:59Republicans and Democrats have long favored sentencing reform.
00:26:05Oh, we didn't get to this because we were afraid also.
00:26:09Forty-seven percent of our inmates sit in our state prisons for less
00:26:15than a year and they sometimes sit next to hardened criminals.
00:26:22It raises the recidivism rate, costs taxpayers a fortune.
00:26:29Again, to everyone who's here, 47 percent of people are in that prison
00:26:35for less than a year and we're sticking them in there next to somebody
00:26:39who's been a hardened criminal, a murderer, or God knows what else.
00:26:45And then they get out and their lives in too many cases are ruined.
00:26:49It doesn't even make any sense.
00:26:52And the reason we haven't changed it is because of fear.
00:26:59Well, Seitz, you didn't work with me on the last bill, but you're
00:27:01going to get some sentencing reform in this budget bill, and...
00:27:16And, Seitz, I have to tell you, if you whine or complain,
00:27:18I'm taking your name off this, okay?
00:27:20It's wiped out.
00:27:22But you know what?
00:27:23We need to restrain them in a setting -- restrain them in a setting
00:27:27that makes sense.
00:27:28We've got to keep the public safe.
00:27:30But think about if we can keep them somewhere where we save money,
00:27:33reduce the recidivism rate and they can be rehabbed
00:27:36and go out and get a job.
00:27:38And by the way, to the Black Caucus, I must tell you, I am deeply,
00:27:43deeply troubled by the issue of some of these felony convictions.
00:27:50I met with a couple members of the Black Caucus, I can't remember who
00:27:53told me this, but there was a gentleman working at the Cleveland Clinic
00:27:57for seven or eight years.
00:27:58Had a spotless record.
00:28:00When he filled out his paperwork, he said he hadn't had
00:28:03a felony conviction.
00:28:04And when they found out, they fired him.
00:28:07You know, we went to bat for this lady in Akron.
00:28:11Charging her with a felony because she's trying to protect her kids and
00:28:14not have kids wandering the streets and have kids that are protected.
00:28:17I've sent it to the parole board.
00:28:20Members of the Legislature, we don't want to ruin people's lives if
00:28:24there is a chance to give them a second chance if it is appropriate,
00:28:28and we have to work through it together.
00:28:31We don't want to wreck somebody forever when it makes no sense.
00:28:36(Applause) Thank you.
00:28:40(Applause) Thank you.
00:28:45(Applause) Thank you.
00:28:51But let's get some friendships going on this one, okay?
00:28:55Let's work this felony thing.
00:28:56I want a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat and I want to
00:28:59end the political nonsense.
00:29:01Let's get together and solve a problem together, okay?
00:29:04That's what I would like to see.
00:29:08I'm also very proud of Ohio's mental health director, Tracy Plouck.
00:29:13This lady is something.
00:29:15She's executing a plan that will reform our mental health system, which
00:29:19means we will not need to build more buildings
00:29:21at the expense of our clients.
00:29:22At the same time, we can reduce operating expenses
00:29:25for the taxpayers of our state.
00:29:27And let me tell you what the story is.
00:29:30There was some sort of an informal commitment to build a building in
00:29:34downtown Cleveland.
00:29:36We have a mental health facility in Northfield, just across the border
00:29:41in Summit County.
00:29:42Tracy came to me and said, we have a current dilapidated facility in
00:29:46Cuyahoga County.
00:29:49We were there all the time, emergency, the building is falling apart.
00:29:53But, John, if you will allow me to take and renovate the Summit -- the
00:29:59Northfield facility in Summit County and not build the building in
00:30:03Cleveland, I will have no need for any capital improvements over the
00:30:08next four years and I can save $4 million a year in operating expenses.
00:30:13And she went up to see the mayor.
00:30:17You know, I know Frank Jackson and I at some point are going to have
00:30:19some big blow-up, but I've got to tell you, he's a terrific man.
00:30:24He's got a great heart.
00:30:26He's an executive.
00:30:28I've taken my kids to see him.
00:30:30I want him to go sled riding down there in Cleveland stadium.
00:30:33He didn't have the guts for that one, but that's okay.
00:30:36But Tracy had to go see the mayor.
00:30:39And I had to call the mayor and say, Mayor, I can't do the building
00:30:44because I've got to put the mentally ill first.
00:30:47The mayor said, I understand, but there's other things that we do for
00:30:51Cleveland because we want to rebuild it.
00:30:55So in this case, we reduce operating expenses, we save money on capital
00:30:59improvements and the people who are mentally ill
00:31:03are better taken care of.
00:31:06We don't do that very often, and we're going to learn from it.
00:31:18Greg Moody -- you know, I don't know how this cabinet ever
00:31:22came together.
00:31:23It's just amazing to me.
00:31:24The guy takes a giant pay cut.
00:31:27His wife's a minister.
00:31:28She said, I know where your heart is, Greg,
00:31:29you've got to go work for him.
00:31:31I'll do double prayers.
00:31:34He's our Director of Health Transformation.
00:31:36I decided to create it.
