Friday, August 21, 2009

Get serious, Governor Stricktaft.

Reinforcing Ohioans' belief that Governor Strickland is asleep at the wheel, Ohio's unemployment rate bucked the national trend and continued to increase this past month.

Despite the national rate showing improvement, Ohio unemployment somehow got worse and is now up to a whopping 11.2%.

18 straight months of increased job losses.

An 111% increase since Strickland took office.

664,000 Ohioans out of work.

One of the most obvious indicators that Ohio's Governor isn't serious about getting Ohio back on track is the fact that we've gone nearly 100 days without a permanent Director of Development.

On their homepage, the Ohio Department of Development claims to...
" to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and meaningful, targeted investments."
And yet, since the former Director's embarrassing resignation due to tax problems, we still are relying on his former deputy to run the office.

Now, I'm sure Interim Director Patt-McDaniel is a nice person, but if Ohio wants to be serious about bringing jobs to Ohio, they need someone who hasn't served their entire career as a bureaucrat.

It's been 100 days, Governor. Let's get serious.

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