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Rewind: Strickland Offered Devastating Budget 7 Years Ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio - In honor of former Governor Ted Strickland offering his devastating budget exactly seven years ago, the Portman for Senate Campaign is re-releasing “Shredded.” The web ad details Strickland’s harmful budget cuts that wreaked havoc all over Ohio.

Despite his campaign rhetoric and never-ending attempts to hide from his record, as governor, Retread Ted wrote, fought for, and signed a budget that forced devastating cuts and left no Ohioan untouched. The Columbus Dispatch said Ted’s budget shredded “the safety net for those most in need” and the Associated Press reported that “hordes of angry activists” protested the proposed cuts at the Statehouse.

Shredded” is part of the Portman Campaign’s ongoing seven-figure online ad buy that is detailing why Ted Strickland’s low-energy, “invisible” campaign can’t hide from the fact that he has the worst record of any Senate candidate in America. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Shredded.”

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“Ted Strickland has the worst record of any Senate candidate in America. As governor, he oversaw the loss of more than 350,000 jobs, Ohio ranked 48th in job creation, the rainy day fund was drained to a measly 89 cents, and despite leaving Ohioans with an unprecedented $8 billion budget gap, Strickland’s budget cut funds for Ohio’s children, needy, elderly, mentally ill, addicted, and colleges and universities. No Ohioan was left untouched by Strickland’s awful budgeting decisions,” Portman campaign spokesperson Michawn Rich said. “This Senate race offers the voters of Ohio a clear choice: a brighter future with Rob’s pro-growth policies for better wages and more jobs or a return to Ted Strickland’s failed policies of higher taxes, burdensome regulations, and bigger government."

Background on Strickland’s Budgeting:
Columbus Dispatch editors called the Strickland administration one of the most dysfunctional in Ohio history” (The Columbus Dispatch, Editorial, October 1, 2009)

“Advocates for the poor, who had urged Strickland and legislative leaders to increase the state sales tax to avoid such drastic cuts, say the budget compromise shreds the safety net for those most in need.” (The Columbus Dispatch, July 11, 2009)

The Associated Press reported that “hordes of angry activists protested the Strickland-proposed cuts at the Statehouse.  (The Associated Press, June 24, 2009)

The Strickland-backed budget deal included most of the $2.4 billion in cuts he had proposed “that will hit food pantries, early learning programs for low-income youngsters, community health centers, libraries and eligibility for state-funded child care.” (The Columbus Dispatch, July 11, 2009)

“The budget agreement also cuts by $170 million over two years the primary source of state funding to higher education. So instead of the tuition freeze in 2010 as Strickland proposed, state universities and colleges will be able to raise tuition by 3.5% over each of the next two years.” (The Columbus Dispatch, July 11, 2009)

“Operating funds for K-12 education will be cut by 0.24% each year.” (The Columbus Dispatch, July 11, 2009)

“In a midday rally on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, behavioral health advocates sizzled with disbelief that cuts of 28% for drug and alcohol addiction services… had been proposed.” (The Associated Press, June 24, 2009)

The Strickland-backed budget deal included most of the $2.4 billion in cuts he had proposed “that will hit food pantries, early learning programs for low-income youngsters, community health centers, libraries and eligibility for state-funded child care.” (The Columbus Dispatch, July 11, 2009)

“Forces in the legislature are pushing to revert to the same careless attitude of a few years ago, when Gov. Ted Strickland and the Democrat-controlled House spent the state into a disastrous $8 billion shortfall. (The Columbus Dispatch, Editorial, August 15, 2012)

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