00:31:37And think about this, we have this Medicaid program and he's designed
00:31:40this whole business of home healthcare.
00:31:43Think about this, we have Medicaid separated into six separate
00:31:46divisions inside the state of Ohio.
00:31:49One of them, by the way, was located in the Department of Aging.
00:31:53And our director said to us one day, she said, I have a half a billion
00:31:57dollars of Medicaid funding inside of my budget and I want to give it
00:32:00up because it doesn't make sense for it to be there.
00:32:04I was lucky I didn't break my arm when I fell off my chair.
00:32:08You never hear this.
00:32:10But the team has worked together and Greg has assembled them, and
00:32:13we're making great strides in Medicaid.
00:32:15And I want to explain to you that the Medicaid proposal we are going to
00:32:19come with, it's very far-reaching.
00:32:23It's very reform-oriented.
00:32:26It's forward-looking.
00:32:27It's the kind of things that we all say we ought to do
00:32:30because it makes sense.
00:32:33I don't want to have to have a person run to an emergency room if we
00:32:35can have somebody available, a primary care doctor to take care of them
00:32:40in the middle of the night.
00:32:41You know how much money that saves?
00:32:42And you know how much more humane it is?
00:32:44Have you ever sat in the emergency room?
00:32:48How about, you know, if we have a program that says we ought to
00:32:51coordinate care?
00:32:53You remember when you took your mom into the hospital and she was
00:32:57in there for three or four days and when she checked out, she signed
00:33:00the paperwork, they pushed the wheelchair like they did to my
00:33:04mother-in-law to the curb, and she gets in the car and doesn't know
00:33:07what's next.
00:33:09How about if we coordinate her care and direct her to the setting where
00:33:12she can have the best treatment?
00:33:15See, that's the kind of thing that makes sense.
00:33:17Let me tell you what Greg is thinking about here.
00:33:20We're going to do a better job taking care of low birth weight babies
00:33:24by taking better care of their mothers.
00:33:28Low birth weight babies
00:33:52Let me tell you what we're
00:33:53talking about, low birth weight babies face serious health risks.
00:33:58And I know my kids come out at four-two and four-four,
00:34:02my sweet Emma and Reese.
00:34:04But they weren't the really low birth weight babies
00:34:07because they got to go home.
00:34:09But the ones that have those serious health risks, they incur six times
00:34:13the costs as other babies.
00:34:17And by the way, Robbie Nichols, my press secretary, had a little baby
00:34:20boy yesterday, Carson, seven pounds.
00:34:23He's not one of those
00:34:30But we need to understand that low
00:34:32birth weight is a trend that tends to repeat itself.
00:34:37Now, I think we can help these mothers and their babies by staying in
00:34:40touch with them and how about give them the prenatal care they need so
00:34:45that we don't have more low weight babies born?
00:34:49We can take -- we can't solve it all, but we certainly
00:34:51can solve some of it.
00:34:53And with just a little extra effort, we can make life better for the
00:34:56most vulnerable Ohioans by also giving taxpayers better value and
00:35:01making Medicaid more sustainable.
00:35:06Well, we need to think outside of the box on Medicaid.
00:35:10And if we do work together, we can be forward-thinking.
00:35:16Education, K-12 and post-secondary, of course it's critical to our
00:35:21economic future.
00:35:23But I want to tell you, more choice, more accountability, more dollars
00:35:26in the classroom instead of bureaucracy will improve our schools, and
00:35:30we are going to have a significant reform agenda
00:35:53by linking our education system with business opportunities,
00:35:57commercializing more products from our universities, letting our
00:36:00professors' research team own a piece of what they invent.
00:36:02It's going to improve higher education.
00:36:06All of these reforms are going to make us much stronger.
00:36:11Got a report, 63,000 unfilled jobs in Ohio.
00:36:17You meet with these CEOs and they say, we don't have the workers.
00:36:20We don't have the skills.
00:36:23Diebold put a part of their operation on the campus at
00:36:26Stark State to train them.
00:36:28I was at Honda last week.
00:36:30Honda needs flow.
00:36:32They need people who can make sure that robots are working all the
00:36:34time, but we don't -- we have not been able to connect both K-12 and
00:36:40the vocational education and the higher education and our technical
00:36:44schools and community colleges and our universities to real stuff.
00:36:49We have to get that done.
00:36:52And we're going to work like crazy on it.
00:36:54I also want to tell you, it was Friday night or Saturday night, I
00:37:00had some dinner with my buddies, and I went out and bought the movie
00:37:05"Waiting for Superman."
00:37:09I'm going to show this movie here in the state of Ohio.
00:37:15You watch this movie, it will get you angry, it will get you
00:37:21frustrated, it will make you cry, and it will get you to begin to stand
00:37:28up for our kids when you have an opportunity.
00:37:33You see, I -- I've been in Harlem with Geoff Canada and seen the
00:37:36struggle that goes on.
00:37:39When you see you don't have enough choice and mothers -- just like that
00:37:45lady in Akron, she wasn't complaining about the education, but she
00:37:48wasn't sure her kids were going to be safe.
