John Kasich (Jobs and Business Policy)

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Regulatory Reform: Using Common Sense to Remove Barriers to Job Creation

  • A One-Year Moratorium: A one-year moratorium will be imposed on all major, new regulations. This will give businesses a respite from the costs of Obama Administration regulations and allow time to overhaul the regulatory process.
  • Mandatory Cost-Benefit Analysis: The benefit of regulations must outweigh their costs. John Kasich will call on Congress to make cost-benefit analyses mandatory for all new regulations to make sure that is the case. It will also ensure greater transparency in the rulemaking process so Americans have a better understanding of the impact of new regulations.
  • Congressional Approval For Rules Over $100 Million: John Kasich will urge Congress to enact legislation requiring it to approve any regulation that is projected to impose more than $100 million annually on the American economy.
  • Rein-in Agency Abuses: Stronger oversight of agency rulemaking is necessary to ensure cost-benefit analyses are performed, regulations align with congressional intent and to identify and remove abusive or unreasonable regulations.
  • Two-Year Permitting Deadline: Permits should be issued in a timely manner to reduce uncertainty for businesses. A maximum two-year deadline will be imposed for agencies to issue permits for major new infrastructure projects.
  • Independent, Common Sense Appeals: To give job creators a fair chance when they object to an agency’s permitting, enforcement or other regulatory action, John Kasich will create new appointed common sense reviews comprised of real Americans. Today a small business that wants to fight an agency decision can sue in federal court and go bankrupt hiring lawyers, or it must often use an agency’s own appeals process staffed by its own bureaucrats. Only an independent administrative review can ensure businesses get fair, reasonable treatment.



Washington should provide more flexibility from rigid guidelines so states can align programs to the skills and positions for which local job creators are hiring. Issuing block grants to the states while streamlining multiple programs into a few large grants will afford them the opportunity to be innovative and responsive. To be successful and accountable, states will need to ensure their efforts prioritize the following principles:

  • Meet Business Needs: Government bureaucrats should not identify needs and priorities; businesses need to be engaged in the development of the state’s workforce programs to ensure they help maximize economic potential.
  • Measure the Right Outcomes: Federal accountability measures often prioritize volume over success and fail to capture meaningful factors such as job placement and retention, or earnings growth over time. Federal accountability measures will be reformed to eliminate unintended negative outcomes and instead encourage states to look at those served as individuals, not numbers.
  • Help Prevent Unemployment: Unemployed workers need help to upgrade their skills or acquire news ones, but efforts are also needed to help them avoid unemployment to begin with. Giving states the ability to use existing federal training funds to help workers with jobs upgrade their skills can help their employers stay in business and stay competitive.


Link Basic and Applied Science to Put New Ideas to Work and to Create Jobs:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a powerhouse of scientific know-how, with strong industry relationships via its standards-setting work. Additionally, the National Technical Information Services (NTIS) collects and disseminates scientific and technical information from government-funded research to expand knowledge. To help get new ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace—a longtime priority of Gov. Kasich—he would merge NIST and NTIS with the basic science research functions of the National Science Foundation. This new combined science center would create a well-aligned pipeline from basic research, through applied research and into industry, while also providing a robust platform for disseminating new breakthroughs. NIST’s programs in support of manufacturers would be separated and merged with the Small Business Administration to provide these job creators a more seamless one-stop experience for the support they need. (JKWDW)