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Lawmakers work to reenergize Ohio

State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) has unveiled proposals by Ohio House Republicans to spur economic development. Baker and other members of the House Republican Caucus, including Minority Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) and Representatives Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster), Todd Snitchler (R-Uniontown), Dave Hall (R-Killbuck), and Terry Boose (R-Norwalk), revealed extensive plans to bring about job creation and industry growth. 
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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 11:57 AM, 09.21.2009

View from the Cheap Seats: How to avoid mowing the lawn

Just as we think we have the future planned, something comes along to change everything. Saturday was a small example. I’d planned to mow the lawn, wash the car and get a couple of “honey-do’s” completed. My wife says… well never mind.

Anyway, before I could face the lawn, I went to a friend’s house for a minute. It was a beautiful day, perfect for playing with old cars. You can’t waste these opportunities this time of year. As we stood in his driveway talking, he handed me a campaign flyer from Debbie Sutherland. “Do you think anybody believes this garbage?” he asked, obviously not expecting an answer. He let me keep the flyer. This column was going to be focused on making you familiar with Jim Scott, but not anymore. Sorry – I can’t help myself. I’d like to keep these columns light, but if I don’t get this said, my brain may explode.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:53 PM, 09.22.2009

A Commitment to Higher Education Creates Job Opportunities

As education level becomes increasingly integral to an individual’s job opportunities, access to higher education should not be determined by affordability. Every Ohioan deserves the opportunity to receive a post-secondary education and to obtain a broader skill set for their life endeavors. Today, one of the most serious threats facing those who wish to pursue higher education is skyrocketing tuition costs.  

To address the growing financial burden that many students face, the College Savings Plans Network has designated September as “College Savings Month.” This initiative serves to assist families as they plan for the cost of a college education and financing the future. If you or someone you know is planning to pursue a college degree, I encourage you to research the many grant and scholarship opportunities available through the state, particularly the Ohio Board of Regents. One such scholarship is the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program, which is offered to students who major in science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields. This program strives to increase the number of graduates in these fields to prepare Ohio for a modern, high-tech economy.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:53 PM, 09.22.2009

Raise Taxes, Kill Jobs

As a small business owner I understand the challenges that the businesses in our community are facing, and I am committed to expanding employment opportunities and making Ohio more business-friendly. Now more than ever, it is essential that state leaders focus on getting people back to work by attracting businesses and jobs to our state, and the first crucial step is reexamining our tax laws to ensure that we are providing enough incentives to start or expand a business in Ohio. 

Today’s global market is highly competitive and highly mobile, and businesses frequently relocate from high-tax states to low-tax states where they have the best chance for economic success. However, Ohio has the 7th highest tax burden in the nation and conveys a strong message that we punish, not reward, economic success. Thus, the growing financial burden on taxpayers will ultimately inhibit business growth and job creation in Ohio.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 2:13 PM, 09.08.2009

View from the Cheap Seats

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. In fact, I’ve always wanted to write a periodic newspaper column. My wife says it’s because I was born with a little known mental impairment called Recreational Self Abuse Disorder (commonly known as RSAD). Given a choice, people with RSAD will choose whatever action makes their life more miserable. In any case, when I saw the Observer and talked to the Observer staff, I came to understand how this publication works, and I got really excited (RSAD sufferers get excited any time they see an opportunity to make things more difficult for themselves).
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 2:58 PM, 09.05.2009

The Bay Library Needs Our Help

With the tight presidential race and the contentious casino gambling issue garnering much of the election spotlight this year, one important issue may not be at the forefront of voters' minds. The Cuyahoga County Library system has a 2.5 mill levy (Issue 127) on the ballot, and the sagging economy may cause voters to tighten their purse strings at the polls.
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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 12:37 PM, 10.11.2008