STEUBENVILLE -- Portraying a state government that is less intrusive and more based in common sense, Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich met with local members of the National Federation of Independent Business at the Triple Play Cafe Tuesday afternoon.
"Government is not supposed to be your enemy," Kasich told the business owners at the meeting.
He heard problems from a lack of river development to regulatory entanglements and trouble with a bureaucratic Environmental Protection Agency during the event, one of many he's holding as he tours the state with less than two months to go before the general election.
John Kasich, GOP for Ohio governor, at Triple Play Cafe
"The way things are is not the way they have to be," he said.
Kasich spoke of having running mate Mary Taylor conduct a review of government regulations shortly after taking office, if elected, with the concept being to preserve safety but to ease red tape for business.
In an interview after the meeting, Kasich said he would favor the completion of the Columbus-to-Pittsburgh highway corridor only if it makes sense to do so.
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich, left, talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.; GOP congressional candidate Bill Johnson, seeking the Ohio 6th district seat; and Dr. Brian Wilson, Jefferson County GOP chairman, before meeting with local members of the National Federation of Independent Business Tuesday afternoon at the Triple Play Cafe in Steubenville.
"We have to make sure it's a smart economic decision," he said.
For more about Kasich's visit with the local NFIB chapter, read Wednesday's print edition or visit www.heraldstaronline.com.