Earlier this week the Dayton Daily News reported that Ohio recently saw its population of young adults rise by 2% after seeing a severe drop in that age group (ages 20 to 34) over the previous two decades.   The paper reasoned that an improving economy might  be helping to reverse “the much-dreaded brain drain.”

John Kasich’s campaign jumped at the news, sending out a fundraising email (see below) claiming responsibility for the reversing trend and citing a completely unrelated and totally subjective ranking given by CEO Magazine as proof.

One fact you won’t read in the Kasich/Taylor email:  the trend actually starting in July, 2010 – six months before Kasich took office and nearly a year before Kasich’s first budget was passed.   And the measurements were taken from July 2010 to July 2012.

If you want to tie this trend to anyone’s policies, it would have to be Governor Strickland.  Yet Kasich’s campaign tries to pin the positives on the current governor while selectively excluding evidence to the contrary.

oh… and that economic recovery that DDN credits for the turn around?  It actually began under Governor Strickland, a year before Kasich even took office.

One of the most important factors in increasing the number of young adults in Ohio is keeping recent college grads in the state.

Governor Strickland and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner made higher education a priority, keeping tuition rates low and funding levels high, while ensuring students would receive the documentation necessary to vote at the schools where they lived.

Since taking office, Kasich, SOS Jon Husted, and Ohio’s Republican legislators have worked to reverse those trends, cutting funding for higher ed and trying to strip away voting rights from college students who are attending school from out-of-state.

And yesterday, the GOP-led legislature announced a plan that would raise sales and property taxes – another disincentive to young adults wishing to settle down and make Ohio their home.

We’re happy to finally see more young adults moving to and staying in Ohio.  Sadly, Ohio’s Republicans think they can take credit for the trend while doing everything in their power to reverse it.


Here’s the email:



  • Interestingly, 2010 was the year I gave up hope on Ohio. Wasn’t that the year John Kasich was elected and killed 3C rail?

  • Think.

    Another brain-drain trend began in the Ohio legislature when the Congressional districts were drastically gerrymandered, giving the GOP and corporate-backed ALEC majority control at the Ohio Statehouse.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Maybe it’s just young people who have to move back in with their parents, due to the Christian GOP having destroyed the economy….

  • Retrofuturistic

    Exactly. It’s just a matter of time before it becomes a diaspora….

  • Think.

    This brain-drain happened in the legislature when the critical thinkers were replaced by ALEC puppets.

  • dmoore2222

    Indeed. That’s not a stretch by any means.

  • dmoore2222

    I’ve lived in Ohio all my life and love this state. But I can’t imagine why a young person would choose to live here, family ties aside. Good grief. Just look at the political leadership in this state. Talk about the walking dead. What could Kasich, Batchelder and Co. have to say to these youngsters that would mean anything? These are chumps from 1950s TV Land who still think having one more car in the driveway is a big deal. Otherwise, the conversation would pretty much be anti-women, anti-gay, anti-worker, anti-poor with a little extra cop and teacher hating for the fun of it. I’m sorry but at every juncture these cretins choose the past over the future. This is the equivalent of asking an eighteen year-old guy to wear a liesure suit. The long term trend has developed over three decades now–young people bolt as soon as they can. I certainly see no reason why that trend would reverse itself especially with these neanderthals in power..

  • Think.

    Borrowing the slogan from the “We-the-People” Tea Party, progressives should fight to “Take America (including Ohio) Back!”

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