Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Boehner on Strickland's Thirst for "Stimulus"

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH) coming to Washington, D.C., to ask for more “stimulus” dollars:

“The so-called stimulus package has been a disaster in the Buckeye State, yet the Strickland administration is looking for more federal dollars to spend. While hundreds of thousands of Ohioans remain out of work and companies leaving the state, the administration continues to refuse to set up an independent, bipartisan oversight board to ensure Ohioans that their precious dollars are being spent appropriately. If Gov. Strickland’s administration refuses to submit to this scrutiny, why should taxpayers agree to entrust them with millions of dollars more?”

NOTE: Ohio has suffered more than its share of “stimulus” missteps, among them:

· A $57 million slush-fund to study projects that may never get built while denying funding for shovel-ready projects;

· Attempting to award $1.1 million to clean up a Cold-War era weapons facility that was declared clean two years ago;

· $1.2 million to pay the salaries of Columbus City police recruits with no plan for how to continue paying them when federal dollars dry up.