The Latest from PolitiFact Ohio Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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"About 2 percent of Americans get paid the minimum wage."

Some "20,000 Delphi salaried retirees lost up to 70 percent of their pensions" as a result of "political favoritism and backroom deals."

Says Obama "exempted Congress and their staff from the full effect of the (health care) law."

"Ohioans can expect to pay up to 41 percent more for their insurance premiums when Obamacare takes effect next year."

Says the State Department spent $630,000 to get 2 million Facebook "Likes."

"I was filibustered."

President Barack Obama has "announced that he would not sign ANY spending bills this year unless sequestration spending cuts are eliminated."

Promise: Phase out Ohio's personal income tax

Update: State budget bill reduced income tax rates across the board

Says health insurance premiums will rise under Obamacare.

Says proposed anti-abortion legislation "would force women facing the most personal of health decisions to endure a transvaginal ultrasound."

Most Americans want "traditional marriage," as defined by the Defense of Marriage Act.

Says Ohio budget item later signed into law by Gov. John Kasich requires women seeking an abortion to undergo a  "mandatory vaginal probe."

"Every major religion is opposed to same-sex marriage."

"About 95 percent of (Ohio’s) electricity comes from burning coal."

Says Delaware County has more waterfront property than any other county in the state of Ohio

"If you are born poor in America, we rank ninth or tenth in our citizens’ ability to climb up through that ladder and get themselves into the middle class."

Says abortion increases the risk of breast cancer.

Promise: Create voucher program for job training

Update: Job-training voucher program now up and running

"Some of these members of the House of Representatives get hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies" but want to cut food stamps.

A hidden provision in Obamacare taxes sporting goods as medical devices.

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