Democratic governor candidate Schiavoni announces jobs plan

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Sen. Joe Schiavoni on Thursday announced the jobs plan that he would implement if he’s elected governor next year.

Schiavoni, one of four Democrats seeking to replace GOP Gov. John Kasich, is proposing a mix of infrastructure projects and economic and workforce development.

To fund the program, he’s proposing the repeal of a business-income tax cut that’s costing state government $1.1 billion in annual revenue. The cut was sold as a way to create jobs, but Ohio continues to lag behind the rest of the nation in job growth.

Among the measures in the Boardman Democrat’s plan:

    • Create a revolving loan program for businesses with fewer than 500 employees.
    • Invest more than $22 million a year in school- and workplace-based technical education.
    • Implement a $1 billion, 10-year program to repair Ohio’s water and sewer systems.
    • Create a $10 million grant program for such projects as urban reforestation, floodplain restoration, rainwater harvesting, dam removal and other environmentally oriented jobs.
    • Prohibit companies that send service-sector jobs overseas from accessing state-funded grants and loans.

“When Ohio is facing an $800 million budget shortfall, taxpayers’ dollars should not be used to give grants and loans to companies that send Ohio jobs overseas,” Schiavoni said in a statement. “This is a common-sense bill that protects families and workers here in Ohio.”

In addition to Schiavoni, former state Rep. Connie Pillich of Montgomery, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Copley and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley are the Democrats seeking the gubernatorial nomination.
On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Attorney General Mike DeWine and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci are running.
Originally published at the Columbus Dispatch.