MARIETTA, OH--Tonight, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after Governor Kasich’s State of the State Address at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio:

"It's disappointing the Governor has called for more tax cuts that will benefit the wealthy at the expense of investing in Ohio’s future. This is a continuation of a failed policy that hasn't brought the results he claims. The truth is Ohio’s job growth rate has been below the national average for 39 consecutive months, and 1.8 million Ohioans live in poverty. Clearly, we are not doing enough to improve our economy and build a strong middle class.”

“Governor Kasich’s budgets were balanced largely on the backs of Ohio’s communities. This forced local leaders to take drastic actions – such as laying off or not hiring first responders – just to stay afloat. The state budget has also cut deeply into public education, leaving students and educators wondering where the Governor’s priorities lie.”

“Under Governor Kasich, Ohio’s education system has encountered significant problems. In just five years, our public education ranking has fallen from 5th to 23rd in the nation. In addition, recent investigations have found online charter schools are wasting potentially millions of taxpayer dollars each year. This cannot continue. Our students’ education must be a top priority for the Governor and the General Assembly.”

"While we have significant policy differences, I appreciate the Governor’s willingness to sit down and discuss issues with me earlier today. He expressed an interest in working together to pass important bipartisan legislation, such as reforms for online schools. My colleagues and I will continue to push for Democratic priority legislation, because we believe much more needs to be done to help middle class families.”  

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