State Representative Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today responded to Governor Kasich’s final State of the State.  House Democrats noted Ohio’s continued downward slide in key quality of life factors like education, healthcare and opportunity for working families to get ahead under the governor’s watch.

“I, like most Ohioans, wanted to hear the Governor’s plans and priorities for his final year in office; what we got was a philosophy lecture.  When the Governor finally did mention policy, it was glossed over and obfuscated.  Less opioids prescribed don’t matter if more people are dying on fentanyl.  Less people going to prison doesn’t matter if they’re still in County jails.  We need to work on the root of these problems, not just shift the numbers.  Unfortunately, after the Governor mentions real crises like infant mortality and poverty, and how we don’t want to leave anyone behind, he follows it up with “we can’t get to everybody”.  Those are just the emergencies,” said Ramos.

“Elected leaders can’t just preach compassion, they have to back it up with the action of their position. The simple fact is after eight years with Governor Kasich at the helm, and his Party in total control of both houses, far too many problems haven’t been solved, and many have gotten worse. We need to do better. Ohioans deserve better.”

In recent years, Ohio has dropped from 5th to 22nd in education, and ranks first in student debt and near last in college affordability. Though the state has seen an uptick in high school graduation rates in recent years, rates for minority students remain among the worst in the country.

Despite funding increases in the state budget to fight the state’s ongoing opioid crisis, deaths from opioid-related overdoses rose by 39 percent last year, nearly triple the national average. Ongoing issues with infant mortality and access to health care for women, infants and children, among other factors, rank the Buckeye State 39th in the nation in overall health.

Ohio’s job growth has trailed the national average for five straight years, and in 2017 ranked 33rd overall in job growth. In the past decade, middle class Ohioans have seen the sixth worst decline in wages as share of total income among U.S. states. In addition, Ohio incomes have dropped more than six percent in recent decades, which ranks worse than all but three other states.

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As Ohio college students don their caps and gowns this month, many will leave school with mountains of debt for four-year degrees. In fact, Ohio families and students face the highest burden of student loan debt in the nation, with the Buckeye State ranking 45th nationally for college affordability. With college out of reach for too many families and students, state Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today introduced legislation to cover 90 percent of the cost for students to attend public college in Ohio. The Ohio Lets Everyone Achieve Right Now (LEARN) tax credit would make Ohio the first state to make college truly affordable for all students.