Ohio Lags Nation in Job Growth Under John Kasich

Due to Slow Recovery, 100,00 Ohio Workers Can’t Find Jobs

COLUMBUS – This morning,  the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released the June jobs report and revised May figures for Ohio. The revised report for May showed that Ohio actually lost nearly 3,000 jobs. While the unemployment rate for June remained unchanged, the report showed another 5,000 Ohioans dropped out of the workforce, for the fourth consecutive month.

Just yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration released the latest data on unemployment insurance weekly claims.  While initial claims were down nationally, Ohio had the third largest increase in initial unemployment claims caused by layoffs in the transportation industry.

Earlier this month, National Public Radio’s economic series, Planet Money, released a comparison of post-recession job growth and loss of all fifty states from January 2008 to May 2014. The comparison shows Ohio ranks 41st in post-recession job growth, with jobs shrinking by 2.4 percent in the Buckeye State. The data in this study is further evidence contrary to Governor Kasich’s claim of successful job creation.

In response to this month’s economic data, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“Under John Kasich, Ohio’s job growth continues to drag behind the rest of the nation, and more people give up on finding a job in our state each month. Because Ohio’s recovery has been so slow, 100,000 Ohio workers haven’t found a job. Kasich’s policies have failed to create the jobs Ohioans need, all while shifting the tax burden onto middle class families.”

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT OHIO’S LAGGING ECONOMY:

Once again, Ohio had a subpar gain to that of the United States for 20 consecutive months,” he said. “What this means is that more than 100,000 Ohio workers can’t find a job because our recovery is too slow.” – Economic Research Analyst George Zeller.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (7/18/2014), “Ohio’s unemployment rate 5.5%; state gained 12,700 jobs in June.”]

“Ohio hasn’t had the big rebound like other states.”—Michael Wolf, an economist with Wells Fargo & Co. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

BACKGROUND

Nationally, the country now has more jobs than it did at its pre-recession level.  With today’s national jobs report for May, the country now has more jobs than it did before the 2008 recession.  [Source: New York Times (6/6/2014), “In Jobs Report, Two Milestones.”]

For the 20th straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average.  In reaction to the June jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “Ohio had a subpar gain to that of the United States for 20 consecutive months.” [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (7/18/2014), “Ohio’s unemployment rate 5.5%; state gained 12,700 jobs in June.”]

When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 38th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.  Now, Ohio is ranked 38th in the nation with a job growth rate  (.83%) lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 6/23/2014)]

In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

Job gains under Kasich are in lower paying industries than the jobs lost in the recession.  “Weekly hourly earnings in the industries that showed employment gains since the recession in Ohio range from $12 to about $25 per hour,” [Veronica Kalich, an economics professor at Baldwin Wallace University] said, adding that professional and business services came in a little higher. “Employment has not recovered in the higher paying jobs.”  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, (7/7/2014), “Ohio has not recovered 120,000 jobs lost since the recession: some say number higher.”]

Unemployment rate drop has been fueled by people leaving the workforce, not job creation.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 79,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 79,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In May alone, over 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market after shrinking 13,500 in April and 11k in March for a total drop of 38,500 for the last three months. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)]

 

Ohio Ranked Third Highest In New Weekly Unemployment Claims

As claims drop nationally, Ohio initial unemployment claims spike

COLUMBUS – This morning, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration released the latest data on unemployment insurance weekly claims.  And while initial claims were down nationally, Ohio had the third largest increase in initial unemployment claims caused by layoffs in the transportation industry.

Earlier this month, National Public Radio’s economic series, Planet Money, released a comparison of post-recession job growth and loss of all fifty states from January 2008 to May 2014. The comparison shows Ohio ranks 41st in post-recession job growth, with jobs shrinking by 2.4 percent in the Buckeye State. The data in this study is further evidence contrary to Governor Kasich’s claim of successful job creation.

In response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“Today we see yet even more evidence that as the nation’s economy heats up, Ohio’s economy flounders under John Kasich.  This is another clear indicator that Kasich’s policies have failed to create the jobs Ohioans need, all while shifting the tax burden onto middle class families. Because of Kasich, Ohio’s job growth is lagging behind the rest of the country.”

What others have said about Ohio’s economy in response to the latest economic data:

“Everybody in Ohio, employed or not, is suffering from Ohio’s sub-par recovery from the 2007 recession.”—Economic Research Analyst George Zeller.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (6/19/2014), “Wages flat in Ohio, decline locally; state job growth below national average, Labor Department says.”]

