Rep. Sykes Disputes Kasich's Rosy State Of The State Claims
Says facts show too many Ohioans can't get ahead

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today reacted to Governor 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.

“It’s sad to say that Ohioans continue to feel the burden of ineffective GOP policies that have left many hard working Ohioans behind,” said Sykes. “Kasich’s Ohio seems to be advancing quite well, but the real Ohio is suffering at the bottom of the nation in health rankings, all while maintaining one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the country, which disproportionately affects the black community. I am hopeful that the general assembly can get back to working for the people of this state.”

Dismal infant mortality rates have also plagued the state on Kasich’s watch, with Ohio remaining near last in the death of African American babies before they reach their first birthday. Death rates for white infants isn’t much better, with Ohio stuck among the top five states where more babies die before they reach their first birthday.

Kasich also recently defunded Planned Parenthood in the state, even though polls indicate 65 percent of Ohioans opposed defunding the organization, which provides breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV testing and infertility treatment, and infant safe sleep education for tens of thousands of Ohioans. The Kasich Administration has shuttered nearly half of state abortion clinics in Ohio since 2013.

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