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Some political, union leaders say state is picking local government pockets

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Some political and union leaders say the state is picking the pockets of local communities.

Cincinnati councilman, P.G. Sittenfeld, and Hamilton County auditor, Dusty Rhodes, were joined by the presidents of the Cincinnati police and fire unions today where they talked about the impact of state budget cuts.

They say Governor John Kasich erased a state deficit to create a rainy day fund, but did so on the backs of local governments and jeopardized public safety.

Governor Kasich, a Republican, is running for re-election.

Today's criticism came from Sittenfeld and Rhodes who are both Democrats, as well as union leaders who opposed Kasich on Senate Bill Five, which would have restricted union rights.

Sittenfeld and the others say they will visit other Ohio cities as part of what they call the "Stop the Kasich Raid" tour.

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