00:37:50She had no choice to go anywhere else, because the choice probably ran
00:37:54out or she was unaware of it.
00:37:56And then they put a ball and they do like a lottery and they pick the
00:38:00ball out and I won and you lost.
00:38:04And I won and you lost to our kids?
00:38:09Shame on us.
00:38:11It's unacceptable.
00:38:13You deny a kid an education, a secure education,
00:38:17you're killing their future.
00:38:19Nothing should stand in our way of making Ohio an ability to lead in
00:38:24this country and be able to compete in the world.
00:38:28And we better commit ourselves to this and get this fixed.
00:38:59You know, let me give you one other astounding thing, do
00:39:04you know that Teach for America is not in Ohio?
00:39:07Do you know that we have kept them out?
00:39:11Because we're -- we have to jump through hoops and cross T's and dot
00:39:14I's while the best and the brightest are available to teach in other
00:39:18parts of America?
00:39:20Oh, Teach for America is coming to Ohio.
00:39:22I promise you that.
00:39:24It's coming to Ohio.
00:39:40Folks, it's not all easy, though.
00:39:44Because reform and restructuring cannot take us all the way to a
00:39:47balanced budget.
00:39:48It can't.
00:39:49Years of neglect, switching programs into the next fiscal year, smoke
00:39:54and mirrors, refusing to address the basic fundamental structural
00:40:00problems of our budget.
00:40:03That's what it is, a structural imbalance in our budget because we
00:40:08didn't take care of the foundation.
00:40:12See, we can't get all the way with restructuring.
00:40:16But you know what we're trying to do?
00:40:18As I mentioned earlier, we're trying to provide the tools to those
00:40:23affected to help them to absorb the loss of revenue and resources.
00:40:30We're trying to give everybody flexibility from
00:40:32state rules and regulations.
00:40:35Let's have common sense.
00:40:38We need to repeal these unfunded mandates that where we imposed -- you
00:40:42know, we don't like when the federal government comes and shoves things
00:40:44down our throat.
00:40:45We have no right to shove things down local government's throat and
00:40:49tell them that they've got to figure out a way to pay for it.
00:41:07So we need to work together to repeal these unfunded mandates.
00:41:09We need to employ shared services with everybody.
00:41:15The county executive in Cuyahoga County said there were roadblocks to
00:41:19his being able to share things across these governmental entities.
00:41:24Schools need to share services with cities.
00:41:28And, frankly, folks, the provisions of collective bargaining reform are
00:41:31examples of what we wanted to do to allow people
00:41:35to be able to control their costs.
00:41:38And by the way, I appreciate the passion of people that don't agree
00:41:43with us, you know?
00:41:45I grew up in the '70s.
00:41:47I learned what protests were in the '70s.
00:41:49I understand it.
00:41:50And people who are strongly -- people who feel strongly, I respect
00:41:57UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But you don't respect us (inaudible).
00:42:00GOVERNOR KASICH: But they need to also respect those that don't always
00:42:03agree with them, okay?
00:42:36Now, I have to tell you that what I'm most concerned about
00:42:38in this budget, I'm most concerned about people who relied on stimulus
00:42:42money to continue to operate or even expand their programs.
00:42:49They're the ones that are going to have the hardest time
00:42:51coping with the change.
00:42:53I warned for two years, do not take stimulus money and use it to
00:42:58operate your budget.
00:42:59Do not take stimulus money and use it to expand your budget, because
00:43:04I've always known that what the federal government giveth, the federal
00:43:07government taketh away.
00:43:09And no family, no family would operate on one-time money to just have
00:43:14business as usual when they know the change is coming.
00:43:18But those entities that have done this,
00:43:21it's going to be tough for them.
00:43:22Trying to give you the tools, but I can't fill that stimulus gap.
00:43:27It is not going to happen.
00:43:28It is not doable.
00:43:30They should have been preparing.
00:43:32Mary Taylor and I both warned, Mary repeatedly across this state, not
00:43:37to use that one-time stimulus money to continue operations
00:43:41or expand them.
00:43:44They're the ones that are going to have the most difficult time, but
00:43:46we'll see what we can do to help.
00:43:49Now, I want to thank the Legislature for the passage of Jobs Ohio.
00:43:55Look, this was really, really hard for Capri Cafaro to rally the
00:44:03Democrats in the Senate to vote for one of my
00:44:07most important initiatives.
00:44:09It took guts.
00:44:11I respect her for it.
00:44:13Don't you?
00:44:28But one more time -- but one more time I just want to tell
00:44:34you this bill and this operation, we're going to get the best and the
00:44:40brightest that we can find in Ohio, people who are these entrepreneurs
00:44:44and job creators.
00:44:46They'll be on the board.
00:44:47People will know what the heck they get, who they are.
00:44:49They're not going to get paid any money because
00:44:51they don't need any money.
00:44:52They're just here to give back to Ohio because
00:44:54Ohio's been good to them.
00:44:56And we will hire underneath them people who are experts, people who
00:45:00understand how do we restore manufacturing in Ohio, how do we build a
00:45:04stronger healthcare operation in Ohio, how do we recapture financial
00:45:09services and insurance and banking?
