My top priority is to facilitate ‘local control’ — properly funding municipalities to better leverage tax dollars. Decisions to spend taxpayer money are best made by local elected officials who are close to and understand the needs of their community members. By shifting funds back to local governments and facilitating their decision making and regional collaborations, state government will truly turn Ohio around in terms of economic development, educational achievement and citizen prosperity. Socially Responsible Fiscal Practices mean allocating funds in a manner that best supports quality of life for community members. There are sufficient taxpayer dollars, if spent wisely, to provide meaningful social services while maintaining a balanced budget. Strategic thinking and strong leadership are key.