Yesterday, the Kasich-Taylor campaign released a web ad, “Ohio’s Comeback.” The web makes no citation for any of its claims, most likely because many of the asserted claims by Governor Kasich on the economy are blatantly untrue and extremely misleading.
In response to the Governor’s false political ad, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:
“When John Kasich came into office, Ohio was creating jobs and leading the nation in economic recovery. With Kasich behind the wheel, Ohio is stuck in neutral and working families and hurting while the Governor entertains delusional fantasizes of being President. Kasich’s policies have failed to create the jobs Ohioans need, all while shifting the tax burden onto middle class families.”
FALSE CLAIM #1: “4 years ago … Ohio was 48th in job growth.”
FACT: By the time of the November 2010 election, Ohio was 18th in job creation with a job creation rate (1.02%) nearly twice the national rate (.54%) over the 12-month period. Now, Ohio ranks 41st in job growth (.58%), which is less than a third of the national job creation rate compared to 12 months prior. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, Job Growth USA website (not seasonally adjusted figures.)]
FALSE CLAIM #2: “4 years ago… highest unemployment rate in history.”
FACT: At the height of the 2008-2009 recession, Ohio’s unemployment rate peaked at 10.6% from July 2009 until February 2010. However, Ohio’s unemployment rate exceeded that from December 1981-October 1983, where Ohio’s unemployment rate peaked at 13.9%. The video also ignores that the unemployment rate in Ohio has gone up over the summer back to the same levels as in April. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (seasonally adjusted)]
FALSE CLAIM #3: “4 years ago…$8 billion projected budget shortfall.”
FACT: This claim is the biggest lie in Ohio political history. Ohio has a constitutional requirement to balance the budget. In fact, the last Strickland Administration budget ended with a surplus. As the Plain Dealer reported, using the term “deficit” when describing “one time” money was inaccurate when it concluded that “what once seemed true is now evolving as we learn more.” The Plain Dealer resolved that the entire claim was based on “faulty assumptions” regarding the state’s revenues, expenses, and economic growth made by Tim Keen, Kasich’s Director of Budget and Management.
FALSE CLAIM #4: “4 years ago… only $0.89 Cents in Ohio’s Rainy Day Fund.”
FACTS: This claim ignores “that first payment the Kasich administration made to the rainy-day fund — $246.9 million in July of 2011 — came at the completion of the last two-year budget former Gov. Ted Strickland signed into law.” Kasich’s claim ignores that Strickland left a substantial surplus that replenished the rainy day fund. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (7/11/2013).]
FALSE CLAIM #5: Kasich in 2010: “300,000 Ohioans have no job.”
FACT: As of August 2014, 323,811 Ohioans are unemployed and that figure does not include how many of the 90,759 Ohioans that have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office who dropped out because they simply gave up looking for a job in Ohio. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (seasonally adjusted)].
FALSE CLAIM #6: Fox News Host Chris Wallace: “Your state has been the number five job creator in the nation and number one in the Midwest.”
Ohio presently ranks as 41st in job creation. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, Job Growth USA website (not seasonally adjusted figures.)]
Ohio has the lowest job creation rate in the region. Ohio’s job creation rate for the past twelve months is half of West Virginia’s and nearly a third of Kentucky’s or Michigan’s, according to the Governor’s Office of Budget and Management. [Source: Ohio Office of Budget & Management, September Monthly Financial Report, pg. 4]
After losing nearly 3,000 jobs in May, the revised July figure showed Ohio lost 8,600 jobs—the second largest monthly job loss in the nation. Ohio actually has fewer jobs now than in April. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (revised July data)(seasonally adjusted.)]