In an attempt to preview tomorrow’s dueling appearances by President Obama and one-term Governor Mitt Romney in Ohio, Talking Points Memo reports that top Romney adviser Russ Schriefer said:

“Anything that’s happened in Ohio, certainly [Republican Gov. John] Kasich has been helpful to encouraging business to Ohio,” he said. “And it just shows that whether it’s Ohio or New Jersey or Indiana, when you have Republican governors who encourage business, things are better.”

This is part of the tactic Governor Kasich has used to try to take the entire credit for the State’s economy.  He’s even attempted to downplay the importance of the auto recovery to Ohio’s economy (when he and his Lt. Governor aren’t busy photobombing themselves into press events where auto companies are announcing major job expansions.)

There’s just a few problems.  The notion that Ohio is doing better under Kasich is just a myth, and an easily disprovable one.

Here are the facts of Ohio’s economy before (2010) and since Kasich (2011):

  • During the course of 2010, Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped from -1.4%.  In 2011, it dropped -1.1%. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011 Ohio seasonally adjusted LAUS data]
  • In February 2010, Ohio started a fourteen-month streak of constantly dropping unemployment rate.  A trend that stopped as Kasich’s “Jobs Budget” became law. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011 Ohio seasonally adjusted LAUS data]
  • In 2010, the number of unemployed Ohioans dropped by over 85k.  2011:  68k. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011 Ohio seasonally adjusted LAUS data]
  • More jobs were created in Ohio in 2010 before Kasich took office than in 2011. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011 Ohio seasonally adjusted CES data]
  • Then there’s the fact that the economy in Ohio grew only 40% of the rate under Kasich it grew the year before.  Under Strickland, Ohio’s economy was the sixth fastest growing economy in the nation.  Under Kasich last year, Ohio’s growth ranked 28th in the nation. [Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (2010 report); U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (2011 report on States)]

In fact, it’s generally accepted that the opposite is true.  The economy has slowed down due to the drastic budget cutting by Republicans like Kasich.  Heck, Kasich’s own Council of Economic Advisors even predicted as much in his budget:

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Shorter: "Austerity sucks the economy"

In fact, just earlier this year, Kasich flat out refused to deny that President Obama deserves credit for the positive things that have taken place in Ohio’s economy:

“I hope [President Obama] gets all the credit…”- Gov. John Kasich

The notion that Ohio’s economy under Kasich would be doing better but for President Obama only works if you completely ignore the reality that Ohio’s economy was actually doing better before Kasich was Governor.

 

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