Ohio is not only a swing state it is also a "No Right To Work State" as unions reign supreme here. National and international companies have detoured from investing manufacturing plants because of the "Right To Work" status of Ohio. Democrats will make it even harder for non-union people as they are ready to enforce a law that will require 140,000,000 workers to openly (not secretly) vote for or against union participation at their place of employment.
Right-to-work laws are statutes enforced in twenty-two U.S. states, mostly in the southern or western U.S., allowed under provisions of the Taft-Hartley Act, which prohibit agreements between trade unions and employers making membership or payment of union dues or "fees" a condition of employment, either before or after hiring. Wikipedia
Ohio, again, ranks in the bottom 5 of tax-friendly states.Ohio is
not tax-friendly toward businesses or individuals.
The ranking is a combination of scores for states' income, sales,
property, corporate and unemployment insurance tax rates. Those are scored on a scale of zero to 10 for how conducive or hostile to business they are, and are weighted by importance in that order. Columbus.Biz.Journal.ComI have a brother who is vice president of an American-based
international company. They moved their HQ long ago out of state because of labor (union pressured) costs.American auto companies have paid Ford, Gm, and Chrysler
employees up to $130,000 per year - average - in income and added benefits. This cannot be sustained as the state of Michigan has proven.Following is one of many manufacturers who have decided against moving into Ohio because of an Obama-sized anti-business attitude:Ohio Governor Blames Steel Plant Exodus on Delay of Energy Bill by House Speaker - "The company considering Ohio was Steel Development LLC, a scrap-based still mill owned by a group of American and European steel executives. The group was exploring Ohio for its $1 billion facility that would have employed 500 people, according to a report in the Mansfield News
Our state overpays public school teachers more than most states,
despite the dismal performance and achievement of our students. Obama, as the all-things-to-all-men promises to throw even more money at a wasteful, failing public school system. Teacher raises have outpaced inflation - and other
American's income by a large percentage. Average teacher salary in Ohio is
$50,000 with another 30% added for benefits and golden parachute retirement. Most politicians are afraid to reign in the teacher unions which have tugged at the hearts of taxpayers for accelerated funding of schools increased while producing some of the dumbest, most uneducated kids in the world. Public school expensed gobble up a huge amount of Ohio and local taxes.
Ohio's public school teachers earn as much as accountants, computer programmers, registered nurses and others in comparable occupations, according to an analysis released Wednesday by Education Week magazine. Nationwide, teachers are paid only 88 cents for every $1 earned in 16 comparable professions, the latest Quality Counts report says.
No wonder we trail the international community.
The disappointing performance of U.S. teenagers in math and science on an international exam, in scores released yesterday, has sparked calls for improvement in public schools to help the countrykeep pace in the global economy. The scores from the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment showed that U.S. 15-year-olds trailed their peers from many industrialized countries. The average science score of U.S. students lagged behind those in 16 of 30 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based group that represents theworld's richest countries. The U.S. students were further behind in math, trailing counterparts in 23 countries. Washington Post
Ohio has many dangerous cities, where Democrats rule the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. As a result, we have to expend a lion share of our government budget on welfare, Medicaid, prison, extra funding for "difficult children," unwed mothers, and other Jobs And Family type programs.
'Most Dangerous' Cities CINCINNATI (TDB) -- A new ranking of the nation's "most dangerous" 25 cities based on serious crime data
compiled by the FBI last year puts four in Ohio -- the worst record of any state. Cleveland is No. 10; Youngstown is 15; Cincinnati is 16 and Dayton is 19. The data portrays the Ohio cities as far more dangerous places than even Philadelphia, Atlanta and Newark, which have a history of leading the U.S. in murders. Bellwether.blogspot.com
The poverty engendered by Democrat policy in education and welfare
programs is growing in Ohio where the "hate the rich, hate the entrepreneur, and hate the businessman" attitude is prevalent. We do make feeble attempts to entice companies, but it usually involves gigantic tax and other concessions
which actually burden the taxpayer even more.