Kasich Addresses Job Growth, Education In ‘State Of The State’

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich proposed ambitious new education plans during last night's State of the State in Medina.

Kasich said universities will now receive state funding based on degree completion rather than enrollment, in order to prevent dropout rates.

The governor said he wants vocational school available for high school students all the way down to seventh grade.

The proposal which received the most applause was the suggestion that veterans receive college credit for skills developed while serving.

While he provided no specific plan or timeline for these events, he promised proposals would be sent to the Ohio legislator soon.

Kasich reviewed Ohio's achievements over his term, including 155 new jobs created per day, and a 50% cut to small business taxes.

"We made tough choices and we got our budget back in shape," Kasich said.

Perhaps the most memorable moment was the presentation of courage awards to Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

The three women, who survived a kidnapping in Cleveland for 10 years, made their first public appearance together on stage to a standing ovation.

Caleigh Bourgeois is a fellow in Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau. Follow her on Twitter @caleighreports.