Schuring Pledges Development, Job Growth at Wooster Debate
State Sen. Kirk Schuring touted his 15-year record of working with area companies and communities during a debate Wednesday night that centered on economic development and jobs.
"There are many economic challenges that we must address. We need someone who understands the needs of this district and is the voice of the people of this district. I've been doing that in the state legislature."
Schuring, Republican candidate for the 16th Congressional District, noted that he authored joint economic development district laws citing East Union Township and Apple Creek as an example that helped foster economic development and create jobs.
"I've also worked to get the city of Wooster historic tax credits to renovate the downtown."
The debate at the Arden Shisler Center was sponsored by the Coalition for the Support of Business and Jobs, an arm of the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce.
Schuring said he supports the BioHio program.
"Developing partnerships with higher education institutions is critical. I'll work hard to provide federal capital for research and development," he said.
In the area of workforce development, Schuring said we live in "an intensely competitive global market where we must compete."
He said Wayne County colleges could serve as catalysts for developing ideas and fostering students' innovation.
"It's about productivity and we must retain and grow jobs here in the district. As your congressman, I will work with business and education to make that happen."
Schuring addressed Washington's recent bailout of the financial markets.
"The federal government should not be purchasing the bad debt of businesses. I would have preferred low-interest loans to be given to allow them to get their financial house in order."
Schuring said he supports regulatory reform to ensure the crisis on Wall Street does not happen again. He also said "we can't do business as usual with federal earmarks. There must be a process that includes a cost-benefit analysis."
Schuring said the Department of Energy has done little in 30 years, proving that Washington is broken.
"We need an aggressive plan for developing alternative sources of fuel and move toward energy independence."
Schuring said creating more economic empowerment zones like BioHio, maintaining a quality transportation system and an educated workforce are essential for retaining jobs and attracting new ones in Ohio.
He also disagreed with his opponent, John Boccieri, on card check.
"This takes away the fundamental right to a private vote. I support workers' rights to unionize, but it must be done without fear of coercion or intimidation. I'm not out on the far right on this, none other than George McGovern agrees with me on this issue."
Schuring said, "frustration, worry and concern translates into passion in this district. The American spirit is still strong. We need a way to channel it. We need a leader in Congress who knows the pulse of this district and will bring fresh ideas to Washington."