Published: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 @ 6:45 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 @ 8:17 PM
By: Laura A. Bischoff – Columbus bureau
Ohio Gov. John Kasich used his 2017 State of the State address to call Ohioans on opposite sides of the partisan divide to find common ground on issues such as infant mortality, drug addiction and hunger.
“If we begin to work together, we will be surprised at how much progress we can make,” he said in a speech then went for 72 minutes. “We’ll begin to start the dialogue that can pull our country back together again….Working on these issues together in our community can bring us together. We need it.”
The governor took on the role of futurist, predicting that cutting-edge technologies will soon dramatically change education, jobs and lifestyles.
“The bottom line for almost everybody in almost every profession is this… if we aren’t prepared for change people are going to find ourselves out of a job,” Kasich said. “Change is coming whether we like it or not, so let’s accept the change but reject the fear and the hesitancy and the unwillingness to prepare. We must get ahead of the coming tsunami. We must act, not react.”
Kasich delivered his address at the Sandusky State Theatre.
Kasich announced he’ll create a task force of business and education leaders to “look into the future and try to anticipate what we might lose and what we might gain.”
He predicted that autonomous cars will dominate the roadways within a decade, drones will deliver groceries to customers’ doorsteps, and big data mining will solve problems in health care and agriculture. “Anybody ever seen the Jetsons?” he said.
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