The two third-party candidates for governor have very different views for growing the economy in Ohio.
In her answers for the Dayton Daily News Voter Guide, Green Party candidate Constance Gadell-Newton said millions of good-paying jobs will be created by transitioning to a fully green economy, with all homes equipped with solar panels, every building fully insulated and as many structures as possible heated and cooled with geothermal energy.
Her platform also calls for strengthening unions and phasing in a Universal Basic Income, or government income subsidy, paid with taxes on corporations and special taxes on companies that use labor-displacing automation.
“A growing gap between productivity and wage levels is contributing to increasing wealth inequality and driving vicious cycles of decline in our urban and rural communities alike,” Gadell-Newton said on er web page.
She also calls for free tuition at public colleges and universities.
Libertarian Travis Irvine says he will create jobs by cutting regulations and taxes — including eliminating the state income tax. In his Voter Guide answers he said the state needs to unleash industries that are over-regulated in his estimation, including gambling, alcohol and food truck establishments. He is also a big advocate of marijuana legalization, and wants changes to JobsOhio, the state’s publicly funded privatized economic development arm.
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“We need to make JobsOhio transparent or cut it completely,” Irvine said in the Voter Guide. “Secondly, we don’t have to bring jobs to the state if it was easier to create jobs here. We must make it easier for innovative individuals to start their small businesses here and reduce taxes and regulations on those looking to do so.”
Voters will decide on Nov. 6 between Gadell-Newton, Irvine, Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
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For more about the four candidates positions on jobs and the economy see the full story here.
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