The Strickland Vision to Move Ohio Forward

Turnaround Ohio: the Strickland/Fisher plan to create and keep jobs in Ohio by investing in Ohio's strengths, such as energy production and entrepreneurship, while bringing us the jobs of the future by making sure that we have the most educated workforce possible.

We know that healthy, happy children are able to learn; that good learners in effective schools become educated learners ready to contribute as workers; that able workers stay where there are worthy opportunities. We know that when good jobs are performed well, for fair pay, we start a cycle of success that builds its own momentum, creating opportunities for new investment, a growing tax base, stable families -- everything Ohio has been losing for almost two decades.

Turnaround Ohio is the Strickland/Fisher strategy to make sure we start that cycle of success here in Ohio, and here are its key components:

1. Provide every child a fair start through access to high-quality early care and education.

2. Create schools that work for every child by giving teachers the tools and technology they need to stimulate creative, problem-solving students to power Ohio's 21st century economy.

3. Dramatically increase the number of students in Ohio's colleges and universities by broadening access and ensuring that those who attend succeed and graduate with a degree that counts.

4. Focus on Ohio's strengths by building on Ohio's regional economies and globally competitive industries, spurring small and mid-size business growth, supporting emerging entrepreneurs in our cities, fostering innovation and unleashing the potential of Ohio's great universities and investing in next generation energy as a job source as well as a resource.

5. Provide all Ohioans the opportunities to attain skills for high-quality jobs.

6. Stabilize health costs for government and businesses alike and advance the health of our citizens by increasing the number of Ohioans who have access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, preventing illnesses and injury and focusing on community-based services for children, families, older adults and persons with disabilities.

7. Retain, create and attract jobs worthy of Ohio workers by focusing on industry sectors in which Ohio companies are growing, and which will spur our economy to generate wealth and prosperity for the future.

Read more about Ted's vision to Turnaround Ohio.

Restoring Transparency and Accountability to the Bureau of Workers Compensation

Introduced: September 13, 2006

The Strickland-Fisher Administration will take bold action to implement real reform at the Ohio Bureau of Workersĺ─˘ Compensation. Our plan will rebuild the trust relationship that must exist between business, labor and the workersĺ─˘ compensation delivery system and assure that the system operates to serve their interests.

Revitalizing Our Cities and Towns

Introduced: August 21, 2006

Revitalizing Our Cities and Towns is our commitment to give local leaders the tools they need to create jobs and attract investments to make their communities vibrant centers of commerce. There are no great states without great cities, and as Governor and Lt. Governor, we will pursue a revitalization plan and an urban investment agenda that will work to create jobs in vibrant cities, provide an education that works for every student, and ensure we have safe and healthy communities throughout Ohio.

Improving Our Healthcare System to Benefit All Ohioans

Introduced: August 17, 2006

Ohioĺ─˘s employers, providers, and consumers are all experiencing the detrimental effects of escalating healthcare costs. There are 1.3 million uninsured in Ohio, many of whom are working full-time. In part because of this high number, health insurance premiums for those Ohioans who do have coverage are increasing at an alarming rate. Our healthcare system also fails to deliver adequate primary care services that could prevent many of the chronic and more costly healthcare conditions currently driving up the cost of care.

While government alone canĺ─˘t solve these problems, Ted Strickland believes the State of Ohio can play an important role in strengthening our healthcare system and reducing the cost of health care coverage. A Strickland-Fisher Administration will substantially increase the number of Ohioans covered by establishing a free-market clearinghouse for private health insurance plans where all uninsured Ohioansĺ─ţregardless of incomeĺ─ţcan purchase coverage at reasonable prices.

The Turnaround Ohio Government Accountability Plan: Living Within Our Means, Investing In What Matters, and Demanding Results

Introduced: July 24, 2006

The Ohio Government Accountability Plan demonstrates how we will live within our means and invest in what matters by focusing on core goals and directing the entire state government and budget toward meeting those goals. It is our roadmap to a lean, competitive, modern government that is a critical player in Ohioĺ─˘s economic growth.

Making Ohio a Place that Our Past and Present Military Want to Call Home

Introduced: June 23, 2006

Ohio has a proud history of its sons and daughters serving in our nationĺ─˘s armed forces. In fact, Ohio is home to over 1 million veterans and tens of thousands more who are serving today. Over 50% of Ohioĺ─˘s National Guard members have answered the call to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as recent national disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. It is these men and women that have sacrificed for us all. And it is these men and women who deserve a Governor to stand with them and stand for them, recognizing their service and fulfilling the promises made by a grateful nation and a grateful state.