00:45:12You've got to have people that can talk the talk and they move quickly.
00:45:17I'll tell you about moving quickly.
00:45:20The Avengers are coming to Cleveland because we move quickly, because
00:45:23we have people that understood the speed of business.
00:45:26And now we're going to have a great film in Ohio because Michigan
00:45:30dropped the ball and we moved quickly.
00:45:33And I am
00:45:40But we need to move quickly.
00:45:41We need to move quickly in every area, because business moves at the
00:45:45speed of light.
00:45:48The paying public will have an audit.
00:45:52But don't think in the box when it comes to JobsOhio.
00:45:57Think about the ability to get the best and the brightest.
00:46:00Folks, our people need work.
00:46:03Let's not shut down any opportunity
00:46:05that could allow our people to get work.
00:46:08They need it.
00:46:10I also want to thank the Legislature for the passage
00:46:12of this Common Sense Initiative.
00:46:14This is Mary's deal.
00:46:16I'll tell you what we're going to do, let's figure out what stupid
00:46:20rules and regulations we have that 11 kill small business's ability
00:46:23to get up and running, and I want to look at the
00:46:25concept of micro loans.
00:46:27You know, we do micro loans for countries in Africa.
00:46:31We ought to do micro loans here in our core cities.
00:46:34And we do not want to choke these people with rules and regulations
00:46:38that make no sense.
00:46:39We're working with the small business community, the bigger business
00:46:42community, our government operations.
00:46:45End the friction.
00:46:47We'll have more jobs and we want all of you to participate.
00:46:52And, of course, I want to thank you -- I think almost a unanimous vote
00:46:55in the House and the Senate to pass these tax incentives
00:46:59to save Ohio business.
00:47:01These programs -- and this bipartisanship -- with the combination of
00:47:05lower taxes, smarter regulations, job-friendly government, and
00:47:09answering the phone, can allow people to move at the speed of business.
00:47:16So yesterday I go to Cleveland, Brooklyn.
00:47:22I didn't know how they were going to set this stuff up.
00:47:25I've got some good people to figure out kind of cool ways to set things
00:47:28up, you know?
00:47:30And I walk in, and there in Brooklyn at American Greetings are all
00:47:34these employees.
00:47:36Frankly, I mean, if somebody were to tell you they're thinking about
00:47:39moving out of state, you wouldn't like it.
00:47:43It would scare you.
00:47:44Where are the kids going to go to school?
00:47:45Can I afford to move?
00:47:46What am I going to do?
00:47:48Walk in there yesterday and be able to have a solid package and have
00:47:52the CEO of American Greetings say that I am going to commit to saving
00:47:58$157 million worth of payroll.
00:48:02We will maintain creative jobs in Cleveland, and we will lead the
00:48:06country, and we don't need to get anybody from Palo Alto, California.
00:48:10We're going to get them to move to Cleveland because we are
00:48:13progressive, we are moving in the right direction, and we preserve
00:48:172,000 jobs in the city of Cleveland because of all of your help.
00:48:21It's a great day for Ohio, a great day or Ohio.
00:48:41And there's a lot more coming, there's a lot more coming
00:48:44on this front.
00:48:46But we need the powder, we need the resources to compete with these
00:48:50other states that are in here trying to take the best and the brightest
00:48:54of what we have.
00:48:56You know, I want to thank, frankly, the Democrats for coming over on
00:49:01some of these votes.
00:49:03It's always easy, of course, to thank those who are always there.
00:49:06I want to thank the Republicans for standing tall throughout this first
00:49:09-- seems like it's seven years; it's only been seven weeks, okay?
00:49:12As hard as that is to believe.
00:49:14But, you know, I always worked in a bipartisan way when I was a United
00:49:19States Congressman.
00:49:20Ron Dellums, liberal Democrat, Oakland, California, I love Ron Dellums,
00:49:29one of my great friends.
00:49:30You know, I went to his wedding in California.
00:49:32I sat at a table with Willie Brown, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein.
00:49:38And I was the only Republican in San Francisco that day.
00:49:42But Dellums is coming here.
00:49:44He and I worked together, two lonely guys, trying to limit the
00:49:47production of the B-2 bomber.
00:49:50People thought we were -- well, first of all,
00:49:52they called us the odd couple.
00:49:55A lot more, obviously, handsome than I am, and a brilliant man.
00:50:01Yeah, the Pentagon wanted 132.
00:50:04We ended up reaching agreement on 20 and saved a billion dollars a
00:50:07copy, and we built a team of Republicans and Democrats that limited the
00:50:12production of a major weapons system.
00:50:14I am told it never happened before in the 20th Century.
00:50:17It was great to work with Republican and Democratic colleagues,
00:50:20including Ralph Nader, who sang a little song in my office to fight
00:50:23corporate welfare.
00:50:25And I'll tell you how I feel about it, Mark Kvamme just clawed back
00:50:29about $900,000 from companies that made promises
00:50:32and they didn't keep them.
00:50:33We're not going to give taxpayers' money to people who are not going to
00:50:35keep their promise.
