How much longer can we sit by and watch the failure of our Legislature to act? You can't wait until the 11th hour during campaign season to decide to take action on Lake Erie, like Steve Arndt has. He's been in office nearly three years, and has been a part of the failure by Ohio to reduce and prevent toxic algae blooms. The proof is in the science available, which shows there has been no improvement in curbing toxic algae blooms.
As State Representative, on DAY ONE I'll propose legislation to use Rainy Day Fund dollars to provide farmers much needed funding to help prevent the runoff of phosphorus and other harmful chemicals. We cannot expect small farmers who have a hard time making ends meet to make changes to practices that will cost them tens of thousands of dollars. If we want this problem fixed, we need to throw the full weight of the state behind it. Arndt and the Columbus establishment have had long enough to push this issue aside, and this issue deserved a solution on his Day One. He's had his chance.
The time for change is now. It's time to move over.