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The Real Story on Strickland's Economic Record

CLEVELAND—Ohio House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina), candidate for the 18th House District Mike Dovilla, and Cleveland-area business leaders today set the record straight on Ted Strickland’s failed economic record and called for government reforms to reduce spending, reduce taxes and reduce the excessive paperwork burden on businesses—all of which create an anti-jobs environment in Ohio.

“Ohio has lost more than 380,000 jobs since Governor Strickland took office, and he has done little to nothing to fix our economy,” said Batchelder. “He claims that he cut taxes, but he’s just trying to take credit for something that was done before he even took office. The truth is that he and the House Democrats have let jobs, businesses and economic opportunity slip right through their fingers, and Ohioans are paying the price.”

“As a small business owner, I know how difficult it is to do business and create jobs when taxes are too high and the regulatory burden too oppressive,” said Dovilla. “Instead of encouraging businesses to expand and succeed, Ohio’s Democrats raised taxes by nearly $900 million at a time when businesses were already struggling, while doing nothing to address business regulations. In 36 days, Ohioans and the people of Cuyahoga County will have the opportunity to transform our economy from its wounded condition to a more job-friendly state. John Kasich led the effort to balance the federal budget for the first time in 30 years and has the business experience Ohio needs to revive our economy and begin creating jobs again.”

Forbes ranked Ohio 48th in its prospects for growth in areas such as job creation, income growth, business openings and venture capital investments([1]). Despite numerous attempts by the House Republican Caucus to incentivize business growth and job creation, the administration silenced any and all proposals to spur Ohio’s economic recovery.

Governor Strickland was the architect behind the unsustainable budget that the House Democrats imposed on Ohioans. As a result of poor budgeting by Strickland and Ohio’s House Democrats, Ohioans are now facing a more than $8 billion deficit in the next budget—a crisis that the House Republicans have repeatedly addressed by calling for bipartisan discussions and introducing cost-containment legislation.