Public Policy Polling Releases Latest Poll of 2014 Races

COLUMBUS- Today, Public Policy Polling released the latest poll of Ohio statewide races, showing competitive races across the board.

In the race for Ohio Governor, 44% of respondents said they would vote for Ed FitzGerald, and 50% said they would vote for incumbent Republican 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 47% to 44%. More information is available here.

In the race for Secretary of State, Nina Turner is within three points of Republican Jon Husted, at 43% to 46%.  More information is available here.

In the race for Ohio Auditor, 42% of respondents said they would vote for John Patrick Carney and 44% would support incumbent Dave Yost. More information is available here.

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

“This polling reinforces what we already know: Voters want to talk about the serious issues affecting Ohioans, like our weak economy, our struggling public schools, cleaning up corruption in government, or the threat to Ohio’s natural resources, and that is what our Democratic candidates are focused on every day. They have a vision for a fair Ohio that works for everyone,  and that is why voters will choose them in this election.”

The margin of error in this data is 3.5%.

DeWine Sexual Harassment Victim Did Not Recant In Sworn Testimony as DeWine Claims

DeWine’s own office records refute his latest statements

COLUMBUS –Yesterday, Attorney General Mike DeWine defended his controversial personal interference in an internal sexual harassment investigation in which the alleged victim described her harasser as an older male in a senior position who was a “close friend” to Mike DeWine.  DeWine, and his campaign, have made a number of statements yesterday that are directly rebutted by records of the matter maintained by DeWine’s own office.

I.   No, the alleged sexual harassment victim did not recant her allegations as Mike DeWine has now claimed.

DeWine  claimed that the alleged victim “recanted” her allegations under oath.  A spokesman for DeWine’s campaign claimed that an investigation “by law enforcement concluded there was no evidence of any wrongdoing.”  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (8/11/2014), “Democrats continue to accuse DeWine of interfering with sexual harassment investigation.”]

However, the same story notes that instead the former intern testified under oath that her harasser inappropriately touched her on shoulder and knee on occasions such that she felt very uncomfortable being around this person.  And while Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien (R) reported the harasser’s alleged conduct did not rise to a felony offense, he concluded it could constitute a misdemeanor criminal charge that another office would have jurisdiction to prosecute instead.  Furthermore, O’Brien suggested that after having what the former intern thought was a confidential matter be shared openly among DeWine’s senior staff, the victim may have intentionally changed her story as to the extent of her harasser’s misconduct to “in order to achieve her purpose to have the matter concluded without further action.”

Furthermore, O’Brien cautioned DeWine’s office to “monitor male employees in the Education section for signs of sexual harassment” as described by the former intern.  [Source: Report of Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien to the AGO dated May 24, 2013.]  O’Brien’s report specifically refutes DeWine and his campaign’s statement that the victim “recanted” or that O’Brien’s investigation concluded there was “no evidence of any wrongdoing.”

II.  Mike DeWine’s explanation about how he learned the identity of confidential source in sexual harassment probe contradicted by DeWine’s own signed witness statement.

In an interview with WBNS CBS-10 of Columbus, DeWine claimed that the investigator “mentioned” to him that there was a confidential informant who had given some information, but not enough.  DeWine claimed he then asked for the informant’s name and talked to him.  [Source: WBNS (8/11/2014), “DeWine Answers Questions On Handling Of Sexual Harassment Case.”]

However, DeWine’s own signed witness statement with the investigator indicates that DeWine demanded the meeting with the investigator and then he raised the subject of the confidential informant before demanding the disclosure of that person’s identity over the investigator’s objections.  [Source: Witness Statement of R. M. DeWine dated August 5, 2013.]  DeWine, apparently, made no record of his subsequent conversation with the informant, including any reporting back to the EEO investigator.

In response to DeWine’s intentional misrepresentation of the facts of his involvement in an internal sexual harassment probe, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said:

“As multiple sexual harassment experts call DeWine’s outing of a confidential source improper, Mike DeWine continues to mislead Ohioans on the details of this investigation that went awry.  DeWine’s own written statement and a written report from the Franklin County Prosecutor directly contradicts DeWine’s claims.  It’s time for Mike DeWine to stop lying about this investigation and come clean about protecting his close friend instead of a young intern.”

BACKGROUND

A representative from the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio said that breaching the confidentiality of an alleged victim is “another barrier to reporting sexual harassment.”  [Source: WBNS CBS 10 (8/11/2014).]

An attorney who specialized in sexual harassment cases criticized DeWine’s actions:

Robert A. Klingler, a Cincinnati lawyer whose firm specializes in sexual-harassment issues, said involvement by a top official or company president in a sexual-harassment case creates an appearance of impropriety. Klingler, who is not involved in the attorney general matter, said DeWine’s involvement, however well intended, might be seen as trying to “shape” the testimony of a potential witness.

It also could have a “chilling effect on future informants who would think twice about coming forward on a confidential basis.”  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (8/8/14), “DeWine’s role in office sexual-harassment probe is questioned.”]

