Statements about State Finances

"Ohio is doing better right now than the national average on all the (economic) numbers."

Josh Mandel "is lying about his own record. The rating of Ohio's investment fund has NOT improved."

"Our rainy day fund has gone from 89 cents to $240 million."

"The total (state) payroll has gone down. The total amount of the number of workers in the state has gone down. I like the fact that the bulk of that is just by retirements."

The STAR Ohio fund "just received the highest possible credit rating one of these funds can receive."

"We just can’t afford to pay 100 percent of government employee benefits."

"We have asked public employees to pay 10 percent of the costs of their guaranteed pension and 15 percent of the cost of their health care. ... The leadership of those public employees unions don't want to pay anything."

"Gov. Kasich and the Republican-dominated legislature have foregone the popular option of closing tax loopholes that amount to $7 billion annually in this state."

"Most of the state budget isn't for state government doing things. ... 85 percent of the state budget is transferred to local communities for delivery of service."

Says tax revenue was lower than expected in May and "that's basically a clear indication the governor's counselors are probably right -- that we are still not out of the woods yet."

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