Fighting for Our Families and Our Communities
Ryan believes that small government with low taxes and stable finances will attract industry.
Appalachian schools face uniquely difficult challenges given their cyclical poverty and large land area. Ryan considers proper education a principal factor in giving students a pathway out of poverty. Focusing on struggling schools will revitalize regions by building a stronger workforce to attract jobs and will change countless lives of students.
These goals can be accomplished by strengthening existing options for students and blending learning opportunities for students in smaller districts. Ryan knows that technology can play a fundamental role by allowing students to take classes online and utilize digital class material. Additionally, Advanced Placement (AP) classes must be expanded to give college prep students the ability to compete with their peers across the state, country and world. Each of these initiatives will improve education in high-poverty areas.
Ryan also believes that we should have accountability on Ohioan’s tax dollars in the educational system. Ryan was a key member in the formulation of HB 2, which sought to provide oversight on Ohio’s charter schools. With hundreds of millions of dollars being allocated to charter schools each year, Ryan recognizes that proper safeguards should be in place to protect tax dollars and Ohio’s children.
As House Finance Chairman, Ryan has worked in tandem with House, Senate and executive leaders to identify and solve Ohio’s development issues. This process has required difficult decision-making about where and how to invest Ohio’s scarce resources for economic and community growth.
Ohio was built on its manufacturing and agribusiness sectors and it is imperative that we encourage growth and stability in those areas. Ryan also realizes how vital it is that we attract new industries to these existing sectors that can strengthen our economy. One such example is the petrochemical boom initiated by the fracking revolution in eastern and southeastern Ohio.
In order to attract and retain these businesses, communities must be able to develop their land. Ryan supports additional site development funds for rural areas so that they can take part in Ohio’s economic success. The results yielded from these strategies will create advances in targeted industries such as advanced manufacturing, energy, polymers and chemicals will create scores of new jobs for Ohioans and generate tax revenue for local governments.
Ryan also protects life as a leader in the movement to fight Ohio’s drug epidemic. Ryan sponsored HB 341, which places additional requirements to the State Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). This has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of prescription drugs prescribed and has decreased the opportunity for drugs to get in the wrong hands. Ryan has worked to address the drug supply, but he has also been an advocate for expanding treatment options for the addicted. Progress has been made, but Ryan knows more needs to be done to fight this scourge.