On Thursday, a bi-partisan group of 23 mayors from cities across Ohio sent a letter to the Ohio Congressional delegation urging action on the American Jobs Act to put Ohioans back to work:
As Mayors serving in the great State of Ohio, we ask you to work with urgency to pass the American Jobs Act. The Act will help Ohio’s cities and its citizens.
Only a few weeks ago, The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services announced that the statewide unemployment rate for August was up again to 9.1%. That means that more than half a million Ohioans are out of work. Without proactive steps from our federal leaders, those numbers will only get worse.
The American Jobs Act provides $5 billion in funding to keep police officers and firefighters working. It will put Ohioans to work rehabbing distressed homes, small business, and schools. It helps employ people with a history of service, like veterans and teachers. The Act invests in cities by investing heavily in transportation infrastructure; putting Ohioans to work building roads, bridges and trains. It also provides much needed assistance to the long-term unemployed, helping them end the frustrating process of searching for a job. And, the American Jobs Act will help every Ohio worker by creating a tax cut of $1500 for the typical family.
Ohioans want to go back to work. Ohioans want to be a part of a stronger economy. The American Jobs Act is the right plan. Please act quickly to pass The American Jobs Act.
Mayor Mark Mallory, Cincinnati, OH
Mayor Michael P. Bell, Toledo, OH
Mayor David J. Berger, Lima, OH
Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Columbus, OH
Mayor Warren Copeland, Springfield, OH
Mayor William A. Currin, Hudson, OH
Mayor Joan Dautel, Fairborn, OH
Mayor Dean DePiero, Parma, OH
Mayor Bill Flaute, Riverside, OH
Mayor Karen Fritschel, Stow, OH
Mayor William J. Healy II, Canton, OH
Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Cleveland, OH
Mayor Ed Kelley, Cleveland Heights, OH
Mayor Earl M. Leiken, Shaker Heights, OH
Mayor Gary Leitzell, Dayton, OH
Mayor Michael J. O’Brien, Warren, OH
Mayor Gary Milner, Delaware, OH
Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic, Akron, OH
Mayor Bradley McCloud, Renyoldsburg, OH
Mayor Charles P. Sammarone, Youngstown, OH
Mayor Scott Schertzer, Marion, OH
Mayor Georgine Welo, South Euclid, OH
Mayor Paul Wiehl, Athens, OH