September 23, 2014

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Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald visits Elyria

Gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, D-Cleveland, is introduced before speaking Tuesday at the Lorain County Transportation Center. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, D-Cleveland, is introduced before speaking Tuesday at the Lorain County Transportation Center. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Ohio has become an oligarchy under Gov. John Kasich in which decisions benefit wealthy elites, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald said Tuesday.

FitzGerald told about 45 members of the Committee Organized for Democratic Elections that the Republican Kasich and the Republican-majority Legislature have enacted reverse-Robin Hood taxation. He said the poor and middle class have paid for tax cuts for the rich.

“The policies that John Kasich has implemented have benefited a very small group of people, and for that group of people, things are very, very good,” said FitzGerald, who also is Cuyahoga County executive. “But for the vast majority of people in Ohio, not so much.”

FitzGerald cited Ohio’s sales tax increase from 5.5 percent to 5.75 percent in September, 50 percent cuts in state taxpayer aid to local governments and cuts to schools since Kasich took office in 2011. Ohio Policy Matters, a liberal think tank, said there were $1.8 billion in education cuts in the 2012-13 biennial budget. FitzGerald previously said Lorain County has lost about $33.8 million under Kasich and county schools have lost $14.6 million.

Before the 33-minute speech and 20-minute question-and-answer session, FitzGerald said his top priority, if elected, would be restoring aid to local governments, but he wouldn’t do it by raising taxes that Kasich slashed.

“It’s what are your budgetary priorities?” he said. “Our priorities are different than his priorities.”

FitzGerald also has promised to open up the books of JobsOhio, the privatized economic development agency created by Kasich. The department has been criticized for a lack of transparency by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, a Republican.

However FitzGerald has been accused of hypocrisy about transparency for refusing to release keycard information about his comings and goings in Cuyahoga County. FitzGerald said he is withholding the information due to “death threats” against him.

FitzGerald ridiculed Kasich’s contention that Kasich has presided over an economic “miracle.”

“The people who are running the state of Ohio are working for a tiny group of people who are experiencing a miracle, but it’s at everybody else’s expense,” he told the audience.

Citing Corporation for Enterprise Development statistics, FitzGerald said half of Ohioans are living paycheck to paycheck and 10 percent earn the minimum wage, which he wants to increase from $7.95 per hour to $10.10 per hour. He said the drop in Ohio’s unemployment rate in March from 6.5 percent to 6.1 percent was due to workers dropping out of the job market.

FitzGerald said the top employment gains other than for low-wage jobs are due to the American auto industry rebound and increased fracking. FitzGerald said Kasich has little control over fracking and opposed the auto industry bailout.

Ohio Policy Matters said the wealthiest 1 percent of Ohioans, who earned at least $335,000 annually in 2012, received about a $6,000 annual tax cut in the first Kasich budget. Those earning between $33,000 and $50,000 annually received a $5 annual tax cut, while those earning less than $33,000 earned a $24 tax cut.

Nevertheless, Ohio Republican Party spokesman Chris Schrimpf said the cuts were equitable and all Ohioans have more money in their pockets.

“As a result of that, we are seeing economic growth that has resulted in even more money for Ohio families,” he said.

Schrimpf said Kasich has created 250,000 jobs since taking office and turned a $6.5 billion deficit into a $1.5 billion surplus.

“Under Ed FitzGerald, we would likely have fewer jobs and higher taxes,” he said.

Schrimpf said Kasich’s campaign has raised $10 million and has $8 million on hand. FitzGerald wouldn’t say how much money his campaign has on hand, but spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said it has raised $1.42 million between January and April compared with $1.5 million by Kasich.

FitzGerald, a former Lakewood mayor, said he’s always been outspent in campaigns but managed to overcome it. He said real conversations with voters, rather than money, win elections.

“We need to get 2 million votes,” he said. “We need to have 2 million conversations.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.


  • Fedup104

    Since Fitzgerald is questioning Ohio’s unemployment rate, what is his unemployment rate in Cuyahoga County? Also in regards to tax burden hurting middle class families, doesn’t Cuyahoga County have the highest tax burden in the state (sales and property taxes)?

    • SniperFire

      Sorry, but such questions would require actual investigative reporting.

    • golfingirl

      Only county in Ohio with an 8% Sales Tax Rate.

      Shades of things to come.

  • GreatRedeemer

    Did he tour downtown with the closed storefronts ?

  • Sis Delish

    What about the biggest challenge for Elyria’s Mayor? Did he address the reduced funding for Elyria’s Fireworks?

