Ohio Gov. Addresses Economic Challenges

Dec 20, 2011

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he wants to hear from local communities on handling economic challenges in the
wake of voters' rejection of a law that would have placed new limits on public employee unions.

Kasich on Monday said in a review of his first year in office that communities can't tax their way to prosperity, but that the people have spoken on curbing collective bargaining rights. The law was rejected 62 percent to 38 percent.

He said one of the lesson learned from the referendum is that officials need to build a case for making change.

Kasich and other supporters had promoted the overhaul as a means for cities, school districts and others to control costs and retain workers.

The measure would have affected more than 350,000 public employees.