For the Troy Daily News
Ohio State Senator Bill Beagle officially announced Jan. 31 that he is running for re-election in the 5th District. The district covers all of Miami and Preble, and part of Montgomery and Darke counties.
The Republican was first elected in 2010. He serves as chairman of the Senate standing committee on Workforce and Economic Development.
“Three years ago, our state faced a projected $8 billion budget deficit, our rainy day fund had been raided to just 89 cents, our credit outlook was on the decline and we had lost more than 400,000 jobs,” Beagle said. “I ran for the Senate because I knew if we streamlined our regulations, simplified our tax code and made it easier to do business in our state, we could turn our economy around and restore Ohio’s position as a national economic leader.”
While in office, Beagle wrote and sponsored Senate Bill 1, which created the OhioMeansJobs Workforce Development Revolving Loan Fund. The bill offers consumer-friendly loans to Ohioans to learn new skills and trades. It also gives incentives to entities such as community colleges to work with area employers to help students get jobs right out of training.
Beagle also supported the resident and business income tax cut package of $2.7 billion and the $1.2 billion increase in educational funding, both part of the 2013 budget. The budget went into effet July 1, 2013, and will last until June 30, 2015.
“Today, our budget is balanced, our schools have stronger funding, our credit outlook has improved, and we’ve created more than 170,000 private-sector jobs. We have more work to do, but the successes of the past three years have given us much for which we can be very proud,” Beagle said.
He and his wife Karen live in Tipp City with their three children. He will be running against another Tipp Citian, Democrat and former mayor Dee Gillis. Another candidate, Tom Matthew, also announced his candidacy Friday, according to a release from the Tom Matthew Committee.