Schiavoni: ‘This has not been a quick turnaround’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Democratic leaders in the state general assembly say the governor isn’t doing enough to make sure Ohio’s economy keeps up with the rest of the country.

State Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni spoke in downtown Youngstown Wednesday and called for stronger action.

Schiavoni said the economy is improving but Ohio is lagging behind and there is too much focus on tax credits and not enough one helping displaced workers.

“Everybody’s got their own talking points and everybody’s got their own numbers that they are going off. But when you actually talk to folks, you’ll find out the miracle in Ohio hasn’t happened. This has not been a quick turnaround since the Governor came in,” Schiavoni said.

A statement from the Ohio Republican Party was released Wednesday about Schiavoni’s comments.

Under Republican leadership, Ohio has been 6th in the nation in job creation and the unemployment rate is under the national average and 250,000 new private sector jobs have been created, according to the release.

Statement issued by the Ohio Republican Party:

“Ohio Democrats have no credibility talking about jobs.  When they were running the state Ohio lost over 350,000 jobs and the state’s unemployment rate was over the national average.  Under Republican leadership, Ohio has been 6th in the nation in job creation and our unemployment rate is significantly under the nation’s. Most importantly over 250,000 new private sector jobs have been created.  The last thing Ohio needs is to go back to the days of Democrat job loss, higher taxes, and $8 billion budget holes.  2014 is showing even more growth for Ohio and Youngstown.  Ohio’s work isn’t done yet, but we are moving in the right direction.”

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