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LWV League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund
State of Ohio November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter

Lee Fisher
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Senate


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

3. What is the role of the federal government in regulating the private sector? (150 word limit)

Through this economic crisis, we have let Wall Street run out of control. As your Senator I am going to make Main Street + not Wall Street + my priority and will work to ensure that we never fall back into this economic ditch.

The government must create an environment for job creation, and I have a plan for creating jobs here in Ohio. I will end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and create a federal job creation tax credit for companies that create good jobs in America. I will redirect stimulus funds to projects immediately creating jobs. I will create a $30 billion small business loan fund, and I will double the tax deduction for small business start-up costs. I will also make the clean energy manufacturing tax credit permanent and extend the research and development tax credit to keep and create jobs in Ohio.

4. How will you address the challenges and opportunities to the United States posed by unauthorized immigrants? (150 word limit)

Our immigration system is broken. Politicians in Washington have let us down and instead of reforming the system they have used the issue to grandstand for political benefit. First, we must secure our borders. Then, we must crack down on corporations that knowingly hire illegal workers. Finally, we must provide a way for those illegally in the country to become legal if they learn English, pay a fine and go to the back of the line behind those who have attempted to become immigrants legally. I also believe that allowing skilled workers to bring their abilities to the U.S. and help American companies thrive is important--we don`t want those skilled workers going to other countries to develop new technologies, new medicines and start new businesses when they can create new jobs and industries here in Ohio.

5. What specific functions of the federal government can be performed better by contracting with the private sector? What specific functions of the federal government should not be contracted out to the private sector? (150 word limit)

Social security is a contract between our government and hardworking Americans, and I promise to protect social security and fight any risky privatization schemes to gamble social security on the stock market. With respect to the delivery of human services, non-profits are often better providers. I also believe that public-private partnerships are essential to economic growth.

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