“Ohio hasn’t had the big rebound like other states.”—Michael Wolf, an economist with Wells Fargo & Co. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

BACKGROUND

Nationally, the country now has more jobs than it did at its pre-recession level.  With today’s national jobs report for May, the country now has more jobs than it did before the 2008 recession.  [Source: New York Times (6/6/2014), “In Jobs Report, Two Milestones.”]

Ohio still has nearly 140,000 jobs to regain to return to its pre-recession levels—the fifth highest deficit in the nation.  Ohio has 139,900 jobs left to regain before returning to its pre-recession number of jobs it had in June 2007.  Alaska, Colorado, D.C., Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah all have regained all the jobs lost recession roughly a year ago, yet Ohio has the fifth largest amount of jobs left to regain to reach its pre-recession numbers.   Neighboring West Virginia reached its pre-recession jobs number back in February.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, seasonally adjusted (accessed 6/19/2014.)]

When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 38th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.  Now, Ohio is ranked 38th in the nation with a job growth rate  (.83%) lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 6/23/2014)]

In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

For the 19th straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average.  In reaction to the May jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “Ohio has now gone 19 consecutive months with Ohio’s job growth below the U.S.A. national average.”  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

Job gains under Kasich are in lower paying industries than the jobs lost in the recession.  “Weekly hourly earnings in the industries that showed employment gains since the recession in Ohio range from $12 to about $25 per hour,” [Veronica Kalich, an economics professor at Baldwin Wallace University] said, adding that professional and business services came in a little higher. “Employment has not recovered in the higher paying jobs.”  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, (7/7/2014), “Ohio has not recovered 120,000 jobs lost since the recession: some say number higher.”]

Unemployment rate drop has been fueled by people leaving the workforce, not job creation.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 79,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 79,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In May alone, over 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market after shrinking 13,500 in April and 11k in March for a total drop of 38,500 for the last three months. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)]

DeWine Campaign: DeWine’s done all he can

DeWine’s silence on treatment funding cuts hurts fight to end Ohio’s growing heroin problem

Columbus – At the beginning of this month, a $20 million shortfall in local government substance abuse treatment takes affect under a new Kasich Administration policy in how it handles federal grant money for treatment.  [Source: Toledo Blade (5/30/2014), “Kasich’s funding for centers criticized.”]  In addition, recent budgetary changes by the Kasich Administration will redirect funding ordinarily given to local mental health and drug treatment boards and reallocate it for state spending.  [Source: Toledo Blade (6/30/2014), “Risky Budget.”]

As Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald and Democratic Attorney General nominee David Pepper have traveled the state raising awareness of these treatment funding shortfalls, the Ohio Republican Party accused those who criticized the cuts in local funding as nothing more than people “want[ing] more money for government.” [Source: Mansfield News Journal (6/5/2014)].   Yesterday, a DeWine campaign spokesman stated that as it relates to Ohio’s growing heroin epidemic: “DeWine is doing all he can.”  [Source: CityBeat (7/15/2014), “Sights Set.”]

In response to the DeWine campaign’s spokesman comments, Ohio Democratic Party Deputy Communication Director Brian Hester said:

“It is outrageous for DeWine to claim he’s doing all he can to battle a heroin epidemic after saying nothing as the state cut $20 million from local addiction treatment.  A true leader speaks up against bad policy that hurts Ohio families.  If we’ve seen everything Mike DeWine can do to combat this epidemic, then we need new leadership with David Pepper in the Attorney General’s Office.”

While Ohio Republicans call treatment dollars wasteful spending, officials on the frontline of the crisis say these cuts will have a real impact on struggling families and communities:

Executive Director of Lorain County’s Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board:  “People understand why families need support and treatment now more than ever. With this reduction, we’re going to have to tell them again services aren’t available unless you’re Medicaid eligible.” [AP, 5/23/2014]

Executive Director of the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board: “It’s going to reduce our available funds for community services that will be replaced by local levy dollars. Once again it’s an over-reliance on local funding to shore up what the state has started. We’re willing to do this because there are necessary services embedded with those dollars that are critical. Clients receiving those services should not be unduly impacted because of this funding change.” [Toledo Blade, 5/30/2014]

Executive Director of Butler County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board: “As more people come into residential services, Medicaid only pays for part of the bill, he said. It does not pay for room and board and supervision — ‘and those costs have increased,’ Bohley said. ‘(Medicaid expansion) is creating new demand for residential services and other services for childcare.’” [Journal News, 5/30/2014]

“The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, which represents local boards, suggested a one-year delay in the funding change to see if the recent Medicaid expansion could help.” [Plain Dealer, 5/30/2014]

BACKGROUND

Kasich & DeWine response to heroin is largely a State-driven program of community town halls that ignores local drug enforcement agencies.“Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine are spearheading a new “Start Talking” program to reduce heroin use in the state, especially for school-aged children.  But, local drug enforcement agencies said they have not been included in the new statewide program.” [Source: WKBN, (4/29/2014)]

Lack of Treatment Is “A Statewide Embarrassment,” State Officials Have Only Given a “Pep Talk”: The Plain Dealer has called the lack of treatment capacity a “statewide embarrassment.” [Source: Plain Dealer (2/18/14), “Drug treatment must be funding priority for Kasich.”]

