Gov. Kasich Says Moving ‘State’ Speech Worth Cost
Ohio’s governor says any added public expense associated with moving his State of the State address to an economically troubled eastern Ohio city is worth it.
Republican Gov. John Kasich told reporters Friday that holding his second annual policy speech in Steubenville gives a boost to a region that’s been ignored. He says “it’s so great to give people a lift in a part of the state where they have been beaten down for generations.”
Kasich said the city’s reaction “has been somersaults.”
The speech will be held at the award-winning Wells Academy school. It is traditionally held at the Statehouse in Columbus.
Statewide officeholders, Supreme Court justices, Cabinet members and 132 lawmakers typically attend. Kasich said some may decide not to charge the state for their travel.