Rep. Ramos: Poor Economic Growth Undercuts Kasich's Bold State Of The State Claims
Says campaign rhetoric doesn't match state's economic reality
April 06, 2016
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State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today reacted to Governor’s Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that the reality on the ground for working people does not match the rosy picture painted by the governor Wednesday night in Marietta. The Columbus lawmaker noted that the governor especially failed to address the real state of the economy in Ohio.

“With economic problems like stagnating wages, unaffordable higher education, and— locally—the decimation of our all-important steel industry, I was really hoping the Governor would have brought forward some new creative solutions to the huge problems Ohioans are facing,” said Ramos. “Instead, we heard more of the same message we’ve been hearing for months. The Governor touted his tax shifts that disproportionately help the rich, while hurting working people. It would be great if the only solution Ohio Republicans offered actually worked, but far too often, they've allowed things to go from bad to worse.”

Under Gov. Kasich, Ohio’s highest unemployment rate has risen to 22nd highest in in the nation while private sector job growth has tumbled to 26th during the last year alone. And, for many struggling families, the jobs that are available do not provide enough to help make ends meet. Middle-income families in Ohio are bringing home $4,000 less than the average middle-income family in America, while an astounding 20 percent of Ohio children are living in poverty – more now than during the Great Recession.

Ramos highlighted that in contrast to the governor making a pit-stop from the campaign to come to Marietta, Democratic lawmakers are hard at work at the statehouse pushing legislation that will have a real positive impact on working families. In January, Democratic leaders of the House and Senate announced their “Focus on The Future” agenda; an eight-bill package Democrats say will ensure economic stability for the next generation of working people in Ohio.  

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