Rep. Howse Disputes Kasich's Rosy State Of The State Claims
Says too many Ohio families can't get ahead

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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 Cleveland lawmaker noted that the governor especially failed to address the real state of healthcare and communities in Ohio.

“I applaud the governor on his innovative initiatives and programs, however, I question the accessibility of these ideas and the reality of how he actually plans on reaching the people of Ohio,” said Howse. “I would like to have heard more of a game plan for tackling issues such as infant mortality in Ohio or criminal justice reform—issues that plague many of our poor and low-income families. Without proper attention to these significant problems in our state, it will be nearly impossible to see real progress.”

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.

Howse 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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