The Gov. John Kasich re-election campaign has a new TV ad out telling how Ohio was sinking economically until he came along and put it on the right path, and how he cut taxes.
The governor's ad wants us to take it literally when it suits their needs and figuratively when that suits their needs.
The video says the governor confronted an $8 billion deficit and balanced it "without raising taxes."
However, the governor did raise the sales tax - just not in the same year that he faced the $8 billion deficit. He raised the sales tax in 2013 from 5.5% to 5.75%.
Overall, however, Ohioans have experienced a net cut in taxes of $3 billion during Kasich's term so far. (I'll post the chart as a followup tomorrow).
A second point made in the ad is one that has been vigorously disputed by Democrats and continues to be disputed by Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic candidate for governor, who, unfortunately for him, does not have the money to wage equal battle on TV.
The ad says that, "Four years ago, our economy was broken, Ohio had an eight-billion-dollar budget deficit, we were losing jobs, taxes were rising, hope was fading."
Taken figuratively, yes, in 2010, Ohio was losing jobs - up to a point.
According to Ohio Labor Market Information under the Department of Job and Family Services (ohiolmi.com), Ohio's job losses bottomed out in February, 2010, four months before this four-year period began, and when Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland still had 10 months in his term. Ohio employment has risen, with occasional monthly setbacks, continuously since then.