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There are numerous holidays that celebrate and honor all that is good about our country. Independence Day is a festive time when we celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. On Veterans Day and Memorial Day we pay tribute to the thousands of men and women who have risked their lives so that we may live in that freedom. September 17th is a holiday that asks us to reflect on the American system of government and the document on which it was founded.

Flexibility has always been a key component to the successful operation of local government. As we all know, government operations can become very costly, so it is important that municipalities find the most efficient way to offer crucial public services. House Bill 509 will provide this flexibility by allowing local governments to collaborate with other municipalities to deliver shared services.

Ohio’s education system is one of our most important state investments. To move successfully into the future, we must give our students the best learning environment possible. I want to make sure that the configuration of our public school systems is most conducive to these objectives. We are currently providing our children with excellent opportunities for educational advancement, and it is one of my top priorities to make sure that this trend is continued and strengthened.

In today’s fast-paced world, the most successful businesses are those that take advantage of every available resource. To achieve a competitive edge, Ohio’s small businesses need to be aware of the resources available to them through their state government. Ohio is at a crossroads when it comes to business growth and job creation, and our economic prosperity largely hinges on the success of our small businesses.
 

A New York Daily News story asks whether Toledo should be eligible for anti-terror funds. Apparently the love does not go around.

In every aspect of my life—from parenting to small business ownership—I have continually sought ways to trim wasteful spending so I could save money for the future. I’m sure that your household or your business runs the same way, because this is the not-so-secret to financial success. However, it’s a well-known fact that government does not always follow this same principle, and as we face an $8 billion deficit, it is very important that we make our state spending more accountable.

In my work as mayor of Walton Hills and now as your state representative in Columbus, I know how easy it can be for our state and local governments to squander tax dollars if elected officials are not careful. At the state level, this sort of inefficiency has largely contributed to the $8 billion budget deficit Ohio faces today. Any Ohioan who operates a small business or manages their family’s finances understands the need to manage spending practices. Over the past few years, this attentiveness has not been addressed successfully in the state government, where the taxpayers have not seen their money being used efficiently or effectively.

 

First and foremost, I would like to take a moment to sincerely thank you for giving me the great honor and privilege of serving as your voice in the People’s House. To have the opportunity to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives is extremely humbling, and I look forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle to create jobs, boost economic development and bring Ohio back to life.

Michael Miller’s recent editorial calling for Iott to bow out of the District 9 US House Race caught me by surprise. He is the editor–in–chief of the only local paper I can stand to read.

As we near the end of 2010, Ohio’s suffering job market continues to brew economic turmoil across the state.

 As a small business owner, it is disappointing to watch jobs and businesses flee from our state when there are so many ways we can improve the business climate. I know firsthand how a burdensome business climate hinders job creation and economic development, and throughout this General Assembly, I have fought to make Ohio’s business climate more competitive. Unfortunately, due to political gamesmanship, we are still at square one.

This General Assembly, the people of Ohio have experienced a roller coaster of triumphs and struggles.

Updated: Roll Call is reporting today that PMA Founder Paul Magliocchetti was arrested and charged with making hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of fraudulent campaign contributions to members of Congress.

Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez was visibly sweating in the evening heat Thursday night, as she furiously worked the patio outside El Camino Real, where she was celebrating a "40-something" birthday with more than 100 of her closest Democratic pals at a political fundraiser.

But she also was feeling the heat of a furious rumor: that the widow of the incumbent she beat four years ago plans to wage a Republican write-in campaign to unseat her.

It only takes a quick review of Ohio’s economy to see that the state is in trouble.

Ohioans have long felt the effects of the downturn in our state’s economy. With unemployment in the double digits for the 14th consecutive month, the vitality of our communities is being challenged and the wellbeing of our families compromised.

Northwest Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is under fire for federal earmarks. But is it bringing home the bacon or pork-barrel politics at its worst?

Read the live coverage of the Lucas GOP Central Committee Meeting

Recognizing the failed policies and agenda of the current Democrat leadership in Congress and the need for new ideas, I was proud to stand with House Republican leadership last week to help launch “America Speaking Out.”

Ohio has a wealth of bright, talented students, but due to our burdensome tax rates and poor business environment, our state has trouble holding on to our most promising individuals. 

Property liens still a problem on unpaid water and sewer bills when it comes to real estate transactions in Toledo.

With the two-year statute of limitations approaching quickly former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann pleaded guilty Friday to a pair of misdemeanor ethics charges.

The voters have spoken, although in a small, squeaky voice.

Early returns show voter turnout for the May Primary is pathetic at best. Please do your part to do something about that.