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Presidential Campaigns Take Shape In Ohio

When Republican Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, David Linsky was, and still is, a member of that state’s legislature.  Linsky says Romney’s policies hurt that state. "Mitt Romney made 3 simple promises when he ran for Governor.  He promised us more jobs, he promised us less debt and he promised us smaller government.  But Governor Romney broke each and every one of those promises.  Romney economics led to slower job creation, more debt and bigger government." Says Linsky. Linsky says he is speaking out to set the record straight. But Kyle Koehler, a business owner from Northwest Ohio, says many of the state’s small businesses cannot continue under the policies of President Obama. "The ever changing tax code that changes on an annual basis in order to pick winners and losers.  We need to simplify that so it doesn’t change so we as a business can plan from one year to the next. " Koehler says Koehler says the President’s environmental policies are hurting businesses.  And he’s afraid for the future if President Obama is re-elected, especially when it comes to the effects of the President’s health care plan.  Koehler says he provides good health care coverage for his employees and that will be in jeopardy if the new national health care law takes effect. "If it’s fully implemented, we are going to compete with companies that simply drop their health care, pay the penalty and settle for cut rate government health care." Says Koehler.  "It’s something we would never do for our employees because we have to care about them like we care for our own families.  In the end, we are not going to be able to compete with folks who do that." But Linsky of Massachusetts says that’s not what happened when Massachusetts put its health care plan in place under Governor Romney. "People did not have to give up their private health care coverage.  They stayed with it.  People are happy with it.  We are actually working now on some health containment measures.  The rate of increases in health insurance costs are now much lower than they are in the rest of the nation.  The experiment is working, quite frankly, in Massachusetts." Says Linsky. Democrats credit the health care initiative for already providing care to people who could not otherwise get care.  And Democrats say the bailout of the auto industry that the president backed and Romney then opposed are working to keep many Ohioans in jobs.  They note one of every 8 jobs in Ohio is tied to the auto industry.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.