From the daily archives: Friday, August 20, 2010

Governor Ted Strickland and OSU President Gordon Gee were on hand for the official dedication of the currently largest solar farm in Ohio located in Wyandot.  The solar panels were all manufactured in Ohio.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the alternative energy mandate that passed as part of Governor Strickland’s energy regulation plan will require “at least 300 megawatts of solar power generation by 2025.” 

Spokeswoman Terri Flora said AEP plans to add about 10 megawatts of solar power annually from 2011 through 2024. Those additions can come from big farms similar to Wyandot or from multiple […]

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Governor Ted Strickland and the Ohio Department of Development announced that the Department is now accepting applications for the newly created Ohio New Markets Tax Credit Program:

The New Markets Tax Credit is a critical part of our plan to create Ohio jobs in communities that have traditionally been in need of business investments,” Strickland said. “When we make it easier to make business investments in Ohio, businesses find it easier to create jobs for hard-working Ohioans.”

The program idea was first introduced by the Speaker of the House Armond Budish.

“We are one of the first states […]

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This is from the press release from the Governor’s official office, not the campaign:

“Ohio unemployment rates have declined for four months in a row and the private sector created 10,500 Ohio jobs in July.  That’s a clear sign businesses are investing in Ohio.  In recent months we’ve seen growth again because in recent years we have lowered taxes, cut red tape and invested in the industries creating jobs that are hard to outsource. 

“A recent study by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank shows that over the last three months Ohio has the sixth-fastest growing economy.  We have a long […]

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Like me, John Kasich must have watched “G.I. Joe” alot in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  The difference was I was in junior high, and he was the ranking member of the House Budget Committee.

John Kasich’s entire gubernatorial campaign seems to be that if he portrays himself as a mixture of the political DNA of enough Republicans, he’ll appear to be the greatest political leader of all time.  So far, John Kasich has mixed in his campaign the DNA of:

Former House Speaker/Adulterer Newt Gingrich

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

Former Half-Term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin […]

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Today’s July jobs report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services notes a weakening labor market just as we’re seeing nationally, but one that is still creating private sector jobs—particularly in manufacturing.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in July, down slightly from 10.5 percent in June, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 1,800 over the month, from the revised 5,045,000 in June to 5,046,800 in July.

“The number of unemployed Ohioans declined in July, and the unemployment rate decreased […]

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Yesterday, GONGWER reported Ohio House Minority Leader Batchelder said this in response to questions about John Kasich’s income tax proposal:

 “It was never his major proposal,” Mr. Batchelder said.  “It was something he had discussed at one point, and very frankly I think that it’s very clear that with the economy where it is now, that kind of a change cannot be made.”

“When he originally said it he said very carefully that it depends on the economy,” he said.

If I were still a reporter, I would have turned off my digital recorder and politely told the House Minority […]

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