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Strickland’s Budget Woes Revealed

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, the Portman for Senate Campaign released “Shredded,” a new web ad detailing former Governor Ted Strickland’s harmful budget cuts that wreaked havoc all over Ohio. Despite his newfound campaign rhetoric and attempts to hide from his record, as Governor, Ted Strickland oversaw Ohio’s economy and forced devastating budget cuts that left no Ohioan untouched. “Shredded” is expected to reach two million Ohioans over the next three weeks and begins running online across Ohio today. The ad is part of the Portman for Senate Campaign’s ongoing six-figure online ad buy and is further proof Ted Strickland’s low-energy, “invisible” campaign can’t hide from his awful record.

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Over the next week, we will share the laundry list of Ted Strickland’s devastating budget cuts. “Shredded” will serve as a sneak peek.

“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 89 cents, and despite leaving Ohioans with an unprecedented $8 billion budget gap, Strickland’s budgets cut funds for Ohio’s children, needy, elderly, mentally ill, addicted, and colleges and universities,” Portman campaign spokesperson Michawn Rich said. “No Ohioan was left untouched by Strickland’s budgeting decisions.”

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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