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Who do you know in Ohio.
That's a good chance they might be looking for a job the State's unemployment rate has hit a new 25 year high up -- a two and a half points.
In the last few months it's now nine point 7% in Ohio in February it was 95 November.
Rising unemployment and a massive budget gap that's Ohio.
But -- wants to use fed money on stimulus -- the state auditor does not and she joins me now -- -- welcome to the program very good to have you with this man.
Thank you very much -- so here's the split Ted Strickland Democrat he's the government.
He wants to use the Fed -- stimulus money to stimulate you want to -- -- them build stuff you know -- and roads and bridges what have you.
You want to use the stimulus money to pay down on the State's debt towards deficit about eight billion dollars of about this.
-- -- -- basically what we're seeing in Ohio is that the governor's budget proposal is unsustainable and structurally out of balance he's using.
One time federal money and other one time state money nearly seven billion dollars in total.
To not only balance this current budget but also to increase spending by over five -- -- What do you think happens next year.
Because there is very likely to be another budget shortfall next year given the state of the economy and layoffs and what have you.
What happens next year if there was no federal money coming there.
Well we looked at 2012 and 2013 and protected exactly what would happen to Ohio in this case.
And based on the budget as it's been proposed by the governor Ohio faces a massive.
Seven point nine billion dollar deficit.
So what do you want to do you'll you'll want to use the federal money that's coming it at the so called stimulus.
You don't want to use it to stimulate you want to head down debt pay off old debt that you're less -- as the states.
What we would like to do is is to encourage the legislature and the governor to proceed with caution.
We would like for them to have a full understanding of the consequence of the decisions that they're making today.
And what the impact of that will be for Ohio in 2013.
What I do not believe that that putting Ohio in a massive hole by the end of 2013.
Is the right.
Formula for improving Ohio's economy and bringing good shots back to Ohio.
-- had to hold on for 12 because we asked governor Strickland to join us today.
He was not available couldn't it couldn't join has but he didn't give us a statement that reads and thought I'm gonna quote -- Boarded -- -- Mary Taylor appears to be advocating for tax increases.
Or severe -- cops at a time when too many Ohio and saw struggling to make ends meet.
What taxes would you increase all -- of us -- would you cut.
Rather than utilize the federal stimulus resources that -- and -- belong to Ohio taxpayers.
He's posing a question directed to your marriage and what services would you cut what taxes would you -- that's how he phrases it.
I have not advocated for tax increases in fact I think that's the absolute wrong decision that this governor and this legislature can make at this time.
What I think we need to do is get our ongoing expenditures in line with our ongoing revenues.
So that we don't continue to face a situation in Ohio where we have a growing budget.
They can't that we can't afford -- -- how taxpayers can't afford.
To pay any more in taxes we need to right size government make government smaller so that it provides the essential services that Ohio -- deserve and need.
One of the things on this program I'd be for a long time now that it is health and pension benefits to retired government look at the state workers.
That's one of the principal budget -- -- states all around the country is that a problem in Ohio.
We don't face nearly the problem that other states face across the country because our pensions have made decisions earlier on to.
To look toward funding -- long term obligations for health care.
I'm not that's not to say we don't face some.
Situations with some of our state high retiree health care plans and retirement plans.
But what we're really looking at is on the governor -- proposed a budget that proposes to find additional government programs.
But rather than using one time money whether it be federal or state one time money to bring our state budget into balance structurally and balanced.
But also stimulating the economy and I don't believe that growing government.
Is the way that you stimulate an economy that benefits your citizens for the long term that you would shrink it by.
I would that we are in -- situation in Ohio where we just cannot sustain this level of spending that -- press the government's going to the governor's question what would you cups.
Well we haven't really looked at each individual item it -- in the state budget but some suggestions that I have.
We get a comprehensive performance -- of Medicaid and we made over a hundred recommendations.
That the governor and the legislature could consider when trying to bring our Medicaid system in line with what we can afford.
Look at structural changes that actually make that program affordable -- -- highlands -- -- from Ohio we thank you very much for joining has been appreciated thank you here.
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