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Ohio governor says he's for jobs, not anti-union

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he's against joblessness, not unions, and is working on a state budget proposal aimed at creating jobs and economic growth.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Republican worked on his budget Saturday as people rallied at the Statehouse to protest a bill that would limit unions' collective bargaining rights.

Kasich tells the newspaper unions are important but that Republicans working on Senate Bill 5 are trying to help government officials control spending and stand up for taxpayers and private-sector workers.

Kasich says he sometimes talks with fellow GOP governors but denies they're part of a coordinated effort to kill unions for public employees. He says he frequently talks to Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, where a similar bill has caused nearly two weeks of protests.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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