As Governor Kasich Prepares to Deliver Final State of the State Address, A Look at How the Ohio GOP Agenda Has Harmed Ohio Families and Communities
As Republican Governor John Kasich prepares to deliver his final State of the State address, it’s abundantly clear that seven years of Ohio Republicans’ failed leadership has put Ohio on the wrong track. As The Columbus Dispatch reports, “the state’s recovery has been slow — below the national average for job growth — and Ohio ranks low or at mid-pack on other measures.”
Seven years of Republican control in Columbus has saddled Ohio with an anemic economy, including stagnant wages and weak job growth. Under Ohio Republicans’ watch, Ohio’s education system has plummeted in national rankings, while charter schools have been allowed to open and operate with little transparency or accountability. College has become unaffordable for many Ohio families, and Ohioans are leaving the state in droves to find jobs and opportunity elsewhere.
Meanwhile, under the watch of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio’s opioid crisis has rapidly worsened, killing thousands of Ohioans each year.
Here are just a few ways Republican control has left Ohio workers, families, and communities behind:
Ohio’s economy has stalled, with lagging job growth and stagnant wages
- Ohio ranks 33rd in the nation for job growth.
- As of July 2017, Ohio was one of only a few states to have fewer jobs than it had prior to the 2001 recession.
- Ohio’s unemployment rate remains higher than the national unemployment rate.
- As The Columbus Dispatch reports, “wage growth has been spotty, with paychecks barely changing for many.”
- Ohio’s most common jobs are low wage jobs, many of which pay poverty wages.
Ohio schools are rapidly falling behind
- In 2010, Ohio’s education system ranked 5th in the nation. Today, Ohio ranks 22nd.
- Many Ohio schools are receiving less state funding, forcing many districts to make up the difference through cuts or by raising local taxes.
- Under Ohio Republicans’ watch, troubled charter schools in Ohio — plagued by scandals, mismanagement, and an abysmal performance record — have grossly misspent taxpayer dollars with little transparency or accountability.
College has become unaffordable for many Ohio families, and Ohioans are leaving the state in mass to pursue opportunities elsewhere
- Tuition costs in Ohio are dramatically higher than the national average.
- Ohio now ranks worst in the nation when it comes to student debt, and 45th in the nation when it comes to college affordability.
- Between 2010-2015, college enrollment in Ohio dropped more than in any other state.
- Ohio is now one of the most-moved-from states in the nation, with many Ohioans leaving to pursue job opportunities elsewhere.
Ohio’s opioid epidemic has gotten worse under Ohio Republicans, and Attorney General Mike DeWine in particular
- Ohio has the second highest rate of overdose deaths in America, with more than 4,300 Ohioans dying from drug overdoses in 2016.
- During Mike Dewine’s tenure as attorney general, overdose deaths in Ohio have more than doubled.
Ohio Republicans’ failed tax policies — which have largely benefited the wealthiest Ohioans — have led to taxpayers paying more in local taxes
- In 2016 alone, 27 Ohio villages and cities asked voters to approve local income tax increases. According to Cleveland.com, officials in a majority of these cities said that cuts from the Republican-controlled legislature were directly to blame.
- As a result, Ohio isn’t able to invest in things that matter most to Ohio families, such as education, jobs, and our local communities.