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Ed FitzGerald criticizes Gov. Kasich on economic recovery
FitzGerald says economic comeback is weaker than governor portrays
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald says Ohio's economic recovery is not as good as the Gov. John Kasich claims.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald says Ohio has not made the economic comeback it should be making and he blames Republican Gov. John Kasich’s leadership.

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"It’s an absolute fact there are many states in this country that have gained back all of the jobs that were lost during the recession," FitzGerald says. "We aren’t one of them. Last estimate I saw, we are 120,000 jobs short.
"Secondly, here’s a number that’s hardly talked about in any publication, but what’s our growth rate? What’s our GDP growth rate? Our GDP growth rate in 2013 was less than it was in 2010.”

Ohio Republican Party spokesman Chris Schrimpf says Gov. Kasich’s economic policies are working.

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“Four years ago before Gov. Kasich took office, Ohio hemorrhaged 350,000 jobs; that was under the last Democratic governor…350,000 jobs lost," Schrimpf says. "Now Ohio has added 250,000 private sector jobs and our unemployment rate is below the national average. Before Gov. Kasich took office, it was well above the national average."

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