Learning for Life: High-Quality Education for High-Quality Jobs

Introduced: April 24, 2006

To turnaround Ohio and give all Ohioans and their families an opportunity to better themselves, we must sharply increase the percentage of Ohioans who go on to complete college, certification or other training and make sure that high-quality jobs are awaiting them when they do so. We must change our entire attitude about the importance of lifelong learning. Ohioans must be able to access a fluid, continuous learning system ĺ─ý one that provides a seamless progression from early childhood through higher education and on, with each step in the progression equal in value. We must set high goals, raise aspirations and expectations and open the doors for every Ohioan to the learning environments that will challenge and prepare our next generation.

Jobs Worthy of Ohioans: The Strickland/Fisher Strategy for Job Creation in Ohio

Introduced: April 10, 2006

The Strickland/Fisher Strategy for Job Creation in Ohio proposal meets a number of Turnaround Ohio's most important goals: developing the jobs of the future, providing opportunities for our young people, boosting the wages of Ohio workers, promoting better labor relations, spurring entrepreneurship and enterprise expansion, and renewing the state's economic infrastructure. With these goals, we can raise the incomes of all Ohioans and propel our economy into the 21st century.

BroadbandOhio: Powering Ohio's Economy and Connecting it to World Markets

Introduced: March 13, 2006

The BroadbandOhio: Powering Ohio's Economy and Connecting it to World Markets proposal aims to help meet one of Turnaround Ohio's most important goals: developing the jobs of the future by leveraging the state's investment in broadband infrastructure to create a competitive, well-connected economy in Ohio.

Learning for Life: Skills for High-Quality Jobs

Introduced: March 6, 2006

Businesses tell us that the biggest obstacle they face in expanding and growing is their ability to attract and retain highly skilled and motivated employees. We need to face facts, and get Ohioans ready for the jobs of the 21st century. Ohio has 1.4 million workers with less than a high school diploma and an additional 1 million with some college, but no degree.

More than 60% of jobs that our businesses will create by the year 2012 will require some college education. Census data shows that just two years of education, such as an associate's degree, is worth $400,000 to an who pursues additional education. And, as Ohio's economy continues its transition to a service and knowledge-oriented economy, recent SBA studies show that higher rates of educational attainment will result in higher small business survival rates.

Ohio spends about $400 million a year on and workforce education and training. Our investments should be reaping tremendous rewards for our state, and helping us to create jobs, stimulate new business development and help companies to better meet the global competition of new markets. But they are not.

Learning for Life: A Fair Start for Every Ohio Child

Introduced: February 14, 2006

Children are born learning. The miracle of brain research has shown us that roughly 85% of a child's brain is developed by age 5. Yet, currently, less than 1.5% of Ohio's investment in children occurs by that time. The earliest years offer a tremendous opportunity for building a lifetime of positive outcomes. We can and should support Ohio's parents in making smart choices that help each child have the best possible start in life.

Investment in high quality early care and learning will help us simultaneously improve Ohio's social, education, and economic outcomes.

Far too many Ohio children are falling behind at the start of their academic journeys. This achievement gap has roots that begin long before a child enters the schoolhouse door. Participation in high quality early learning programs is a demonstrated method for boosting school readiness for vulnerable children. We must make such opportunities available to all Ohio's children, particularly those at risk of failure.

Powering Ohio's Economy: The Strickland Strategy for Creating Good Jobs through Clean Energy in Ohio

Introduced: December 9, 2005

Ohio has one of the most energy intensive economies in the country. To put it simply, our industries, from farming to chemicals, from automotive parts to software, use a lot of energy. According to the United States Department of Energy, Ohio is 6th in total energy consumed; 4th in use of electricity and the 4th largest industrial energy user in the US.

So when energy prices skyrocket, not only do ordinary Ohioans struggle to make ends meet, but the vast supply chain that powers Ohio's businesses is vulnerable. Thousands of Ohio jobs are at stake in the three industry sectors in which energy and jobs are closely intertwined: automotive manufacturing, agriculture and power generation.

Because of this reality, Ohio has a tremendous opportunity to grow its economy by building on its existing strength in energy production. A recent study by Policy Matters and the Apollo Alliance showed that as many as 22,000 new jobs could be created in Ohio by investing in alternative energy.