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Gov. Kasich visits Fulton County, talks improvement

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FULTON COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Ohio Governor John Kasich says he's cleaned up the state government.

He spoke Thursday night at a fundraiser for the Fulton County Republican Party in Delta.

Kasich says he's made government work better, as well as gotten rid of some government.

"So we went from $8 billion in the red to $1.4 billion in the black in about two years," he said.

Kasich says Ohio was dying when he took office, claiming 350,000 jobs were lost. Under his administration, he says job growth is now 162,000 on the plus side.

"With work comes dignity, comes self confidence, and that's why we have to focus on it," he said.

Kasich also says he's 'shined up' Ohio. CEOs previously voted Ohio the 48th most business-friendly state in the country. It's now improved to 23rd.

"Ohio went off the radar map of most companies around the country and around the world. We were a flyover," Kasich said. "Not anymore."

Many in the crowd hope the governor is setting the stage for a second term in office.

"We've seen an increase in hiring locally. Agriculture is picking up. Fulton County is on the upswing and we're very happy about that," said Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Daniel Dymarkowski.

Kasich left the event without talking about his political future.

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