COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, as Ted Strickland continues his desperate effort to reset his failing campaign, his latest TV ad fails to truthfully defend his failed record as governor. While Strickland claims he didn't cut education funding, the facts prove he did.
"When you're explaining, you're losing," Portman spokesperson Michawn Rich said. "Ted Strickland was the worst governor in modern Ohio history, and despite his latest bogus claim, he gutted education funding. We know it is hard to defend the worst Senate candidate in America, but when doing so, one should stick to facts. The fact is Ted Strickland oversaw the loss of more than 350,000 jobs when Ohio ranked 48th in job creation -- and Ohio voters simply cannot afford to return to Retread Ted's Ohio."
Last week, the Portman campaign launched a new ad featuring Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer highlighting Strickland's heartless cuts as governor. You may watch the ad by clicking here.
Background on Strickland’s Cuts to Education:
Columbus Dispatch editors called the Strickland administration “one of the most dysfunctional in Ohio history” (The Columbus Dispatch, Editorial, October 1, 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)
Strickland cut funding for Ohio’s colleges and universities
“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)
"For students at Ohio State University in Columbus, this could mean an extra $300 a year in tuition.” (Tuition freeze casualty of Ohio budget cuts, Associated Press, July 8, 2009)
Strickland cut funds for School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind
Strickland’s budget in 2009 cut funds for the School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind. The cuts are widespread, including areas such as textbooks, equipment that helps students communicate and pricier salad-bar items in the school cafeteria... The School for the Blind has stopped buying Braille textbooks and special equipment that helps students with multiple disabilities communicate. (The Columbus Dispatch, August 17, 2009)
Strickland cut preschool for poor children
“Operating funds for K-12 education will be cut by 0.24% each year.” (The Columbus Dispatch, July 11, 2009)
Strickland’s budget in 2009 cut funds for The Early Learning Initiative - a preschool program for poor children. Ohio slashed preschool programs more than any other state in the nation, according to a new report. The state-by-state analysis found that Ohio cut the largest percentage of funding from preschool education and, as a result, will deny services to the largest number of children. (The Columbus Dispatch, October 23, 2009)
Strickland cut funding for preschools, literacy programs and school bus purchases in 2008. The list of new cuts is extensive: $10.2 million from county mental-health agencies, $12.7 million from welfare programs, $4 million from child-care subsidies, more than $13 million combined from public preschools, bus purchases, literacy programs and aid to private schools for books and supplies. (The Columbus Dispatch, October 1, 2008)