00:50:35We're going after the money.
00:50:37That's the way it ought to be.
00:50:39So with corporate welfare, we're on it, okay?
00:50:56And, of course, I love the work that I was involved in
00:51:01with Teddy Kennedy and Jesse Helms and Bono
00:51:08in an effort to fight poverty.
00:51:09You know, it's a great story.
00:51:10I got a call from The Terminator.
00:51:14Arnold said, you need to meet this man, he's out there, he's meeting
00:51:16with every big official all over the world, he's got a program to do
00:51:22debt relief in Africa.
00:51:23And I'd always felt that foreign aid was a little bit of corporate
00:51:26welfare, but I always thought it could be applied well so that if we
00:51:29actually did immunize somebody or vaccinate them in another part of the
00:51:32world when extremists were shouting and criticizing America, the woman
00:51:36there would stand up and say, you may not like them, but they
00:51:39vaccinated my kid.
00:51:41See, I like that idea.
00:51:43Arnold said, you've got to meet this guy.
00:51:46I said, what's his name?
00:51:47He said, you never heard of him.
00:51:49I said, what's his name, Arnold?
00:51:51He says, you've never heard of him.
00:51:53I said, what's his name?
00:51:53He said, his name is Bono.
00:51:55I said, Arnold, I'm not an Austrian bricklayer, I know who Bono is.
00:52:01So Bono and I sat down, and he talked about his faith.
00:52:04The song "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" is not about
00:52:09something he misplaced.
00:52:13I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
00:52:19Bono says, you're not getting me in to see enough
00:52:22congressmen and senators.
00:52:23I said -- this was in the early days -- I said, Bono, look, you're
00:52:25wearing a black leather suit, Prada shoes, and those crazy sunglasses,
00:52:29they don't want to be seen with you.
00:52:31He said, John, the guys in my band,
00:52:33they don't want me to be seen with you.
00:52:38Well, we won.
00:52:40And just a couple years ago, my wife and I went to Rwanda at the
00:52:42request of Bono.
00:52:46Began to see some miracles of reconciliation.
00:52:51It worked.
00:52:53You know, we now need unanimous bipartisan support to fight the
00:52:57scourge in this country and in this state of prescription drug
00:53:03addiction in Ohio.
00:53:05We are engaging the enemy.
00:53:08We have already worked to provide $400,000 to Scioto County for
00:53:12treatment and rehab programs to help get people back to work.
00:53:16We're seeking additional federal matching dollars to fight the scourge
00:53:19of this drug addiction across our state.
00:53:22We have created a coalition of government, community leaders, who have
00:53:25already demonstrated incredible teamwork in implementing a plan to free
00:53:30Ohioans who are trapped in homelessness and despair.
00:53:33And we've got Terry Johnson and Dave Burke and Danny Bubp over here in
00:53:37the House with legislation, and we've got Jimmy Stewart ready to take
00:53:40it and move it in the Senate.
00:53:42I'm going to tell you, folks, Barbara Howard -- and I'm going to have
00:53:49her stand in a second -- in 2009, her daughter died from an overdose of
00:53:57prescription drugs.
00:53:59She is a founding member of SOLACE.
00:54:02Now, I met these ladies right before I was inaugurated.
00:54:04I had been to Scioto County.
00:54:06I had heard about this drug addiction problem as I campaigned in
00:54:10southern Ohio most particularly.
00:54:13And these ladies stood there, about a dozen of them, maybe 15 of them,
00:54:15in these green shirts.
00:54:18Every one of them buried somebody because of this addiction.
00:54:23It's something that a lot of people don't understand.
00:54:26They don't even know that it's out there.
00:54:28But it is as significant and dangerous as heroin addiction in this
00:54:31country and in this state.
00:54:34Ed Hughes, he's in the counseling center down there in Scioto County.
00:54:39Beth Dunlap, who's here today also, she's recovering.
00:54:44Can you imagine recovering from an addiction?
00:54:49None of us understand that monster.
00:54:51She's two years out.
00:54:53She's going to go work in a counseling center.
00:54:55I have said -- I'm going to say it again -- the devil had been running
00:54:58Scioto County.
00:55:00And you know what?
00:55:01These people were alone, they were vulnerable,
00:55:05at times they felt hopeless.
00:55:08Guess what?
00:55:09The cavalry has arrived, and you will not stand alone, and this
00:55:13legislature will not let you stand alone.
00:55:18Please recognize Ed Hughes, Beth Dunlap, and Barbara Howard.
00:55:44I want to tell you, I found out the other day there was
00:55:46$33 million sitting on the sidelines we had never applied for.
00:55:50So we got together.
00:55:52We got the ADAMHs boards on the phone, we got rehabilitative services,
00:55:56we got Orman Hall, all of whom worked in Fairfield County trying to
00:55:59reduce the recidivism rate for these folks that are in our jails.
00:56:05They wander the streets.
00:56:06We find them sometimes breaking into our homes.
00:56:10We called the ADAMS board.
00:56:11They got together in 24 hours.
00:56:13They said, let's just get this done before the money disappears.