The Coshocton Tribune said that with few resources from the state, it is “disparaging when an elected official travels around the state giving what amounts to nothing more than a pep talk.” [Source: Coshocton Tribune (2/1/2014), “Talk is cheap; money needed to fight drugs.]

New Business Filings Poor Economic Indicator

COLUMBUS – Today, Secretary of State Jon Husted released the latest monthly report on new business filings with his office.  However, a review of the Secretary of State’s reports on business filings compared to seasonally adjusted employment data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (CES Survey) shows that as the number of business filings have increased the last three years, job creation has actually dropped 37%:

BusinessFilingsvJobCreationIn response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“The fact that Jon Husted is touting this bogus stat shows how desperate they are to distract Ohioans for stalling an economy that was growing more jobs and growing fast before they took office.  If there’s anything we’ve seen in the last three years, there is no connection between an increase in business filings and job creation.”

What others have said about Ohio’s economy in response to the latest economic data:

  • “Everybody in Ohio, employed or not, is suffering from Ohio’s sub-par recovery from the 2007 recession.”—Economic Research Analyst George Zeller.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (6/19/2014), “Wages flat in Ohio, decline locally; state job growth below national average, Labor Department says.”]
  • “Ohio hasn’t had the big rebound like other states.”—Michael Wolf, an economist with Wells Fargo & Co. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]
  • “The Republicans’ relative silence on today’s report is telling. It speaks to the overall meh-ness of the numbers . . .” [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/20/2014), “BLS Hysteria, June edition.”]

BACKGROUND

As new business filings increased in Ohio, job creation dropped by 37%.  According to the Secretary of State’s office, there was 82,601 new business filings in 2011 and 88,068 in 2012 and 89,735 in 2013.  [Source: Ohio Secretary of State’s website, Review of Press Releases from 2011 until present (accessed 7/14/2014)].  However, Ohio went from gaining 81,100 jobs in 2011 to only 75,800 in 2012 to just 51,000 in 2013—an over 37% decrease since 2011.  [Source:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics CES Survey, seasonally adjusted figures (accessed 7/14/2014).]

When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 38th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.  Now, Ohio is ranked 38th in the nation with a job growth rate  (.83%) lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 6/23/2014)]

In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

For the 19th straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average.  In reaction to the May jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “Ohio has now gone 19 consecutive months with Ohio’s job growth below the U.S.A. national average.”  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

Unemployment rate drop has been fueled by people leaving the workforce, not job creation.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 79,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 79,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In May alone, over 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market after shrinking 13,500 in April and 11k in March for a total drop of 38,500 for the last three months. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)]

Economist: “A declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.”  Mekael Teshome, an economist for PNC Bank noted that recent drops in the unemployment rate “wasn’t entirely for the right reasons” noting that “[a] declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.” [Source: Youngstown Vindicator (4/23/2014), “Economists cast doubt on unemployment figures.”]

Ohio’s economy grew less in 2013 than it did in 2010.  According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ohio’s GDP grew 2.5% in 2010 compared to the initial projected 1.8% in 2013.  [Source:  U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release (6/11/2014).]

Last year, thirty other States had stronger personal income growth than Ohio.  According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ohio ranked 31st in the nation, trailing the national average, in personal income growth.  Ohio also ranked 30th in the nation in per capita personal income.  [U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release (3/25/2014).]

An Utter Failure of Leadership

Gov. Kasich & Auditor Yost botch investigation of growing charter school scandal

Columbus – In December 2013, teacher Matt Blair asked the Ohio Department of Education to investigate widespread cheating by officials at the Horizon Science Academy charter school such as the school keeping “at risk” students out of class during standardized tests and school officials filling out standardized test answers.

Instead of thoroughly investigating the allegations, the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) sent a questionnaire asking the charter school if it had any policies against such cheating with the instructions to “feel free to keep your responses brief and ‘positive.’”  [Source: Hannah Report (6/25/2014), “Teacher Turns to State Board, Auditor with Charter Allegations.”]  After news of ODE poor investigation become public, ODE vowed to do another investigation.  [Source: Dayton Daily News (6/26/2014), “State re-checking charter school accusations.”]

