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Burkley: Achieving our priorities depends on strong job creation
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:16 PM

By Rep. Tony Burkley

During the course of my 16 years as Paulding County Commissioner, I had the opportunity to work on several budgets. No matter the level of government, the budget is important for the obvious reason that it sets the priorities for the coming couple of years.

Understanding that the state operating budget is a bigger animal to address than county budgets, I was just as eager to learn from my colleagues as I was ready to share my thoughts and opinions.

I believe the finished product is something that will continue our state on the upward trajectory that it has been on over the course of the past two years. Since the time the previous budget was signed into law in 2011, Ohioans have created more than 170,000 private sector jobs and wages in Ohio are growing faster than the national average. That budget closed an $8 billion budget shortfall without raising taxes, and in fact even eliminated the estate (or “death”) tax.