Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory asked 27 Ohio Mayors, both Republican and Democrat, to sign on to a letter urging a bipartisan decision to be made to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. The letter was sent to the Ohio Congressional Delegation and President Obama.
The push for compromise comes on the heels of The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Service’s recent announcement that the unemployment rate for June has increased to 8.8% leaving over a half million Ohioans without work.
“It is vital that leaders of the federal government keep our economy strong. Inaction on the debt-ceiling problem threatens jobs, communities, and faith in the American economy,” Mallory said. “Our federal leaders need to come to a reasonable compromise before the deadline or it will devastate Ohio’s cities.”
July 29, 2011
Mr. President and Honorable Members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation:
As Mayors serving in the great State of Ohio, we urge you to work quickly toward a responsible compromise that raises the debt ceiling. Failure to do so will hurt Ohio’s cities and its citizens.
Only a few days ago, The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services announced that the statewide unemployment rate for June was up to 8.8%. That means more than half a million Ohioans are out of work. If the country stops paying its bills now, those numbers will only get worse.
As Mayors, we rely on the partnership of the federal government to help us create jobs and grow our communities. Uncertainty surrounding the federal budget puts key programs like Community Development Block Grants and Community Oriented Policing Services in jeopardy. Job-creating infrastructure projects would come to a halt without the full support of our federal partners. Inaction on the debt ceiling also threatens programs like Social Security that our citizens rely on to survive.
Ohioans do not want another recession. Reaching a deal on the debt ceiling will restore faith in the American economy and allow for job growth in Ohio. Please act quickly to pass a reasonable compromise.
Mayor Mark Mallory; Cincinnati, OH
Mayor Ted Andrzejewski; Eastlake, OH
Mayor Michael P. Bell; Toledo, OH
Mayor David J. Berger; Lima, OH
Mayor Joyce Cameron; Trotwood, OH
Mayor Michael B. Coleman; Columbus, OH
Mayor Warren Copeland; Springfield, OH
Mayor Donald R. Culliver; Mansfield, OH
Mayor Ron D’Epifanio; Fairfield, OH
Mayor Bob Diebold; Newark, OH
Mayor Susan A. Drucker; Solon, OH
Mayor David Handwerk; Orrville, OH
Mayor William J. Healy II; Canton, OH
Acting Mayor, William Hills; Reynoldsburg, OH
Mayor Edward Kelley; Cleveland Heights, OH
Mayor Earl M. Leiken; Shaker Heights, OH
Mayor Gary D. Leitzell; Dayton, OH
Mayor Domenick Mucci, Jr.; Steubenville, OH
Mayor Larry Mulligan, Jr.; Middletown, OH
Mayor Michael J. O’Brien; Warren, OH
Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic; Akron, OH
Mayor David S. Smith; Lancaster, OH
Mayor Robert A. Stefanik; North Royalton, OH
Mayor Joseph Sulzer; Chillicothe, OH
Mayor Georgine Welo; South Euclid, OH
Mayor Richard Zink; Hillsboro, OH
Mayor Howard S. ‘Butch’ Zwelling; Zanesville, OH