John Kasich Plans to Give His Staff Raises While the Rest of Ohio Suffers | Cleveland Leader "Kasich ran as a fiscal conservative and promised to cut government spending at all levels. Giving his staff raises flies in the face of everything that he ran for and brings the culture of greed and corruption from Wall Street right to Ohio. " "Under Ted Strickland, the Communications Director (Keith Dailey) has a salary of $89,003. Under Kasich, the same position (Scott Milburn) will make $120,000. Strickland's Press Secretary Amanda Wurst makes $69,992, and Kasich's will get $90,000. Strickland's Chief of Staff John Haseley makes $122,990. Under the proposal, Kasich's Beth Hansen will make $170,000. But it gets worse. Not only is Kasich bumping up the pay of existing positions, he's also creating brand new positions to make sure that his buddies are taken care of. For example, he created the position of Special Assistant to the Governor with a salary of $145,000 per year for his long-time friend, Jai Chabria."