Frustrated by the poor response by ODE, the Ohio Education Association (OEA) asked State Auditor Dave Yost to investigate, months after another former employee had already asked him to investigate the charter school’s financial data and State testing information.  Only after State Representative John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) asked Yost to investigate, Yost’s office replied that if they investigate and find wrongdoing it will report it to the Ohio Department of Education—the same agency that had already ran a sham investigation in the first place.  [Source:  Gongwer (7/8/2014), “Politics Notebook: Carney Criticizes Audits of Horizon Charters.”]

In response to the continued lack of serious attention to this growing charter school scandal, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“The charter school system in Ohio is broken and many are producing the poorest results in education, but Republicans like Governor Kasich and State Auditor Dave Yost are ideologically blind to address it.  Where can taxpayers turn for protection when faced with such a systematic failure of government accountability across the board?  In order to have an Ohio Department of Education that will put students and taxpayers first over corporate charter school executives, we need change in Columbus.”

July PPP Poll Shows Ohio Races In A Dead Heat

COLUMBUS- Today, Public Policy Polling released a July 2014 poll of the Ohio statewide races. The poll found the gubernatorial race has tightened, showing 44% of Ohio voters would support Democratic nominee Ed FitzGerald, and 45% would support Republican Governor John Kasich. More information is available HERE.

In the race for Ohio Treasurer, Connie Pillich holds a three-point lead over incumbent Josh Mandel, at 46% to 43%. More information is available HERE .

In the race for Secretary of State, Nina Turner is within three points of Republican Jon Husted, at 42% to 45%.  More information is available HERE.

In the race for Ohio Auditor, 40% of respondents said they would vote for John Patrick Carney and 42% would support incumbent Dave Yost. More information is available HERE.

In response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“As voters learn more about the Democratic candidates, the more confident we become that our ticket will be successful, and this polling reflects just that. Voters know that Republican policies have been a failure with Ohio’s job growth lagging behind the rest of the nation, Ohioans giving up on their job search, and they are ready for Democrats who fight every day for an Ohio that works for everyone.”

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ODP Chairman Statement on RNC Selection of Cleveland for the 2016 RNC National Convention

COLUMBUSThis afternoon, the Republican National Committee announced that it had selected Cleveland to be the host city for the 2016 RNC National Convention.  In response to today’s RNC Announcement, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“It is great that Republicans across the country will spend seven days in Cuyahoga County seeing the fruits of the successful leadership of Ed FitzGerald, Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County’s next County Executive, Armond Budish.  The region’s rebirth is due to their leadership and the hard work of the people of Cuyahoga County.”

John Boehner And John Kasich Together Again

Does Kasich Share Boehner’s Views On Issues Effecting Ohioans?

Today, Governor Kasich and Speaker John Boehner will appear together in Findlay to dedicate the Michael G. Oxley Government Center at the Hancock Historical Museum, an event closed to the public.

While they are both in Ohio for a rare joint-appearance, it’s a good time to ask Governor Kasich if he agrees with the deeply partisan, massively unpopular, Tea Party controlled House Speaker on issues that are hurting Ohioans.

 

QUESTION 1: Governor Kasich, do you agree with Speaker Boehner that the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling was “a victory for religious freedom and a defeat for big government?”

QUESTION 2:   Speaker Boehner, you said Thursday that “too many Americans are still asking, ‘where are the jobs?’” Are you disappointed that in your home state of Ohio, under Kasich we are lagging behind the rest of the nation in job growth?

QUESTION 3: Governor Kasich, do you support Speaker Boehner’s refusal to allow a vote on a bill that would have extended federal unemployment benefits from expiring, which will potentially hurt more than 128,000 Ohioans?

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Economic Study: Ohio Ranks 41st in Post-Recession Job Growth Under John Kasich

COLUMBUS – Last week, National Public Radio’s economic series, Planet Money, released a comparison of post-recession job growth and loss of all fifty states from January 2008 to May 2014. The comparison shows Ohio ranks 41st in post-recession job growth, with jobs shrinking by 2.4 percent in the Buckeye State. The data in this study is further evidence contrary to Governor Kasich’s claim of successful job creation.

In response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“Under John Kasich, Ohio’s economy is lagging behind while the rest of the nation recovers. In this study, Ohio’s job growth is pitiful, ranked at 41st behind most of the country. This is yet another indicator that Kasich’s policies of shifting the tax burden onto working families are not working, and not creating the jobs Ohioans need.”

