Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich delivered his State of the State address in Columbus Tuesday, Mar. 8. As expected, demonstrators gathered by the thousands outside the Statehouse to protest Gov. Kasich’s speech and his plan to gut collective bargaining rights for Ohio’s public workers.
Unlike the anti-union legislation pending in Wisconsin, Kasich’s plan doesn’t exclude firefighter and police unions. In Ohio, however, Gov. Kasich didn’t have to worry about the state’s Democratic legislators denying him a quorum. A sufficient number of Republican state senators passed the measure last week. The Ohio House is expected to begin its hearings Tuesday afternoon, following Kasich’s speech.
According to an AP report, “Kasich’s speech was a rousing address aimed at Ohio’s problems, but jumped from point to point without offering many concrete examples of what changes he plans to make.” Also within the report was news that the protests weren’t limited to outside the Statehouse. Watch the clip below to see the scene in the Statehouse rotunda where hundreds of protesters were chanting “Kill the Bill” during the speech (h/t Ohio Daily).
Image is from Feb. 27, 2011 protests in Ohio, via flickr - Ohio AFL-CIO