John Kasich is moving forward with a plan to revamp the state’s job training system, a plan that reaches far into Ohio’s K 12 and postsecondary education systems and would affect how billions of dollars in state and federal funds are spent.
Kasich did not rule out asking for assistance later, but his decision means tornado ravaged towns in Ohio will not get federal aid now and are not eligible at this time for potentially millions of dollars in payments and loans.
The governor said Ohio can respond to the crisis without federal help and he would not ask federal authorities to declare the region a disaster area.
We believe that we can handle this, Kasich said while visiting a shelter for storm victims at New Richmond High School.
Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud said he is confident the state can handle cleanup in hard hit areas, such as Moscow.
The countys Democratic Party chairman, Dave Lane, said there is no reason to wait to ask for help.
He said Kasich, a Republican who has been critical of the federal government in the past, may be trying to score political points at the expense of residents.
The federal government of the United States is the federal government of the constitutional republic of fifty states and one district that is the United States of America.
A Kasich spokesman and a state emergency management official said the state will do its own assessment before determining whether to seek federal aid.
The government could accomplish these goals with a simple, efficient, and attractive option: Return the federal highway programs to the states, where much of the responsibility had been lodged until the Federal Aid Highway Act was enacted in 1956.
They said there is no benefit to allowing teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to do an immediate assessment.
FEMA teams typically arrive soon after states ask for help and begin evaluating whether the states meet the threshold for a disaster relief declaration, which qualifies them for aid.
Thats what happened in Kentucky and Indiana on Saturday after the governors of those states sought help.
Steve Beshear took a call from President Barack Obama while viewing storm damage in Kenton County and said he welcomed federal aid.
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