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On the day Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the state’s new two year budget, one of the men who wants to run against him said some of the decisions in the it are a big mistake.
Democrat Ed Fitzgerald adds parts of the $62 billion budget hurts middle class Ohioans. He is calling on Kasich to line item veto some provisions in the budget.
“The main thing being that everybody’s sales taxes are going up, just about everybody’s property taxes are going to go up, that’s paying for an income tax that’s mostly going to help the wealthiest people in the state. We think it’s a big mistake,” said Fitzgerald.
He said he understands the need to balance the budget, but adds hurting the middle and working class isn’t the way to do it.
“Most of the state is middle class, especially this part of Ohio, people work hard for a living, they ought to be able to keep more of their money,” explained Fitzgerald.
“Let’s not forget that this tax cut is being paid for not by an increase in sales taxes, but because there is more revenue coming into the state because Ohio is doing better and that money is now simply being returned to Ohioans,” argued Mark Monroe, chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party.
Munroe added that during Kasich’s two years, the state has made significant strides.
“Today there are 170,000 new jobs that have been added to Ohio’s economy,” said Munroe.
Fitzgerald is quick to point out that the state is still hurting on this front.
“We’re at about 7 percent unemployment, that’s still too high, and that doesn’t count the under employment rate,” said Fitzgerald.
Munroe said he had a brief conversation with the governor’s office Sunday morning and said he knows the budget will be signed.
Recent polls show Kasich in the lead in the race for governor.