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John Kasich says 2012 was pretty good for Ohio
Ohio's governor says the year was a turning point on key economic issues

Bill Cohen
Ohio Gov. John Kasich heads into 2013 feeling pretty confident.
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Transformation. That's the word Ohio Gov. John Kasich is using to describe what happened this year in state government. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has more on the governor's celebratory message.

Cohen reports on Kasich's remarks and this year's accomplishments in Ohio.

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"If you want to see transformation, look at Ohio’s economy,” Gov. Kasich says. Ohio’s unemployment rate is now below 7 percent, well below the national average. And he says jobs are returning

“Look, we were down 400,000; we are up 127,000. When I travel around the state, it is a different attitude. I mean they are pumped up in Cleveland. I mean I even find these people pumped up in Mahoning Valley.”

Among other accomplishments Kasich lists for state government in the past year are Medicaid reforms that saved money, but did not cut benefits; new limits on retirement benefits for government workers that have helped pension funds stay solvent and a program boosting reading programs for struggling elementary schoolers.

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Here's another good review on Gov. Kasich's year-end-review Wednesday:

Posted by: John Michael Spinelli (Columbus, Ohio) on December 20, 2012 2:12AM
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