Strickland: First job is to fight for jobsWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted Strickland said his first job as governor is to fight for Ohio jobs in any way he can.
“To fight for Ohio jobs by investing resources into Ohio’s advantages. To fight for jobs by investing in our people. To fight for jobs by making Ohio the best place to grow a business,” he said.
The governor spoke with attendees of the Good Government Pre-Election Speaker Series on Aug. 27. The six-speaker series is presented by The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and EPIC Toledo to educate voters about each candidate.
Strickland said Ohio has one of the lowest business taxes in the Midwest and with the help of the business community Ohio has cut more than 300 regulations to eliminate red tape. Strickland has fought for capital to get into the hands of job creators so they can afford and expand and hire more workers, he said.
In addition, Strickland has made a commitment to education in the state. There are more than 65,500 students in state universities today than there was in 2006, Strickland said.
Strickland also noted that the state’s Third Frontier program, although started by his predecessor, is important for the state.
“There are Third Frontier companies that are literally inventing the cure for rust and in the process they are inventing the cure for the Rust Belt,” he said.
Strickland said his opponent, John Kasich, is advocating for reform within the Bureau of Workers Compensation, which has already been reformed with the help of business leaders and questions the funding process for the Third Frontier program.
“Kasich needs to understand that you don’t need to fix things that are working and you don’t have duplicate everything that’s being done,” he said.
The Good Government Pre-Election Speaker Series is free, but registration is required. All events will be hosted at PNC Auditorium, 405 Madison Ave.
Kasich spoke with the group Aug. 13.
The next in the series are 9th Congressional District candidates Libertarian Joseph Jaffe, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and Republican Rich Iott, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 10. For more information about the series, call Dee Isch at (419) 243-8191 Ext. 243. To register, visit www.toledochamber.com.