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Former U.S. House Budget Committee Chair John Kasich, a Republican running for Governor of Ohio, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge is a commitment to the taxpayers of Ohio to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

To date, 13 incumbent Ohio state legislators have signed the Pledge. Additionally, every Republican member of Ohio’s U.S. House delegation has taken the Pledge. Nationally, nine governors and over 1,100 state legislators nationwide have signed.

“Ohio residents need leaders committed to pulling Ohio out of the economic rut created by a perpetual tax-and-spend culture in Columbus. John Kasich was a true leader in Congress when he wrote the first balanced budget in decades. I commend him for reaffirming his commitment to the taxpayers of Ohio as a candidate for Governor,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“Ohio’s unemployment has doubled under Ted Strickland as its economy has stagnated, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. His answer to Ohio’s overspending problem was a crippling $844 million tax increase. John Kasich offers a fresh alternative for Ohioans struggling to survive in the Strickland economy.”

“I applaud John for his leadership and dedication to the ideals of limited government, as well as for putting the interest of the people ahead of the government’s desire for endless spending,” added Norquist. “I strongly encourage every candidate in Ohio and in elected offices throughout the country to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”