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The Governor that never learns.

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read stories like this, but what happened with NCR in Dayton has been the most high profile.

Governor, when will you learn your lesson? When will you work proactively to make sure things like this don’t happen?

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland was to meet late this morning with top executives at American Greetings Corp., after the company’s announcement last week that it may move from its Brooklyn headquarters.

Strickland, speaking at an event in Cleveland, said he was scheduled to meet shortly with Morry Weiss, chairman of the company’s board of trustees.

Strickland said he was greatly concerned about the company’s possible move. Strickland said he and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher would urge American Greetings executives “to remain in place.”

Strickland said it was too early to say what incentives the state could offer the company to remain.

“I want to get information and hear what the company has to say,” Strickland said.

You want to get information and hear what the company has to say? NOW?!? Great timing, Guv.

American Greetings, the nation’s largest publicly held greeting card manufacturer, said Thursday it was exploring moving its headquarters to a community with lower taxes.

So while some lefties keep shouting that lower taxes don’t attract companies, can they at least admit – when real life is staring them in the face with the above article – that higher taxes make them leave?

So once again, Ted will try to save this company by playing the equivalent of Tax Policy Whack-a-mole and offering them their own tax cut to stick around. It may work, it may not.

Ted, with all these jobs leaving Ohio, and the labor force leaving with them, and their Ohio tax dollars following them out the door, can’t we provide a “tax credit” for all Ohio businesses?

Lower the tax burden. Make Ohio great again.

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