Ohio State of State Originates From Lima Tuesday Night (With Video)

By Rachel Martin
By Eric Dutkiewicz

February 19, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 5:15 AM EDT

LIMA, Ohio (www.incnow.tv) – The city of Lima was in the spotlight Tuesday night as Governor John Kasich talked to Buckeyes about how the state of Ohio is doing in these challenging times.

It's only the second time the "State of the State" address has been delivered outside the capitol of Columbus. Republican Kasich says his whole purpose of moving the address to Lima was to highlight a city other than the state capitol. He delivered his speech from the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center, and it was also the first time the speech has been delivered at 6:45 in the evening instead of noon.

Jobs and tax reform were the main issues emphasized in his address. Kasich praised West Central Ohio for its upturn in manufacturing and engineering companies. In fact, Kasich says Ohio is number one in the Midwest for job creation and number six in the country, claiming to have created 120,400 jobs in Allen County alone.

As far as taxes, Kasich wants to significantly lower income and sales taxes, claiming those have been a burden on the buckeye state for too long.

“You know, when we think about job creation, we tend to think about all the big companies, the big operators. But over 50 percent of the jobs that are created in our state and across our country are those small business people. A 50 percent tax cut for them will spur economic development in our state,” he said.

Kasich wants to lower income tax by 20 percent over three years, and sales tax from 5.5 to five percent.

Other issues he addressed were continuing to slow the growth for Medicaid, and more funding for infrastructure and education. Kasich says these things will help ensure the well being of Ohio and attract more business and residents.

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