    • Cranbury

      HA HA HA Best statement I heard on these threads

    • golfingirl

      Really big fireworks display coming if he is elected.

      It will be titled…. “Blowing Up the Economy”

      Subtitled…..Working hard to make all of Ohio look like Elyria!

  • golfingirl

    “…..the wealthiest 1 percent of Ohioans, who earned at least $335,000 annually in 2012, received about a $6,000 annual tax cut in the first Kasich budget. Those earning between $33,000 and $50,000 annually received a $5 annual tax cut, while those earning less than $33,000 earned a $24 tax cut.”

    Tough to get an income tax cut, when you pay none…..don’t you think?

    • Starryeyes63

      Maybe we should see the reverse 335K and up paid $12,000 in taxes, 33-55K paid $150.00 on taxes & those below 35K got a refund. ( my numbers are just estimates)

    • Starryeyes63

      Just found actual numbers Single Tax payer:
      For earnings between $0.00 and $5,200, you’ll pay 0.59%
      For earnings between $5,200.00 and $10,400, you’ll pay 1.17% plus $30.68
      For earnings between $10,400.00 and $15,650, you’ll pay 2.35% plus $91.52
      For earnings between $15,650.00 and $20,900, you’ll pay 2.94% plus $214.90
      For earnings between $20,900.00 and $41,700, you’ll pay 3.52% plus $369.25
      For earnings between $41,700.00 and $83,350, you’ll pay 4.11% plus $1,101.41
      For earnings between $83,350.00 and $104,250, you’ll pay 4.70% plus $2,813.22
      For earnings between $104,250.00 and $208,500, you’ll pay 5.45% plus $3,795.52
      For earnings over $208,500.00, you’ll pay 5.92% plus $9,477.15

      • golfingirl

        Are you even suggesting the “wealthy” already pay their fair share?

        We need more. Redistribution through the tax code is the only answer.

        How dare people get to keep what they earn! That is such an un-American idea.

        • Starryeyes63

          It is EXACTLY what I am saying!!!! (LOL could hear the sarcasm in that for sure)) I was really amazed how much they do pay on the web sight you can plugin any number will give you estimated FED/State taxed in some case over 25% Not including all the other taxes you pay.

          • golfingirl

            39.6% just in Federal taxes here.

          • Starryeyes63

            I can relate =D

    • Starryeyes63

      And Couples:
      For earnings between $0.00 and $5,100, you’ll pay 0.59%
      For earnings between $5,100.00 and $10,200, you’ll pay 1.17% plus $30.09
      For earnings between $10,200.00 and $15,350, you’ll pay 2.35% plus $89.76
      For earnings between $15,350.00 and $20,450, you’ll pay 2.94% plus $210.79
      For earnings between $20,450.00 and $40,850, you’ll pay 3.52% plus $360.73
      For earnings between $40,850.00 and $81,650, you’ll pay 4.11% plus $1,078.81
      For earnings between $81,650.00 and $102,100, you’ll pay 4.70% plus $2,755.69
      For earnings between $102,100.00 and $204,200, you’ll pay 5.45% plus $3,716.84
      For earnings over $204,200.00, you’ll pay 5.92% plus $9,281.29

  • footballer

    all the whiners are back

    • golfingirl

      Not whiners, critics of the current government’s tax and spend policies.

      Regardless of your income bracket, even you cannot support this type of behavior.

      Just slap your kids and grandkids with a lifetime of debt. Very parental of you to leave them with such a mess.

      Where exactly do you think all this money comes from?

      The U.S. is broke, $17.5T in debt and rising every second of every day.

      When does it end?

  • golfingirl

    A democrat coming to Elyria, is like a homecoming.

    Where was the parade?

    “FitzGerald said his top priority, if elected, would be restoring aid to local governments, but he wouldn’t do it by raising taxes.”

    So exactly where is all this money coming from? Have people become so ignorant, that they actually believe this garbage?

    When Kasich took office, Ohio’s “Rainy Day Fund” had 87 cents in it. Can’t even buy a candy bar with that!

    87 cents, that is all, despite all the money pouring in from the taxpayers. My guess is Fitz will once again raid this fund, which Kasich replenished, to pay for worthless projects and entitlements.

    Look no further than Cuyahoga County to make your decision.

    • alreadyfedup1

      Only at the Dollar Tree where a regular bar is 69 cents. LOL. Suprised RetarTed Stricklin didn’t buy one for himself on the way out. But then what could he have done with the remaining 18 cents hahahahahaha.

