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 schools are rapidly falling behind
College has become unaffordable for many Ohio families, and Ohioans are leaving the state in mass to pursue opportunities elsewhere
Ohio’s opioid epidemic has gotten worse under Ohio Republicans, and Attorney General Mike DeWine in particular
Ohio Republicans’ failed tax policies — which have largely benefited the wealthiest Ohioans — have led to taxpayers paying more in local taxes