This is another among many indicators that Ohio’s economic recovery is lagging behind the rest of the nation.   Among other concerns cited in Ohio’s economy since Governor Kasich took office:

  • Discouraged workers are driving Ohio’s dropping unemployment rate.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 79,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 79,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In May alone, over 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market after shrinking 13,500 in April and 11k in March for a total drop of 38,500 for the last three months. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)]

o   Economist: “A declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.”  Mekael Teshome, an economist for PNC Bank noted that recent drops in the unemployment rate “wasn’t entirely for the right reasons” noting that “[a] declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.” [Source: Youngstown Vindicator (4/23/2014), “Economists cast doubt on unemployment figures.”]

  • Ohio’s slowing job growth rate.  For the 19th straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average. In reaction to the May jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “Ohio has now gone 19 consecutive months with Ohio’s job growth below the U.S.A. national average.”  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

o   When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 38th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.  Now, Ohio is ranked 38th in the nation with a job growth rate (.83%), lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 6/23/2014)]

o   In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

  • Job gains are in lower paying industries than the jobs lost.  “Weekly hourly earnings in the industries that showed employment gains since the recession in Ohio range from $12 to about $25 per hour,” [Veronica Kalich, an economics professor at Baldwin Wallace University] said, adding that professional and business services came in a little higher. “Employment has not recovered in the higher paying jobs.”  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, (7/7/2014), “Ohio has not recovered 120,000 jobs lost since the recession: some say number higher.”]

$20 million local heroin treatment shortfall begins today

Ohio Republican Party spokesman:

Drug treatment funding is nothing more than “more money for government”

Columbus – Today, a $20 million shortfall in local government substance abuse treatment takes affect under a new Kasich Administration policy in how it handles federal grant money for treatment.  [Source: Toledo Blade, (5/30/2014)]  In addition, recent budgetary changes by the Kasich Administration will redirect funding ordinarily given to local mental health and drug treatment boards and reallocate it for State spending.  [Source: Toledo Blade (6/30/2014), “Risky Budget.”]

As Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald and Democratic Attorney General nominee David Pepper have traveled the State raising awareness of these treatment funding shortfalls, the Ohio Republican Party accused those who criticized the cuts in local funding as nothing more than people “want[ing] more money for government.” [Source: Mansfield News Journal (6/5/2014)]

While Ohio Republicans call treatment dollars wasteful spending, officials on the frontline of the crisis say these cuts will have a real impact on struggling families and communities:

Executive Director of Lorain County’s Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board:  “People understand why families need support and treatment now more than ever. With this reduction, we’re going to have to tell them again services aren’t available unless you’re Medicaid eligible.” [AP, 5/23/2014]

Executive Director of the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board: “It’s going to reduce our available funds for community services that will be replaced by local levy dollars. Once again it’s an over-reliance on local funding to shore up what the state has started. We’re willing to do this because there are necessary services embedded with those dollars that are critical. Clients receiving those services should not be unduly impacted because of this funding change.” [Toledo Blade, 5/30/2014]

Executive Director of Butler County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board: “As more people come into residential services, Medicaid only pays for part of the bill, he said. It does not pay for room and board and supervision — ‘and those costs have increased,’ Bohley said. ‘(Medicaid expansion) is creating new demand for residential services and other services for childcare.’” [Journal News, 5/30/2014]

“The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, which represents local boards, suggested a one-year delay in the funding change to see if the recent Medicaid expansion could help.” [Plain Dealer, 5/30/2014]

BACKGROUND

Kasich & DeWine response to heroin is largely a State-driven program of community town halls that ignores local drug enforcement agencies.“Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine are spearheading a new “Start Talking” program to reduce heroin use in the state, especially for school-aged children. But, local drug enforcement agencies said they have not been included in the new statewide program.” [WKBN,4/29/2014]

Lack of Treatment Is “A Statewide Embarrassment,” State Officials Have Only Given a “Pep Talk”: The Plain Dealer has called the lack of treatment capacity a “statewide embarrassment.” [Plain Dealer, 2/18/14]. The Coshocton Tribune said that with few resources from the state, it is “disparaging when an elected official travels around the state giving what amounts to nothing more than a pep talk.” [Coshocton Tribune2/1/2014]

Ed Fitzgerald’s county heroin program called a “national model” by U.S. Attorney.  Steven M. Dettlebach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District Ohio praised the efforts of Cuyahoga County to tackle the heroin epidemic in Cuyahoga County as a protocol that “needs to be a national model.”  [Source: Cuyahoga County Government Press Conference (4/22/2014)]

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