Friday, February 12, 2010

Batchelder: Cost-Containment and Job Creation Ensure Ohio's Economic Success

COLUMBUS—House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) today issued the following statement in response to the Strickland administration’s announcement of nearly $366 million in cuts to state government spending:

“While I am pleased to see Governor Strickland start to focus on the costs of state government and how we can reduce those costs, I’m disappointed that more has not been done over the past year. By passing a budget that increased all funds spending by over 10 percent, these claims of reduced spending are counterintuitive to the long term economic stability of Ohio.

“Reducing government spending is only one step in the process to revive Ohio’s economy. We must also create new jobs to broaden our tax base, which will cause an overall positive economic result for our state. Job growth means revenue growth for state government without taking more of the individual taxpayers’ money. It is with these two factors together that we can start to see real outcomes, which will get Ohio out of this recession.
“Had Governor Strickland early on thought to make our state government more efficient, he would have urged House Democrats to hold numerous hearings on House Bill 25, along with the numerous other government reform proposals offered by House Republicans. By making fundamental changes to the structure of how our government operates, combined with sensible economic incentives for businesses, then we would be able to talk about serious cost savings for our state.”
02.03.10_Government Reform Package