00:56:17And I'm very hopeful because of the match that we will get from the
00:56:20federal government.
00:56:21We can launch this across the state with an additional $33 million.
00:56:26But, folks, we have our challenges, but we've got some great assets.
00:56:31And I want to tell you about some of them.
00:56:33Now I'm going to lead -- you know, it's like picking a queen in a
00:56:36beauty pageant, you always leave somebody out, okay?
00:56:40And I'm not intending to and there's a lot I won't mention here, but it
00:56:44isn't because I wanted to exclude them.
00:56:47Let's talk about Toledo.
00:56:50Toledo has been sliding.
00:56:53You go there, you see a lot of buildings, but not a lot of people
00:56:57walking around in the morning.
00:57:00Oh, it's a great town.
00:57:01It created First Solar.
00:57:02First Solar was one of the most rapidly rising companies on the New
00:57:05York Stock Exchange.
00:57:08They won a Photovoltaic Center up in Toledo.
00:57:11We're thinking about it.
00:57:12We would love to do that.
00:57:14We've got The Andersons.
00:57:15Go to The Andersons, everybody's at home, the specialty manufacturing.
00:57:22So many of the manufacturing in Toledo is forward-looking.
00:57:25The University of Toledo and their great president who went with me up
00:57:29to Detroit to meet with the Big Three.
00:57:30And, of course, the Jeep plant.
00:57:32And then North Baltimore.
00:57:34I sent Jerry Wray to North Baltimore to meet with the officials up
00:57:38there to figure out how we can improve the infrastructure so that when
00:57:41the train gets there, we can move goods
00:57:44and products out of North Baltimore.
00:57:47Do you know what the potential is
00:57:48for distribution centers in that area?
00:57:51And CSX and Norfolk Southern, thank God they are in Ohio and they are
00:57:54committed to us, and we are not going to waste transportation money on
00:57:58silly little pork barrel projects.
00:58:01We are going to spend the money where it makes a difference.
00:58:21Take your hats off to Randy Gardner.
00:58:23You know he was in the Legislature when Moby Dick was a minnow.
00:58:26(Laughter) And also a special thank-you to Mark.
00:58:31You know, Mark Wagoner is just one of the smartest guys there is, and
00:58:35thanks for being my friend, Mark, through this time.
00:58:38And Akron.
00:58:40Mary, in Akron, Goodyear, FirstEnergy, Kent State University,
00:58:45University of Akron, which specializes in polymer research and
00:58:49You see, we need to broadcast that to the world.
00:58:52This is advanced materials.
00:58:54People don't know we have this.
00:58:56Well, the president of Kent State, the president of the University of
00:58:58Akron, and a number of the CEOs we met with a week ago are putting a
00:59:03game plan together to make sure that the world knows.
00:59:07In Canton, the Timken Company, been there I think a thousand years.
00:59:13Republic Engineered Products, Keenan Advantage.
00:59:17The ability of the logistics industry working out of Canton, and
00:59:20the great Stark State.
00:59:23That is some operation up there.
00:59:26Training people for jobs that exist and jobs that will come.
00:59:32I went to Lordstown.
00:59:35We cannot let Lordstown fail.
00:59:37It is the center of that valley.
00:59:41We've got to make sure that we work closely with the auto officials,
00:59:46and we must do what we have to do to make sure that
00:59:49that plant is up to date.
00:59:51And while we have the Cruze, I always think in the future,
00:59:54what do we get next?
00:59:57In Lordstown, the union and the management has worked well together.
01:00:02Jim Graham the head of the UAW, oh, don't tell him I mentioned his
01:00:05name, he'll pass out.
01:00:07Jim Graham is running for mayor somewhere.
01:00:09He said, if I get elected, I told them the first guy I'm going to meet
01:00:11with is you.
01:00:12I said, what happened?
01:00:13He said they passed out.
01:00:17Lordstown. The steel plant, Delphi, and Youngstown State.
01:00:26Talk about homelessness and poverty.
01:00:30By the way, we're helping Youngstown now, our great highway patrol, our
01:00:36great security people working to try to settle things down in
01:00:40Youngstown after that terrible shooting.
01:00:44We lost a leader in Youngstown that night.
01:00:50He's got a great mom.
01:00:52I talked to his mom about a day or so after the killing.
01:00:55I had met his mother and I called her up, Mrs.Hill, and she said to me,
01:01:03I'm praying for the parents of the people that shot my son.
01:01:08That's the power of the Lord.
01:01:10We will not let that violence obscure
01:01:12the great legacy of Youngstown State.
01:01:15It is a wonderful school and its best days are clearly ahead, and we
01:01:19will do everything, won't we, Legislature, to make sure that Youngstown
01:01:23State is as solid and as great as it can be.
01:01:33Cleveland. Cleveland.
01:01:34I always like to say, you've got the Cleveland Clinic, University
01:01:36Hospital, and Case Western Reserve.
01:01:38If you can't score a touchdown with that, think about that.