Husted’s suppression efforts have costs taxpayers over $400,000

Firm that has donated to Husted’s campaign lands work defending his office

COLUMBUS – According to public records of legal bills filed by private firms retained to represent the Ohio Secretary of State’s office during Husted’s tenure shows that firms have made over $400,000.00 defending Husted’s office against legal challenges to Husted’s actions as Secretary of State.   In 2013, the State of Ohio paid the Wiley Rein law firm $285,902.50 to unsuccessfully defend Jon Husted’s attempt to cut early voting in Ohio before the 2012 general election alone.

Ohio also paid Bricker & Eckler over $100,000.00 to also represent the office in the Obama for America v. Husted as well as the Lieberman v. Husted case. Since 2010, Brickler & Eckler have donated $8,000.00 to Husted’s campaign, according to his campaign finance reports.

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

“Jon Husted’s illegal and unconstitutional campaign against the early voting rights of Ohioans have cost taxpayers over $400,000 in legal fees in lawsuits that, thankfully, Husted largely lost.  Not surprisingly, under Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, some of this legal work was assigned to firms that donated to Husted’s campaign.  Instead needlessly costing Ohio taxpayers money in fighting unconstitutional schemes to deny taxpayers the ability to vote, Ohioans need a Secretary of State who will vigorously defend the right to vote, like State Senator Nina Turner.”

As sexual harassment attorney calls DeWine actions improper, DeWine explanation not supported by records

DeWine created no record of conversation of confidential source

COLUMBUS –On Wednesday, the Sandusky Register reported that Mike DeWine personally interfered with an internal sexual harassment probe by demanding the name of a confidential source.  DeWine’s office claimed he had asked for the name of the confidential informant to “speak” to the source.

An attorney who specialized in sexual harassment cases criticized DeWine’s actions:

Robert A. Klingler, a Cincinnati lawyer whose firm specializes in sexual-harassment issues, said involvement by a top official or company president in a sexual-harassment case creates an appearance of impropriety. Klingler, who is not involved in the attorney general matter, said DeWine’s involvement, however well intended, might be seen as trying to “shape” the testimony of a potential witness.

It also could have a “chilling effect on future informants who would think twice about coming forward on a confidential basis.”  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (8/8/14), “DeWine’s role in office sexual-harassment probe is questioned.”]

In response to DeWine’s explanation of his interference in an internal sexual harassment probe, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said:

“There is only one reason an attorney like Mike DeWine would demand the name of a confidential informant and then fail to make any record of what he did with that information. DeWine was more concerned with protecting his friend than the young intern that was harassed in his office.

Yost Office Mum on Investigator Misconduct

Yost failed to disclose investigator’s relationship in school audit

COLUMBUS –Yesterday, the Columbus Dispatch reported that an investigator for the State Auditor’s office maintained a romantic relationship with the Chief Information Officer while Yost’s office investigated the district over data scrubbing.  Yost’s office then kept its knowledge of the relationship from the public and allowed the investigator, Jim Longerbone, to quietly leave the office until the media began looking into it.

When an internal auditor at the school found that Longerbone’s girlfriend’s office had removed investigatory files about data scrubbing from the internal auditor’s computer, the school’s auditor reported the removal of the files to Yost’s office.  Although the school’s IT department had never removed files in this fashion before in the internal auditor’s office or others, Yost’s investigators concluded it was a routine backup, but Longerbone was one of the investigators involved in concluding that his girlfriend’s removal of files was not improper.

Upon learning of Longerbone’s relationship and involvement in looking into the file removal, the school’s internal auditor said she was “sick” and “speechless” and “concerned when there is an obvious conflict of interest between someone who should be doing an impartial and fact-based investigation.”   [Source: Columbus Dispatch (7/30/2014), “State investigator dated Columbus schools’ data chief during probe.”]

In response to the revelation of Yost’s cover up of this relationship, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“Yost allowed an investigator to investigate his own girlfriend’s involvement in removing investigatory computer files, who then cleared her office of wrongdoing.   Instead of bringing this to light and addressing it, Yost’s office instead allowed the investigator to quietly leave the office and kept the public in the dark it every happened.  Yost’s willingness to cover up such obviously inappropriate actions in his office is why Ohioans can’t trust Dave Yost to protect their tax dollars.”

Ohio Third Highest in New Weekly Unemployment Claims (Again)

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 to pre-recession lows, Ohio was the only state in the region to see its initial claims go up on the week ending on July 19.

This is the second week this month in which Ohio had the third largest increase in initial claims in the country.

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’s news is yet another indicator that as the nation’s economy heats up, Ohio’s economy struggles under Governor Kasich. Every month, we see that Ohioans are giving up on their job search. Kasich’s policies of shifting the tax burden onto working families are not working, and not creating the jobs Ohioans need.”

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT OHIO’S ECONOMIC NEWS:

“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

As claims in Ohio went up, nationally, initial claims for unemployment dropped to the lowest level in eight years during the same week.  “Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment insurance benefits over the past month than at any time in more than eight years  . . .” [Source: Bloomberg (7/31/2014), “Jobless Claims in U.S. in Past Month Drop to Eight-Year Low.”]

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)]

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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).]

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