It's All About Jobs!
Thank you to the Westlake | Bay Village Observer for giving me the opportunity to share some of the exciting work we've accomplished in this 130th General Assembly. I am serving my sixth year at the Ohio House as your District 16 State Representative representing Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.
I currently chair the Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee and serve on the Ways and Means and Labor and Commerce Committees. In 2011, we were faced with balancing a budget with an $8 billion budget deficit. Our budget is now balanced and we enacted pro-job legislation, making us now a much stronger, productive Ohio.
During those very difficult times, balancing our state budget had to be our highest priority. We asked every state agency to tighten their budgets as our taxpayers and businesses had already done. Increasing taxes on our struggling Ohioans was not an option. Now, in 2014, Ohio is successfully emerging from one of the most pivotal economic periods in history.
I am proud to say that over 250,000 new private sector jobs have been created since January 2011 (we lost nearly 400,000 jobs prior to 2011) and according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, Ohio is again a national leader in job creation: No. 1 in job creation in the Midwest since January 2013 and No. 7 in the nation in job creation in the past year. Our focus in the next General Assembly is to reinforce our workforce training initiatives.
State Representative Nan Baker representing the 16th Ohio House District