Ohio’s gubernatorial race is one of 37 taking place across the U.S. in 2010, and is one of 14 being called a “toss-up” by the Washington Post.
Kasich’s votes for NAFTA and to give China most favored trading status have cost Ohio about 140,000 jobs, Strickland said.
The governor said Kasich also tried to eliminate trade adjustment assistance that would have offered training to displaced workers.
To ensure the state’s future, the governor said the focus needs to remain on foundational issues, including increasing funding for K-12 education, reducing property taxes for seniors, expanding health care availability for Ohio children, and making Ohio an attractive place to do business.
Ohio’s unemployment rate is improving slowly, aided in part by the more than $2 billion in new construction projects taking place across the state.
Strickland focused much of his time on the economic crisis the country is facing, stating the current situation is the worst recession the state has experienced in at least 70 years.
“I’ve got a lot of fight in me because I know what’s at stake — the future of our state. ... This crisis is real. We haven’t seen anything like this in our lifetime,” Strickland said.
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