Across Ohio, media outlets are taking note of what homeowners and farmers have realized for years. Not only is Ohio’s job growth lagging its neighboring states, ranking 38th in the nation, but property taxes are also increasing under Governor Kasich. These facts poke serious holes in Kasich’s two major justifications for his reelection: a competitive economy and lower taxes.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald accepted six debate and forum invitations in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Zanesville, and Sandusky today. Additionally, the FitzGerald campaign challenged Governor Kasich to debates in Youngstown, Dayton, Lima, Toledo, and Marietta, so that Ohioans across the state could have the opportunity to hear the candidates debate issues relevant to their community. A complete list of the debate invitations FitzGerald accepted are below. Dates will be finalized following discussions with the Kasich campaign.
FitzGerald Campaign Communications Director Daniel McElhatton released the following statement on Governor Kasich’s refusal to obey a subpoena requiring him to testify in the Benjamin Suarez trial. Suarez is on trial for a pay-to-play campaign finance scheme involving Governor Kasich, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, and U.S. Congressman Jim Rennaci.
Thomas Suddes, a member of the editorial board, writes from Athens
Republicans grabbed control of the state Senate 30 years ago this November by pledging to cut Ohio’s income tax. They, and House Republicans, have vowed the same ever since.
So, last week, no surprise, Republican Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 483, a “mid-biennium review” that includes an array of tax cuts he sought, including doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income Ohioans.
Ohio has fifth largest jobs deficit, has not returned to pre-recession levels like other states
This morning, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released the May jobs report figures for Ohio. Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in May, but only because 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market. The survey of Ohio households in May actually showed the number of employed Ohioans actually dropped by 4,000.