Since beginning her time in the state legislature, Cheryl Grossman has made job creation a priority. Through the creation of JobsOhio, a private job-creating entity, more than 21,000 jobs were created in Ohio in 2011. In the past 18 months, the state moved from 48th to fifth nationwide in job creation, as well as number one in the Midwest. A member of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee, Rep. Grossman also sponsored a bill that established the SiteOhio program, which provides businesses looking to move into the state valuable and timely information to help them select a location to which to move.
In order for Ohio's economy to fully recover from the recession of recent years, government must be committed to reducing spending and being more efficient. Through the passage of the biennial budget in June 2011, the state's $8 billion budget shortfall was eliminated without raising taxes on Ohio's taxpayers. Citizens cannot be expected to fund a government that continually spends more money than it brings in. Additionally, since January 2011, the state's unemployment rate has fallen from 9.0 percent to 7.5 percent.
Eliminating the Estate Tax
Previously, Ohio's estate tax, or "death tax," punished small businesses and middle class families who chose to invest within the state. This caused many individuals to leave Ohio in order to avoid paying it. Rep. Grossman sponsored a provision within the budget that effectively eliminated Ohio's burdensome estate tax, which will enhance the economy by keeping investments in the state.
Rep. Grossman has been active in improving educational opportunities for Ohio's students. Among other actions, she cosponsored legislation that established "Teach for America" in the state, which will ensure increased opportunities not only for students, but also for young, aspiring teachers. She also cosponsored a bill that eliminated burdensome mandates that public schools simply could not afford, such as the requirement that every school district offer all-day kindergarten. Finally, she supported a measure that authorized an income tax deduction for students enrolling in the Pell grant program.