FACT CHECK: Sometimes A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

COLUMBUS, OH -- Just like the ultimate Washington insider that he is, Senator Portman is relying on his shadowy Super PAC to launch false attacks against Ted Strickland in order to distract from the toxic Portman-Trump agenda and Portman’s own record as a “dedicated outsourcer.”

From David Bergstein, Strickland Campaign Spokesman: “There is no amount of shadowy, special interest Super PAC money or false attacks  that can distract Ohioans from Senator Portman’s record as the ultimate Washington insider, his decades-long support for unfair trade deals that have shipped hundreds of thousands of jobs to places like China -- or Portman’s refusal to do his job and consider the Supreme Court nominee. Newspapers and fact checkers agree: Ted put Ohio on the road to economic recovery, oversaw a tax cut for every Ohioan, and balanced the budget every year. Ted even won the Governor’s Cup from Site Selection Magazine three years in a row for having the best state in the country to locate a business in. This false attack is just the latest evidence that Portman and his team are panicking over the prospect of running with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket.”

Sometimes a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Here’s the cover of Site Selection Magazine, with Ted Strickland in first place -- you can see the facts for yourself below.

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False claim: Ted has a negative record for Ohio.
FACT: Newspapers said “Strickland has served the region and the state well.”

  • Akron Beacon Journal: “Strickland moved the state ahead as governor...He steered the state through the harsh recession, making hard choices yet protecting leading priorities.” [Akron Beacon Journal Editorial,1/9/13]

  • Dayton Daily News: Strickland “pulled the state through a certified crisis as well as anyone could.” [Dayton Daily News Editorial,10/13/10]

  • Youngstown Vindicator: “Strickland has served the region and the state well.” [Youngstown Vindicator Editorial,10/17/10]

False Claim: Strickland was responsible for a global recession that cost jobs.
FACT: PolitiFact called this claim “false.” Newspapers, economists and fact checkers agree — Ohio’s recovery began under Strickland. And Strickland Won Site Selection Magazine’s Governor’s Cup 3 Years In A Row For Best State To Locate A Business In.

  • PolitiFact: “The Claim That Strickland Destroyed Ohio Jobs Amounts to Political Hyperbole.” [PolitiFact, 10/19/10]

  • Strickland Won Site Selection Magazine Governor’s Cup 3 Years In A Row For best State to Locate A Business In. [Site Selection Magazine, Press Release, 3/3/08; Site Selection Magazine, Press Release, 3/9/09; Site Selection Magazine, Press Release, 3/3/10]

  • Ohio Economist George Zeller: Ohio’s Recovery Began Under Ted Strickland. [PolitiFact 1/24/13]

  • Cincinnati Enquirer: “The State’s Recovery Began Under Strickland.” [Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/20/15]

  • Akron Beacon Journal: Strickland “Steered the state through the harsh recession, making hard choices yet protecting leading priorities.” [Akron Beacon Journal Editorial, 1/9/13]

False claim: Strickland raised taxes.
FACT: Strickland oversaw a tax cut for every Ohioan.

  • Under Strickland “Lawmakers Reduced Taxes,” Strickland “Slashed Spending.” “Lawmakers actually reduced taxes for individuals and businesses. Republicans rallied to the first Strickland budget because it held spending in check. Strickland then slashed spending during the final two years of his term. [Akron Beacon Journal, 7/8/13]

  • Dayton Daily News Editorial: Strickland “Never Raised Taxes.” “He highlighted policies like the Third Frontier (inaugurated by a Republican predecessor), started with a tax cut for seniors, never raised taxes, cut the size of the state workforce, pushed the state in the direction of high technology.” [Dayton Daily News Editorial, 2/26/11]

  • Under Strickland “Lawmakers Reduced Taxes,” Strickland “Slashed Spending.” “Lawmakers actually reduced taxes for individuals and businesses. Republicans rallied to the first Strickland budget because it held spending in check. Strickland then slashed spending during the final two years of his term. [Akron Beacon Journal,7/8/13]

  • Toledo Blade Editorial: “Ohioans Won't Pay More [In Taxes] For 2009 Than 2008 […] In Some Case, Taxpayers Might Actually Owe Less.” “The advantage of putting off the final phase of the tax cut is that it will be hardly noticed. Ohioans won't pay more for 2009 than 2008 because the indexed personal exemption is due to increase from its current $1,500 to $1,550. In some case, taxpayers might actually owe less.” [Toledo Blade Editorial, 10/5/09]

  • Strickland Oversaw A 13 Percent Tax Cut In Every Ohioan’s Individual Income Tax. [H.B. 66, Signed 6/30/05; Ohio Department Of Taxation, Accessed 1/29/16]

  • Strickland Oversaw The Largest Income Tax Cut In Modern Ohio History. [Ohio Department Of Taxation, Accessed4/7/16]

  • Dayton Daily News: Under Strickland, Ohio’s Tax Burden Was Ranked At A 16 Year Low. “Ohio’s national ranking for state and local tax burden on its residents has improved steadily in the past decade, reaching its best level in 16 years in fiscal year 2010. [Dayton Daily News,10/24/12]

  • WCPN: Strickland Cut Taxes For Senior Citizen Homeowners, An Average Tax Savings of Over $400. [WCPN,9/9/13]

  • Strickland Cut Taxes For Veterans. “Military pensions were declared tax exempt under a bill signed into law in December 2007 by then-Gov. Ted Strickland.” [Dayton Daily News, 8/18/15; H.B. 372, Signed 12/20/07; Ohio Legislative Service Commission, H.B. 372, Accessed 12/31/15]

  • Strickland Cut Taxes For Military Surviving Spouses. “The act exempts from the income tax retirement payments made to a surviving spouse or former spouse of a taxpayer who served in the United States armed forces, National Guard, or reserves, under the Survivor Benefit Plan.” [H.B. 562, Signed 6/24/08; Ohio Legislative Service Commission, H.B. 562, Accessed 12/31/15]

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