As the primary rolls into Ohio where Gov. John Kasich might finally be able to overcome Donald Trump, the traditional media is taking a closer look at his tenure back home—and that great recovery he’s always boasting about.

Ohio has indeed gained several hundred thousand jobs since Mr. Kasich took office, and he turned an imposing budget gap into a surplus while also cutting income taxes, all accomplishments that back up his boasts.

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But a closer review of his record shows the reality is more complicated. Other states recovered from the recession more quickly than Ohio did. He closed the budget shortfall in part by cutting aid to local governments, forcing some of them to raise their own taxes or cut services. And increasing sales taxes helped make the income tax cuts possible.

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