Kasich Wants to Move Ohioans Out of Poverty; A Look at the State of the State Address

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In his state of the state address, Ohio Governor John Kasich, the second term governor, challenged state lawmakers to do more to help Ohioans get out of poverty.

Kasich proposed another $500 million in tax cuts to encourage more small businesses to grow in the state.

The Republican governor proposed a way to let lower income families keep child care subsidies as their income increases.

The speech delivered in Wilmington, Ohio, a city hit hard by the recession, and also focused on Ohio’s strong recovery.

“Our mission is to help get people back on their feet in places like Wilmington, and you know, folks, I have very good news to report: the state of the state is getting stronger and we have regained our footing, but we must act decisively now to cease the greater opportunities that await all of us. We are better today than we were, and we are rising.” said Kasich.

He also wants to use $310 million in state and federal dollars to better coordinate public assistance programs and job services at the county level.

Kasich also made the case for a tax increase on the oil and gas industry, saying it won’t deter production in the state.

The governor also mentioned Steubenville and the Ohio Valley twice in his speech in reference to the oil and gas industry in the state.

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