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Rewind: Strickland "on his way to being forever regarded as a colossal failure"

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Exactly seven years ago today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published a column detailing why Ted Strickland's governorship was "close to being a lost cause" due to his devastating "papier-mache" budget that wreaked havoc across the state and left no Ohioan untouched. The column went on to say, "with breathtaking ineptitude, this governor has almost single-handedly created one of the worst budget crises in the state's 206-year history" and that Strickland was "well on his way to being forever regarded as a colossal failure."

Gov. Strickland is sinking fast, and taking Ohio down with him
Brent Larkin
Cleveland Plain Dealer
September 27, 2009

Ohio has had lots of bad governors, so it's premature to predict how low Ted Strickland's place on that list will be. 

But Strickland's trajectory is unmistakable. With breathtaking ineptitude, this governor has almost single-handedly created one of the worst budget crises in the state's 206-year history

Strickland's papier-mache state budget was based on the premise that he could end-run the Ohio Constitution. The governor and his lawyers, presumably from the firm of Barnum & Bailey, convinced their lemmings in the legislature that they could hand Ohio's seven racetracks a monopoly on slot machines -- all while denying voters their democratic right to resist the slots giveaway in an election... 

Strickland's governorship is close to being a lost cause...

An independent study released this month concluded that Taft's Third Frontier program has created 41,300 jobs and generated $6.6 billion in economic activity. 

Strickland can boast of no accomplishment that comes close to matching the Third Frontier. So, if he cares at all about how history views him, this governor better figure out in a hurry that he's well on his way to being forever regarded as a colossal failure.

LINK: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2009/09/gov_strickland_is_sinking_fast.html

Background:
Despite his campaign rhetoric and never-ending attempts to hide from his record, as governor, Ted Strickland 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. In May, the Portman for Senate Campaign released “Shredded,” a web ad detailing the former Governor's harmful budget cuts. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Shredded.”

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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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