‘Ohio is strong:’ DeWine delivers State of the State address

Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 11:49 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2022 at 11:54 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine delivered his 2022 State of the State Address Wednesday afternoon.

DeWine said this was the first time all three branches of government have gathered in three years.

He delivered his first and only State of the State in 2019.

“The state of our amazing state is strong! Ohio is strong,” he said.

With the help of the Ohio General Assembly, DeWine said they are investing in Ohio’s youngest, most vulnerable children so that they get the best possible start in life.

The governor said the state is working on several investments in Ohio communities.

“This is Ohio’s time,” DeWine said. “People are returning to the heartland because we have lower taxes, a good regulatory environment, a strong business climate, and a great quality of life.”

According to the governor, state spending has been slashed by $1.2B. Taxes were cut by more than $3.6B - creating Ohio’s lowest tax burden in more than 40 years.

“This leaves more money for businesses to re-invest into our economy & more money in the pockets of Ohioans,” he said.

DeWine said Ohio must continue moving forward by making mental health help visible, accessible, and effective in all communities.

The governor also addressed law enforcement training in the state.

“A commission that studied this issue has recommended a permanent funding source for police training that will require every peace officer and trooper to complete at least 40 hours of annual training. I encourage the legislature to adopt this plan,” he said. “Our current generation of law enforcement officers are the most educated, best trained, and most technologically savvy individuals to ever work in the profession. Yet, our funding for continuous police training has been haphazard at best.”

Wednesday’s speech was the last address of his first term as governor at a time when he faces a four-way GOP primary.

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