      • golfingirl

        Probably past their expiration date anyway.

    • golfingirl

      Have to correct myself and apologize to all the Strickland and Big G supporters.

      The Rainy Day Fund actually contained 89 cents.

      Just thought I would “add my two cents.”

  • golfingirl

    “Kasich and the Republican-majority Legislature have enacted reverse-Robin Hood taxation. He said the poor and middle class have paid for tax cuts for the rich.”

    I believe Robin Hood was a criminal, a common thief. Was he not?

    I am glad that Fitz at least acknowledged that taking from the “wealthy” is a criminal act. A crime, disguised as a tax.

    • Starryeyes63

      Actually Robin Hood did not steal from the wealthy, he stole from an oppressive government & gave it back to the people.

      • golfingirl

        That is very true.

  • golfingirl

    I like math, so lets do some:

    “We need to get 2 million votes,” Fitz said. “We need to have 2 million conversations.”

    Assume an average conversation is 5 minutes = 10M minutes of conversation.

    Even if he have “conversations” for 24 hours a day, 365 days per year……it would take 1,142 years to complete all 2 million conversations.

    Really?

    Given his math skills, I doubt he could ever balance a budget!

    • HankKwah

      FitzGerald said he is withholding the information due to “death threats” against him.

      Riiiiiiiiight. Diminished math skills, lies, gonna raise taxes (he’s a democrat, what else do they do?). Yea, let’s vote for him! NOT!!

      • golfingirl

        FitzGerald is refusing the public records request because he is a hypocritical, two-faced politician.

        He knows it would show the minimal number of hours he spent on his job as County Executive, while preparing for his gubernatorial run. Collecting his fat pay check from his county job the entire time.

        How does his past work history place his life in jeopardy today?

        He didn’t show up at work, collected a salary for a job he was not even present at and now is covering it up.

        These guys lie, because people believe their garbage. When are they going to be called out on it?

        • HankKwah

          I wish I had an answer for you.

          • golfingirl

            No answers, only lies.

  • Guest

    You like math? Anyone with a brain can see how obvious your numbers don”t even come close to adding up. Stay with something you”re accomplished at, like running your mouth.

    • golfingirl

      Then you do the math Einstein.

      • alreadyfedup1

        Guest Einstein is pre-common core which makes it IMPOSSIBLE.

        • golfingirl

          More like “Pre- Common Sense.”

  • SniperFire

    This free campaign ad brought to you by the dedicated socialists who run the C-T editorial.

  • alreadyfedup1

    Gerald FitzLiberal “nuff said”

  • trose1

    We need to kick Kasich and Husted Mandel out of office. They have done nothing for Ohio but made it a laughing stock of the US.
    Heroin addicts running wild and these nuts only care about stopping Black people from voting and forcing probes in women vagina’s.
    The GOP are sick.

    • SniperFire

      How many gubmint programs are you on, anyways?

      • trose1

        The same amount as your ignorant butt

        • golfingirl

          Have to love these types of well thought out responses.

          I remember saying that once, but then I went on to second grade and outgrew it.

    • HankKwah

      LMAO What rock have you been hiding under? Ohio’s been doing so good obama wanted to take claim for its success.

      If your rant wasn’t full of dem talking points and lies, it would almost be funny. But it’s really YOU that’s sick.

    • Scout

      low information person

      • golfingirl

        Who is Husted Mandel? Did he mean Howie Mandel?

        Oh….he forgot the comma. Sometimes, punctuation matters.

        • Scout

          yes golfingirl…above post was for trose1

  • trose1

    Kasich giving all his budddies jobs and taxpayers money. Kasich must go

    • Bill Love

      Who did he give jobs to? How are we the laughing stock get a clue try reading info out there then post so you don’t sound like a idiot

      • Scout

        agreed

    • golfingirl

      Strickland couldn’t even create a job to give to his “buddies.”

  • golfingirl

    So what is with the capital “G” in his last name?

    Oh, I know.

    The Big G stands for Big G….overnment.

    Now I get it.

  • SniperFire

    Notice how the C-T prints every word uttered by Brinda and the accusations leveled by a Marxist such as Fitzgerald as fact, but simply refuse to seek or publish the actual facts as compiled by the State of Ohio and our Governor.

  • John Boy

    If he is not releasing his “coming and goings” in Cuyahoga County isn’t it going to make it awful difficult to have campaign rallies. If he doesn’t release his schedule he is going to have a difficult time to attract people to any of his events. Why can’t a reporter ask this simple question?