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Ohio gov. pledges big changes to come, unions boo

By admin Published: March 8, 2011

JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says even bigger changes are coming to Ohio than have been seen over his first seven weeks, when government economic development work was privatized and the Legislature began the process of stripping 350,000 unionized public employees of many bargaining rights.

The Republican governor said during his first State of the State address Tuesday that he won't raise taxes to balance the budget he releases next week.

He told a packed House chamber that the program cuts it includes will only be a starting point to getting the state's economy back on track and shrinking state government. He says creativity and innovation are needed.

Public employees who support collective bargaining rights booed and shouted at Kasich during his speech. Outside, several thousand protesters chanted, "Shame on you."



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