MEDINA, Ohio- Today, State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) listened to Gov. Kasich lay out his priorities and recap some past policies during his State of the State address in Medina, Ohio. Gov. Kasich used the Medina venue as an opportunity to herald a state economy that has come to a grinding halt over the last year. Ohio trailed the nation in job creation over the last year and is one of four states in the country whose economy is not expanding according to the Federal Reserve.

“Tonight, Ohioans deserved an address that outlined a new pathway forward and a break from the same failed policies that have left 416,000 Ohioans without work, 1 in 6 Ohio households hungry, and left us 45th in the nation in job growth in 2013.” Rep. Ramos continued, “Instead, Ohioans witnessed our Governor double down on the same failed economic policies that have repeatedly put the interests of those most fortunate ahead of our communities, ahead of our schools, and ahead of so many Ohioans who are ready and willing to get back to work.”

Gov. Kasich also talked taxes during the event, promising to further cut Ohio’s income tax—a move that favors the very wealthiest. Since Gov. Kasich dished out his first round of tax breaks targeted at the wealthy—middle and working class Ohioans have felt the effects of his sales and property tax increases across the state.

Kasich offered no plans to prioritize schools and local communities after his initial historic state budget cuts of $2 billion and $1 billion, respectively. Instead, the Governor seemed to gloss over the lack of investment, focusing on new “deregulation” initiatives that seem to indicate a stronger corporate presence in Ohio schools. The Kasich administration has yet to offer any steps in working to fix Ohio’s unconstitutional school funding formula.

Gov. Kasich also tried his hand at conveying an understanding of Ohio’s impoverished population, yet more than 10,000 vulnerable Ohioans were stripped of their SNAP benefits last year due to his new restrictions. Ohio was the 7th most impoverished state in the US with over 1.8 million Ohioans living below the poverty line. 

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