State of Ohio Archives: on Budget & Economy

Tim Ryan: Give American manufacturing the tools it needs to grow

Lawmakers would create a new Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy. This bipartisan legislation would develop a long-term plan to ensure the growth and national security of the U.S. manufacturing industry and workforce. "Nearly 5 million manufacturing jobs have been lost since 2000. We introduced this legislation to ensure that we are looking at the big picture and doing everything in our power to give American manufacturing the tools it needs to grow and thrive," Ryan said.
Source: Mahoning Matters on 2022 Ohio Senate race Apr 26, 2021

Mike Gibbons: We need to get our economy back on track

I'm running for Senate because we need to get our economy back on track. We need to rein in runaway federal spending. We need to secure our borders, stand for life, and defend our 2nd Amendment rights.
Source: 2021 Ohio Senate campaign website Apr 13, 2021

Nan Whaley: Invest in economic and neighborhood development

She has led an economic resurgence as jobs and people move to the city for the first time in decades. Dayton has seen significant economic growth--with nearly a billion dollars in completed investment projects since she took office. In 2019, she announced a new strategic focus of the city: addressing historical racial disparities to make sure that every Dayton resident, regardless of what they look like, can live in a thriving, affordable neighborhood.
Source: 2022 Ohio Governor campaign website Apr 6, 2021

Jane Timken: We need to get back to fiscal responsibility

When asked what she disagreed with Trump on, Timken said Trump's spending was far too high. "I think we need to get back to fiscal responsibility," she said.
Source: The Cleveland Plain-Dealer on 2022 Ohio Senate race Mar 25, 2021

Jim Renacci: Obama federal stimulus was a failed experiment

Q: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Sherrod Brown (D): Yes. Introduced $30 billion loan fund to help smaller manufacturers transition to clean energy economy.

Jim Renacci (R): Mostly no. Called Obama stimulus "a failed experiment," though supports Trump infrastructure plan.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Mike DeWine: Make Ohio a low tax, low regulation state

Q: Economy: Support expanded regulatory role for federal government?

Richard Cordray (D): Yes. Ran Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which forced financial institutions to return $12 billion to consumers. Has challenged Ohio payday lending industry.

Mike DeWine (R): No. Make Ohio a low tax, low regulation state that's attractive to businesses. Let governor suspend regulations that adversely affect job creation.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Ohio Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Mike Gibbons: Market-led recovery instead of stimulus

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stimulus better than market-led recovery"?

A: Strongly oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Ohio Senate candidate Apr 24, 2018

Mike Gibbons: Government should get out of the way

We need to run the government more like a business and using common sense. Washington needs to serve the American people by cutting the waste, keeping costs low, protecting our hard-earned tax dollars, and most of all by getting out of your way.
Source: 2018 Ohio Senatorial website Oct 15, 2017

Joe Schiavoni: Targeted tax credits for jobs and upgrades

As Governor, Joe Schiavoni will provide targeted tax credits to companies that add new jobs or invest in upgrading new equipment and facilities.
Source: 2018 Ohio Governor website Aug 17, 2017

Jon Husted: Most conservative state budget in 40 years

Jon reduced his office's spending by 16%--even as overall state spending increased by 17%--which resulted in $14 million in savings. This allowed him to cut the cost of starting & maintaining a new business in Ohio by 21% and announce he has eliminated his office's need for taxpayer dollars entirely for the remainder of his term.

As House Speaker, Jon led the passage of the most conservative state budget in 40 years, which included at the time, the largest income tax cut in Ohio's history.

Source: 2018 Ohio gubernatorial website, Jul 15, 2017

Jon Husted: Liberation from Feds can reduce other problems

Husted said his priorities as governor would involve job creation, education and "liberation from the federal government." Those three things, he believes, can cut to the heart of other problems in the state.
Source: Chillicothe Gazette on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race May 11, 2017

P.G. Sittenfeld: Make big banks split their commercial & investment practices

Sittenfeld knocked Strickland for voting to repeal the˙Depression-era banking law˙Glass-Steagall, which made big banks split their commercial and investment practices. Commenting when the topic came up during the Democratic presidential debate, Sittenfeld wrote on Twitter, "Agree we need to re-instate Glass Steagall, and Ted Strickland should agree to debates to explain why he voted for its repeal."

