Gov. John Kasich’s Democratic challenger Ed Fitzgerald is on the campaign trail in the New Year -- he spoke at the Ahiska Turk Community Center in Dayton yesterday. As Lewis Wallace reports from Ohio Public Radio member WYSO, the Cuyahoga County executive sharply criticized the Republican governor’s economic policies.
The party line at FitzGerald’s Dayton event: Kasich takes from poor, and gives to the rich.
Here’s newly-minted city commissioner Jeffrey Mims.
"His budgets have undeniably been a tax shift away from the poor and middle class, and moving towards doing everything they can to help his buddies and his friends who are wealthy and at the top of the financial food chain," Mims said.
Democrats criticize Kasich for cutting income taxes while raising sales taxes -- a strategy that results in disproportionate savings for the rich.
And they say Kasich’s JobsOhio -- a semi-privatized economic development agency -- suffers from conflicts of interest.
Ed FitzGerald says he wouldn’t eliminate incentives for businesses as governor, but he'd change them.
"We believe in making it a requirement that if you help a company that first of all it creates jobs, and second of all that those jobs actually pay a living wage," he said.
Kasich’s office declined to comment, but the Ohio Republican Party sent a statement saying the governor’s policies support job creation and a stronger workforce.