WILMINGTON, OH--Tonight, Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after the State of the State Address at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH: 

"After four years in office there were not many surprises in Governor Kasich's speech tonight.  We know his political philosophy and its consequences for this state.  Ohio still has nearly 61,000 fewer jobs than before the recession.  Poverty is up, median income is down and Ohio continues to trail most other states in job creation.
"What is the State of the State? That depends on whom you ask. If you're in the top tax brackets you're happy because the Governor is padding your bank account with another income tax cut.  But if you're like most Ohioans, you will be paying more taxes because of a tax shift that puts a greater burden on on the middle class.
"The Governor has also failed to address the future of our state by adequately investing in education.  More than half of Ohio's school districts would see a funding cut as a result of his budget proposal.  But, charter schools would see an increase in state funding.  That's a flawed plan that would move our state in the wrong direction. 
"The Governor should be focused on giving all Ohioans a brighter future, not just a few.  And that means investing in job training, education and our local communities."


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