While liberal presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Martin O'Malley (D-MD) support the reinstatement of the law, Hillary Clinton--an ally to Strickland--dismissed the idea.

Source: The Free Beacon on 2016 Ohio Senate race Oct 14, 2015

P.G. Sittenfeld: Trickle-down economics has not worked for vast majority

Rob Portman does a good job of coming off as moderate. But his actual voting record tells something of a different story. He's been a long-time supporter of trickle-down economics. That has not worked for the vast majority of Americans. We saw multiple enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and that was part of what paved the way for the Great Recession. In terms of the recovery not being equally shared, virtually 100% of the income gains are going to the top 5%.
Source: OTI transcript of Cincinnati Enquirer: 2016 Ohio Senate race May 12, 2015

Richard Cordray: A look back at the recession demands common sense reforms

House Republicans want the consumer watchdog to take responsibility for why home and small-business loans are still hard to come by. But Director Cordray isn't taking the bait. He said loans are still hard to come by because of banks' hesitancy to jump back into the market following the financial crisis and ensuing recession--not because of new rules or government policies. "You can't look at what happened in 2007 and 2008 without realizing that we need common-sense reforms," Cordray said.
Source: Patrick Reis in on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Jul 24, 2012

Rob Portman: Budget director for President George W. Bush

Fisher said Portman is responsible for the national recession due to his policies as budget director for former President George W. Bush. Portman says Fisher was in charge of job creation in Columbus when Ohio lost 400,000 jobs.

A big moment came when Fisher evoked the name of legendary Buckeye coach Woody Hayes when talking about saving jobs at plants like Cooper Tire in Findlay. "It means that we're going down that field, just like Woody Hayes did. Three yards and a cloud of dust, and we are not giving up," he said.

Portman responded by saying, "I think it's an insult to Woody Hayes' incredible record at Ohio State to somehow compare him to what's happening in Ohio the last four years. It hasn't been a successful game. We've been losing the game."

Source: WTOL-11 coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 5, 2010

Lee Fisher: Reduce deficit with pay-as-you-go budget rules

I support common-sense economic principles: fiscal discipline, living within our means, rewarding hard work, investing in our people, and growing a strong middle class. In the Senate, I will fight to reduce the deficit and support pay-as-you-go budget rules to make sure Congress lives within its means. I also will fight to implement tax policies that reward work, support middle-class families, and encourage investment and job creation.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Ted Strickland: Turnaround Ohio: invest in innovation and entrepreneurship

Turnaround Ohio is the Strickland/Fisher strategy to move our state in the right direction. The plan aims to keep and grow the jobs we have by investing in Ohio's strengths, such as energy production, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the plan will bring the jobs of the future by making sure Ohio has the most-educated workforce possible--because, in the future, jobs will go where the workforce is best educated.

The third Turnaround Ohio proposal, Learning for Life: Skills for High-Quality Jobs, aims to help meet one of the plan's most important goals: making sure workers have access to lifelong education and that employers have access to well-trained workers.

Businesses tell us that the biggest obstacle they face in expanding and growing is their ability to attract and retain highly skilled and motivated employees. We need to face facts, and get Ohioans ready. [Source: Candidate Website ]

Source: profile for 2016 Ohio Senate race Oct 7, 2006

Bob Taft: Keep budget balanced without new taxes; hold spending

    A tight budget requires tough decisions. In making those decisions, I had three goals:
  1. To balance the budget without new taxes. We’ve done that.
  2. To hold the line on spending for overhead and reduce the size of the bureaucracy. We’ve done that.
  3. And finally, and most importantly, to invest 50 percent of all new spending in education at all levels. I’m proud to report we’ve done that, too!
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Ohio Legislature Jan 24, 2001

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