Gov. Kasich delivers annual State of the State address
Ohio Governor John Kasich delivered his annual State of the State speech Wednesday night in Marietta.
His speech stressed hope and promise for a better Ohio, but not everyone who attended the speech thought it hit the mark.
Kasich told the crowd if the nation adopted police standards for use of force like the ones in Ohio, there would be better relations between police and citizens.
“We are a model for what works in this country and the country would be great if they adopt our model,” he said.
The governor made it a point that the heroin epidemic in our state must be dealt with and it and begins with parents and teachers talking openly about the dangers.
“[If] you want to stop drug abuse, get out of your comfort zone,” he said.
The governor touted that 94 percent of third graders passed the reading guarantee to ensure they read at grade level.
He touted Ohio wages that he says are beating the nation.
“Wages are growing faster than the rest of the country,” he said.
He defended his decision to expand Medicaid in the state and praised spending to improve water quality.
“We have spent $3.5 billion from lake Erie to the Ohio river,” he said.
More than 900 people packed the People's Bank Theatre to hear the governor's speech.
Diane Carnes says the governor said all the right things.
“He doesn't disappoint me no matter what he does,” she said.
Marissa Griesmer says she was not impressed.
“He didn't talk about women's health which is what I was interested in. He talked a lot about jobs but not well-being of people,” she said.
Some liked the Governor’s message about education.
“I was very impressed with all of his ideas that he has for higher education especially for the career choice program that he has that will save parents money with tuition,” Heather Brazell-Hill said.
Near the end of the speech there was a touching moment when the governor handed out his courage awards.
One went to Wallace Peck of Columbus who overcame mental illness and became a gifted self-taught painter.
Kelly Allman was recognized for her efforts to spread the word about the dangers of heroin addiction after her son Hunter Burkey died.
This was the sixth state of the state address for the governor, but the first as a presidential candidate, one of the closing lines of his speech " there's no place like Ohio there's no place like home.”
Kaisch hammered on familiar themes like the 417,000 private sector jobs created since he took office and the $5 billion in tax cuts.