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Ohio's economy has been growing, but many household budgets still feeling recession's pinch

There are some key signs of progress for Ohio's economy, but there are also many households that haven't reaped the benefits yet.

The state's economic output is up, unemployment is down and many new jobs have been added since Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) took office. But the latest federal statistics available also indicate that real median household incomes, which are household incomes at the midpoint in the state, haven't bounced back. Statistics show that housing ownership rates haven't come back to pre-recession levels, and rates of Ohioans living at poverty levels remain high.

Kasich says his tax cuts will put more money into working Ohioans' pockets, and that aggressive efforts will continue to encourage companies to locate and expand in Ohio, bringing more new jobs.

Democrat Ed FitzGerald says Kasich's policies have benefited big corporations and wealthy Ohioans, while the middle class struggles. He wants to restore funding cuts to local governments, which he says have resulted in more levies and reduced services, and he wants to take steps to help small businesses grow and add jobs.

Ohioans will decide Nov. 4 whether Kasich wins re-election to lead the state's economy for the next four years.

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