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FitzGerald says governor running on ‘easy message’

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald vowed to stop Gov. John Kasich from campaigning on “an easy message” of tax cuts in his bid for reelection this fall.

FitzGerald, a Democrat, is challenging Kasich for the office. He spoke with The Courier’s editorial board today.

“I think that they are too political, and I don’t think he has the background or the knowledge to know how to make government significantly more efficient. I don’t think he has,” FitzGerald said. “The state budget has increased significantly since he has been there. The number of employees is slightly less, through attrition, but he never really did, in my opinion, a top-to-bottom redesign, overhaul of state government.”

FitzGerald said he has a proven record as mayor and councilman of the City of Lakewood and in his work now in Cuyahoga County.

“We’ve saved millions of dollars, without raising taxes,” he said.

Instead, FitzGerald said Kasich has balanced the state budget by taking needed funding from Ohio’s schools and local governments, and pushed the tax burden to the local level.

Under Kasich’s leadership, FitzGerald said the state’s sales tax, commercial activity tax and property taxes have all gone up.

“He wants to act like all of that hasn’t happened,” FitzGerald said.

Courier Reporter Denise Grant is developing this story.

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