01:01:43We were with the Chinese the other day and I told them, I said, you
01:01:46know, you need to get to know people at the Cleveland Clinic because
01:01:48rulers from all over the world when they have a heart problem or an eye
01:01:52problem, where do they go?
01:01:54They go to the Clinic.
01:01:55It's a jewel.
01:01:56But so is University Hospital.
01:01:58With the new Ahuja Center where they're going to do surgery,
01:02:01noninvasive, breakthrough surgery.
01:02:05You all ought to go, it's really cool to see.
01:02:08Big rooms because big rooms are needed in order to project the power to
01:02:12do the noninvasive surgery.
01:02:14Oh, we're seeing the future when we go there.
01:02:18Barbara Snyder at Case Western Reserve, she's a real winner.
01:02:23She was trained by Ohio's greatest politician, Gordon Gee, okay?
01:02:28(Laughter) We've got Cleveland State and American Greetings and
01:02:34My wife and I went to Mexico.
01:02:35We're in a one-horse town, a half-a-horse town in Mexico and there's a
01:02:39Sherwin-Williams store.
01:02:42Oh, it's terrific.
01:02:43And Parker-Hannifin, you don't know about them,
01:02:46you've got to go meet them.
01:02:47They're global, and they are incredible at what they're doing.
01:02:51And I'm begging them to bring some jobs back here to Ohio or expand
01:02:54what they have, tell us what we need to do.
01:02:56And, hey, how about Lake Erie?
01:03:00I mean, if there has ever been a more underutilized asset and undersold
01:03:04asset in the history of our state, it's Lake Erie.
01:03:07It is the crown jewel of the state of Ohio and we need to promote it,
01:03:12we need to sell it, and people from around this country will go there
01:03:16and we need to develop it and take advantage
01:03:18of all the things that it offers.
01:03:20Am I right, Patton?
01:03:39Now, what's the word I want -- I want to salute Tom Patton
01:03:43for the service of his son.
01:03:46One year ago in the line of duty, Tom Patton's son lost his life.
01:03:54I think he's moved forward, don't you think?
01:03:57He's moved forward.
01:03:58God bless you Tom Patton and God bless your family.
01:04:21Well, here in Columbus, Cardinal Health, American
01:04:23Electric Power, Nationwide Insurance, they're always on your side.
01:04:32We're working closely with the insurance industry in this state, aren't
01:04:35we, David Goodman?
01:04:37Because we used to be a hub of it.
01:04:39It can happen again if we think outside the box.
01:04:42Go to Illinois, man, they just busted the budget and raised taxes
01:04:45through the sky.
01:04:48Go to California.
01:04:49We got the hint now we may get an insurance company out of California.
01:04:52We'll see.
01:04:53We've got The Limited, and of course The Ohio State University.
01:04:58In Dayton, Teradata, LexisNexis.
01:05:01Oh, I'll give you another underutilized resource,
01:05:03Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
01:05:05We ought to put an enterprise zone right outside the gate.
01:05:08We've got four or five of the best laboratories in the country and we
01:05:12have not used it.
01:05:13And I have talked to the Congressional Delegation on a bipartisan basis
01:05:17of leaving no stone unturned.
01:05:19Nanotechnology, advanced technology, advanced energy technology,
01:05:24advanced aeronautics, the home of the Wright Brothers.
01:05:28Dayton is going to be great again, isn't it, Jon Husted?
01:05:31It's going to be great again.
01:05:41You know, in Cincinnati, Procter & Gamble,
01:05:44greatest consumer company in the world.
01:05:46Greatest consumer company there is.
01:05:49Cintas, oh, they turned going from cleaning rags to making a uniform to
01:05:54operating all over the world.
01:05:56AK Steel, the little company that always says I can, I can, and I will.
01:06:01Western & Southern, Fifth Third, and the University of Cincinnati that
01:06:06has too often been disregarded.
01:06:08It was one of the schools of excellence in our state
01:06:11and in our country.
01:06:13In southeastern Ohio, Kenworth Trucking.
01:06:16I went down there.
01:06:17I said, what are you doing here?
01:06:20They said, great workers, low cost, great success, great profits.
01:06:24How about USEC Plant in Piketon?
01:06:27Well, we're working with everybody to make sure that happens.
01:06:29I almost tackled the President's chief of staff the other night in the
01:06:32White House, told him we want that loan guarantee, just don't give it
01:06:36to the French.
01:06:38Don't give stuff to the French that you won't give to Americans.
01:06:41Now, down there at that USEC plant they spin centrifuges, and the
01:06:44spinning of those centrifuges can allow us to enter the international
01:06:48market in uranium.
01:06:50We are losing that market.
01:06:51We are behind and other countries are getting ahead.
01:06:54Piketon is the way back.
01:06:57And if we focus on this on a bipartisan basis, we will get there.
01:07:14Let me also say to those in these areas where we have been
01:07:17underdeveloped, Marcellus and Utica Shale, it could transform Ohio.
01:07:25I don't want to be saying it's going to happen, because we've not had
01:07:30enough testing to this point.
01:07:32But I'll tell you, the people who are the smart business people are
01:07:35investing like you cannot believe.
