JOBS AND THE DEFICIT
Columbus – State Representative Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) issued the following statement in response to Governor Strickland’s State of the State Address today.
“The Governor had a very difficult task today – to talk about the state of our state when Ohio’s unemployment rate of 10.9% is near a 30 year high. Just three years ago it was 5.2%. Clearly the state of our economy is difficult. The Governor was feisty and optimistic and sounded like our lead cheerleader, but the question is – ‘Is that enough?’ He had the proper focus with the vast majority of his speech geared towards the economy and jobs as he outlined a number of jobs related initiatives. Unfortunately, Ohio does not have money in the bank to finance any expensive programs. I appreciate his focus on job creation, but I am sure that hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who are without a job today are asking, ‘Is this too little too late?’”
“Diversifying our economy into new economy jobs is the right approach, and I appreciate the Governor mentioning the bi-partisan jobs bill that I sponsored last General Assembly, but I was most disappointed in what he did not say. He did not address the significant budget deficit facing Ohio and how we can begin tackling that difficult issue with solutions today. The pending financial and budgetary pressure needs to start being addressed and worked on now. The governor’s failure to outline how Ohio’s state government can change and improve to meet those challenges is very worrisome.“
“I look forward to working with Governor Strickland to improve the business climate in Ohio and to improve the job market. His failure to outline any solution to the budget crisis leads me to believe that too many still lack the courage to address the much needed reforms that can help avert a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.”