2010-10-23 / Editorials & Letters

Schaffer makes his case for your support

Editor:

I ask Beacon readers for your vote for the Ohio Senate 31st district because I am focused on a vision for our communities’ future - creating jobs by cutting taxes and reshaping Ohio’s regulatory structure, leading anti-corruption reforms and building the best school system in America.

Creating good-paying jobs by cutting taxes and keeping capital investment in Ohio are my key economic goals. Ohio’s entrepreneurs will thrive in an improved business environment. The more money we keep in the hands of working families and small business the better for our economy. Tax cuts put working capital back into the economy, and that is why I voted to enact the largest tax cut in Ohio history - 21 percent income tax cut - as well as eliminated Ohio’s four major job-killing business taxes.

We face many challenges in Ohio, but larger government is not the answer. Red tape, excessive fees and taxes drive up the cost of doing business and make Ohio less attractive for new companies. I want to help shape a smaller, smarter state government. To do that, we must get control of excessive state spending, but we currently do not have the data we need to make the difficult decisions. Therefore, I sponsored Senate Bill 4, which requires performance audits of all state agencies so that we can identify and cut the fat.

Since my first day in the legislature, I pledged to defeat corruption wherever it hides. And we are winning! I authored a sweeping anti-corruption law, House Bill 181, to clean up politics in Ohio. I also passed Senate Bill 108 to prevent politicians convicted of corruption from getting out of prison early, and I cosponsored a tough new law that strips crooked politicians of their tax payer-funded pensions. In the House of Representatives, I wrote legislation to prevent convicted felons from holding public office, and I have authored improved checks and balances to prevent corruption in the Bureau of Workers Compensation.

Education is one of my highest funding priorities in the budget. I am proud to have voted consistently for increased school funding and opposed the Administration’s cuts to our schools. And when Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools called for help, I rolled up my sleeves and worked to make sure they got the buildings they were promised by the State. Considering the serious state budget shortfall we are facing, my goal is to focus more resources into the classroom and less in administration.

I take public service very seriously, and it is an honor to serve you in the Ohio Senate. Together, we can make the 31st Senate district an even greater place to live, work and raise a family. I humbly ask for your vote.

Tim Schaffer

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