It's official, and not a second sooner. Governor John Kasich has delivered his FINAL State of the State address. While he attempted to tout achievements in his administration and our Legislature, the truth is there is nothing to actually brag about. Recently our state was ranked 40th worst in the country by U.S. News and World Report. We are the:
41st worst in education
40th worst quality of life
37th worst in fiscal stability
36th worst healthcare
32nd worst economy
25th worst for opportunity
23rd worst for infrastructure
18th worst for crime and corrections
Despite holding literally EVERY SINGLE STATE LEVEL OFFICE, and majorities in both houses of the General Assembly, our state is in tatters. And no wonder. Protecting special interests, private schools, attacks on women, the poor, needy, and sick have taken priority over making our state desirable for those of us who live here, and those who do not. We deserve better leadership; leadership that won't sell out for campaign contributions.
And that is why I am a far better person for this calling than our current Representative. I can't wait to get out of politics. I'm only here because we have suffered for too long with people that make their employment more important than people, and I want my daughters to be able to walk in to the world as adults without having to fight tooth and nail to succeed. Our state doesn't provide that security. It provides a haven for the wealthy to hoard their money, while the middle class and our impoverished fight to survive.
It's time for change. It's time to #GiveEmHelle.