The Prosperity Project exists to encourage greater participation in the political process from businesses and their employees. Our goal is to promote a pro-growth, pro-jobs issues environment in the State of Ohio. The public officials we elect have an impact on our economy, our competitiveness and our future. The Prosperity Project seeks to provide greater education and awareness about candidates and their positions on the issues that are important to our member companies, their employees and their families.
Public policy should balance the need for governmental oversight and regulation with economic considerations so that Ohio employers, workers and their families are not forced to bear the burden of an uncompetitive, overly restrictive business environment.
Consistent increases in spending by state government have placed a massive burden on Ohio taxpayers. State officials must rein in Medicaid costs, reasonably limit the growth of state tax receipts and spending and find ways to cut the costs of government services and rebuild the state's reserve fund.
Access to reliable and competitively priced energy resources is essential for Ohio employers to remain competitive ń an imperative that makes steadily rising energy costs and increased warnings of future supply shortages priority concerns.
Rising costs of healthcare are impairing Ohio's economic development and competitiveness. Individuals, businesses, government and providers must work together to find ways to stem the rising cost of employer-provided health care coverage for Ohio workers and their families, while seeking better coverage for those in need.
Education and workforce policies should focus on improving student achievement, increasing higher education attainment and providing efficient and effective employer-driven workforce training. Improving results in the area of education is the key to our future competitiveness.
Ohio and America need a tax structure that won't hamper the competitiveness of businesses, or workers will suffer. Our tax structure needs to be efficient and not hinder enterprises from investing capital that will sustain productivity and create job growth.
Ohio has made great strides in enacting changes to limit costly and frivolous lawsuits and to curb activism by liberal members of the state’s highest court. Lawmakers must continue to restore common sense to the legal system by advancing increased protections against runaway jury awards and twisted interpretations of statutes by the courts that cost consumers and businesses.
Ohio needs environmental policies that balance legitimate environmental and public health concerns, anti-competitive regulatory burdens for employers, and increased costs for consumers. The goal should be to create reasonable environmental regulations that are commensurate with risk and do not undermine efforts to attract and retain business investment and jobs.
Ensuring Ohio’s economic future requires a clear focus on stimulating high-wage economic growth across all regions of the state. To achieve that objective, Ohio must have statewide and regional economic development strategies.
The state’s workers’ compensation system should exist to protect legitimately injured workers without placing burdens on employers that will ultimately lead to fewer jobs in the state. Waste, fraud, abuse and manipulation of the system must be identified and eliminated.