01:07:39My team, the EPA director, Scott Nally, David Mustine, these guys
01:07:47working together with Jim Zehringer in agriculture, put together a
01:07:51program that will ensure environmental security that will make sure
01:07:56that people who are the land holders and the lease holders
01:07:59are treated fairly.
01:08:00A comprehensive plan, which many of you will be involved with.
01:08:05It can give us an exploration industry.
01:08:07It can give us companies that want to locate in areas
01:08:10of low energy costs.
01:08:12It can give us the ability to think about building a refinery down
01:08:15there on the Ohio River when people have said no, they will say yes.
01:08:20The possibility and the potential for the creation of small businesses,
01:08:24and in the Mahoning Valley and in Steubenville, these are people who
01:08:28know how to do things with their hands.
01:08:30God made them, gave them the gift of building with their hands, and we
01:08:34can build pumps and pipes and widgets.
01:08:36Say your prayers that we will have those findings down and will manage
01:08:42it and we must do it together.
01:08:45Finally, agriculture.
01:08:48Always ignored.
01:08:49Always the wagging tail.
01:08:52I'm not sleeping in a barn.
01:08:54Let's just get that straight right now, okay?
01:08:58But what I will tell you, and I'm not wearing that silly hat
01:09:01that Voinovich wore either, okay?
01:09:04But here's what I will tell you: I've asked Jim Zehringer to
01:09:08think about agriculture in a completely different way.
01:09:11How many agribusinesses can we get?
01:09:14How many 21st Century products can we develop?
01:09:18And how do we think about ethanol when we have increasing dependence on
01:09:21countries like Libya and Venezuela to provide us our fuel?
01:09:28So we're thinking about agriculture in an entirely different way.
01:09:31It can be great prosperity.
01:09:33And here's the thing about agriculture,
01:09:35it's not your old man's tractor anymore.
01:09:37It's technology.
01:09:38It's GPS.
01:09:40It's weather patterns.
01:09:42It's you're your own boss and you fall in love with the good earth.
01:09:47There's something about it that's soulful and spiritual.
01:09:51And we need to recognize our farmers for the great work they have done.
01:09:54And it can allow us to touch the rest of the world through the ability
01:09:57to export and find new markets.
01:10:01Folks -- (Applause)
01:10:19-- we need to take these assets and we have to leverage them.
01:10:22You need to think about what we do with our community colleges, our
01:10:25technical schools and universities, to work in conjunction with
01:10:29businesses so the students and the workers are trained for the jobs
01:10:32that need to be filled today and the jobs that will be there tomorrow.
01:10:36In Youngstown, we have a free -- you know, a free trade zone there at
01:10:39the airport.
01:10:41Let's stop talking and let's start doing, okay?
01:10:46Let's stop talking and let's start pushing.
01:10:50We push and we work together, all right?
01:10:55We're going to -- we're going to save the state, I have no doubt.
01:10:58The state of the state and the future of Ohio is in our hands.
01:11:03You were elected to do this, not to have fear of who's going to yell at
01:11:08me or vote against me.
01:11:10I mean, come on.
01:11:12Remember what Churchill said, you only die once in war, in politics you
01:11:16can die a hundred deaths.
01:11:18I've used up 80.
01:11:23Don't let -- don't let fear clog your mind
01:11:27or have you wring your hands.
01:11:30We're going to meet these challenges for this century, but it does
01:11:34require strength, determination, and a lot of change.
01:11:42None of us like change.
01:11:44I mean, as I get older I like it less, just give me the old Haagen-Dazs
01:11:48chocolate every day, okay?
01:11:51But here's what I know: Change is the engine of growth.
01:11:55Change is the engine of renewal.
01:11:58Change is the engine of progress.
01:12:01Change is about renewing the human spirit.
01:12:05Folks, one of the hardest things for me was to come to this
01:12:08Legislature and at times experience a lot of partisanship.
01:12:14It comes from both sides, okay?
01:12:16The whole country is kind of tired of it.
01:12:19Hey, it's okay to fight and disagree.
01:12:21I respect you when you fight with me every day, but we've got to get up
01:12:25every day and say, there are a couple things we can do together.
01:12:29Are there just a couple of things that we can do to make things a
01:12:31little bit better for the families and the kids?
01:12:33That's all I ask, okay?
01:12:35That's all that I ask.
01:12:38And you know what I said at the end of my inaugural address is that
01:12:42it's exciting to be part of a movement that answers the bell that can
01:12:45strengthen our state.
01:12:48But here was what I thought was the most important thing: We're not
01:12:51Republicans, we're not Democrats, we are not Liberals, and we are not
01:12:58Conservatives, we are Ohioans, and together we will climb the mountain
01:13:04and make Ohio great.
01:13:06Thank you all very much.
01:13:08God bless America and God bless Ohio.
01:14:37PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: The Chair recognizes President Pro Tem,
01:14:39Senator Faber, for a motion.
01:14:40SENATOR FABER: Thank you.
01:14:41Mr. President, I recommend that the joint convention adjourn.
01:14:44PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: Without objection, the joint convention is
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