COLUMBUS– Senator Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township) commended a new report from George Mason University which ranks the State of Ohio seventh out of 50 states for its overall fiscal condition.
Researchers from the University’s Mercatus Center considered several factors based on data from fiscal year 2012, including each state’s budget and long-term solvency.
“The results of this study show that Ohio is heading in the right direction,” said Uecker. “Over the past few years we have worked hard in the state legislature to maintain our finances and bring jobs to our state. It is my hope that we will continue down this path and increase opportunities for people throughout Ohio.”
In 2011, the Ohio Legislature was able to take an $8 billion budget deficit along with a rainy day fund of just 89 cents and pass a budget proposal that balanced the shortfall without raising taxes. Now the rainy day fund contains close to $1.5 billion.
Ohio has been recognized for achieving several notable benchmarks over the recent years; including Moody’s Ratings upgrading the state’s credit outlook, and having one of the most improved business climates in the nation.

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