Cleveland, like many other areas across the country, is in a state of economic distress and will continue to face economic challenges unless strong leadership and comprehensive job creation practices are in place. More than 200,000 jobs have been lost in Ohio, primarily in the area of manufacturing. Ohio also ranks 49th in the nation in job creation.
A competitive economy requires us to work together to ensure good jobs and security for our citizens. In our current climate, political jurisdictions are competing against each other for products and services that can be combined to create a stronger more equitably beneficial force in our society.
In an effort to decrease the heavy tax burden on taxpayers and on our local governments I will advocate for combining certain public services. As your state representative, I will also advocate for initiatives that foster job creation, set up public investment in economic development and enhance our ability to educate our future workforce in addition to promoting job retraining programs designed to assist citizens who have been forced to change careers.