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Ohio gov blasts Obama for remarks on new union law


Columbus, OH (AP) -- Ohio's governor says President Barack Obama should focus on tackling the nation's debt and balancing the budget before he weighs in on collective bargaining restrictions in states.

Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) remarks to reporters Wednesday come a day after Obama told Cleveland's WKYC-TV that he strongly disapproves of new laws restricting public employee unions in Ohio and Wisconsin. He said states should not use the financial crisis as an excuse to erode bargaining rights.

Ohio's new law affects 350,000 public workers. They can negotiate wages and certain work conditions but not health care, sick time or pension benefits. Wisconsin's law covers 175,000 workers, exempting police and firefighters.

Kasich, a Republican, says when Democrat Obama balances his budget, "then maybe he can have an opinion on what's going on in Ohio."

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