Fedor: Real State Of The State Shows Ohio Losing Ground To Too Many Other State
Ohioans continue to miss out on economic growth and opportunity
March 06, 2018
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Ohio House Democratic lawmakers this evening responded to Gov. Kasich’s annual State of the State address in Westerville, Ohio. Though the governor touted a comeback for the Buckeye State, House Democrats noted that Ohioans disproportionately face lower quality-of-life standards than the rest of the nation. 

“I am proud to be an Ohioan and I am proud to call this great state my home, but I am continually saddened that many of the issues that have faced our state throughout recent years remain unsolved,” said Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). “I believe our state government can do better for Ohio. I believe that the dreams we have for ourselves, our families, our homes and our state can come true. However, the one-sided path we have been following has been hurting us, putting these dreams in jeopardy."

“Tonight, I wanted to see some plans made to protect and clean up Lake Erie. Toledo is my home, it is my constituents’ home, and the safety of our water is under threat. I hope to see many of the promises made tonight come true, and I hope the next administration and the state will have a greater focus on protecting Lake Erie and those who depend on it.”

After the last 7 years of total Republican control of state government, 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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