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.
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.
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.