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00:00:06>> THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.
AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO
00:00:10INTRODUCE THE PRESIDENT OF THE
OHIO SENATE, BILL HARRIS.
00:00:18(APPLAUSE)
>> THANK YOU.
00:00:25THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
00:00:32THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND
SENATE WILL PLEASE ASSEMBLE AND
00:00:35TAKE THEIR SEATS.
IS THERE A QUORUM OF THE SENATE
00:00:40PRESIDENT?
THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SENATOR PRO
00:00:43TEM SENATOR JACOBSON.
>> MR. PRESIDENT, A QUORUM OF
00:00:47THE SENATE IS PRESENT.
>> IS THERE A YOUR 'EM OF THE
00:00:54HOUSE PRESENT?
>> A QUORUM OF THE HOUSE IS
00:00:57PRESENT.
>> A QUORUM OF THE 126th
00:01:00GENERAL ASSEMBLY BEING PRESENT,
THIS JOINT CONVENTION WILL COME
00:01:06TO ORDER.
PLEASE STAND FOR THE PRN TAITION
00:01:08OF THE COLORS OF THE COLONIAL
WHITE HIGH SCHOOL COLOR GUARD
00:01:11AND REMAIN STANDING FOR THE
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
00:01:20FLAG.
>> PLEASE JOIN ME WITH THE
00:02:29PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
00:02:34OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT
00:02:39STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD
INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND
00:02:46JUSTICE FOR ALL.
>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE
00:03:36GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OHIO,
BOB TAFT.
00:03:43(APPLAUSE)
(APPLAUSE)
00:04:34>> THANK YOU.
(APPLAUSE)
00:05:07(APPLAUSE)
>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
00:05:28GOVERNOR BOB TAFT.
(APPLAUSE)
00:05:39>> THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
00:05:46THANK YOU SO MUCH.
THANK YOU.
00:06:07Speaker Husted, president
Harris, minority leaders
00:06:11Prentiss and Beatty, lieutenant
governor Johnson and statewide
00:06:15elected officials, members of
the general assembly and the
00:06:19supreme court, distinguished
guests and my fellow Ohioans.
00:06:24Serving as governor is the best
job I've ever had.
00:06:28I love what I do because every
day I get to go to work on
00:06:33behalf of the finest people
anywhere, the inspiring citizens
00:06:37of our diverse and beautiful
state.
00:06:41I am proud of what we've
accomplished for Ohio and
00:06:46invigorated by what we can yet
achieve during the course of the
00:06:49coming year.
Just as no man is an island, no
00:06:53governor stands alone, I am
indebted to the many who have
00:06:58supported and worked with me to
make Ohio better and stronger.
00:07:04First and foremost, my wife
hope, our daughter Anna.
00:07:08Hope deserves a separate speech
for all she does as Ohio's first
00:07:13volunteer, helping families
whose loved ones are serving
00:07:17overseas, enabling children to
grow up healthy and stay alcohol
00:07:21and drug free.
For six years she has led Ohio's
00:07:26make a difference day, and for
six years in that program Ohio
00:07:29has led the nation.
Please join me in recognizing a
00:07:34remarkable woman, Ohio's first
lady, hope Taft.
00:07:40(APPLAUSE)
(APPLAUSE)
00:08:22Last year hope and I learned the
true meaning of for better or
00:08:26for worse.
It was tough going for both of
00:08:30us and hope was at my side
through it all with her love,
00:08:33her encouragement and her
inspiration.
00:08:36And we are so proud of our
daughter, Anna.
00:08:38During my time in office she has
grown from college freshman to
00:08:42an independent, capable young
woman doing her part to make a
00:08:45difference in the world.
She's been traveling and
00:08:49teaching and will be leading
high school students to Ecuador
00:08:52this summer.
Wherever Anna goes, her goal is
00:08:56to leave the place she visits
better than she found it.
00:08:59Thank you Anna for all your love
and support.
00:09:07(APPLAUSE)
Lieutenant governor Bruce
00:09:22Johnson is a vigorous advocate
for our state and its people.
00:09:26He's leading the charge to
promote Ohio as a prime business
00:09:30location.
Bruce has earned the deep
00:09:33respect of lawmakers and
business and community leaders
00:09:36throughout the state.
I am very proud to have him at
00:09:39my side.
(APPLAUSE)
00:09:55Bruce is just one of the
remarkable public servants who
00:09:58make up the finest cabinet in
the land.
00:10:01Their professionalism is
unparalleled.
00:10:04Their accomplishments too
numerous to mention.
00:10:07Please join me in recognizing
these outstanding men and women.
00:10:17(APPLAUSE)
My cabinet couldn't do their
00:10:33jobs without the state workers
who deliver every day in
00:10:36challenging times.
We have 3,600 fewer now than
00:10:40when I took office and yet they
continue to provide the services
00:10:44on which our people depend.
And all the while, they have
00:10:48shown their generosity, donating
nearly $35 million to our
00:10:53combined charitable campaign and
other worthy causes over the
00:10:57last seven years.
And, of course, nothing could be
00:11:01accomplished without the
leadership and vision of all of
00:11:05you, the members of the Ohio
general assembly.
00:11:13THANK YOU.
(APPLAUSE)
00:11:25I've been blessed to work with
I've been blessed to work with
00:11:31two extraordinary leaders this
past year, Senate president bill
00:11:34Harris and speaker Jon Husted.
Together we've done things that
00:11:38pundits and special interests
told us were impossible.
00:11:41Every Ohioan should be grateful
for their leadership.
00:11:49(APPLAUSE).
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
00:11:59And minority leaders Prentiss
and Redfern came through for the
00:12:02people of our state with their
support of the jobs for Ohio
00:12:05bond issue.
I want to express my
00:12:08appreciation to them and to all
of you who helped put that issue
00:12:11on the ballot.
THANK YOU.
00:12:18(APPLAUSE)
Finally, join me in saluting the
00:12:25best guard unit in the nation,
the Ohio National Guard.
00:12:35(APPLAUSE)
They have been defending our
00:13:11freedom in foreign lands,
helping Gulf states recover from
00:13:14hurricanes, while always
standing ready to respond to
00:13:17disaster here at home.
I'm so proud of all the Ohioans
00:13:21serving in the armed forces.
Two of the finest are here with
00:13:25us today, senator Steve Stivers
and representative John
00:13:29Boccieri.
(APPLAUSE)
00:14:04All of the brave men and women
defending our nation, along with
00:14:07their families and loved ones,
make daily sacrifices in the
00:14:11name of a safer world.
May our thoughts be with the
00:14:15moms and dads, sisters and
brothers, husbands and wives and
00:14:18the children who long for a
loved one to come home.
00:14:24And may our prayers go out to
all who suffer loss.
00:14:27Please join me in a moment of
silence to remember those heroic
00:14:31Ohioans who have given theirs
live for our freedoms during the
00:14:34past year.
THANK YOU.
00:14:55In my first inaugural address I
spoke of Ohio's pioneers and
00:15:00said: Two centuries ago, the
brave men and women who
00:15:04pioneered the wilderness
frontier that would become Ohio
00:15:07were laying the groundwork for
statehood.
00:15:10Surely their foremost goal at
the dawning of the 19th
00:15:13century must have been sheer
survival.
00:15:16And their dearest dream?
A desire to leave their children
00:15:20a world in which struggle was
not a constant companion.
00:15:23Those who have gone before us
built this great state into an
00:15:26economic powerhouse, a center of
innovation and invention.
00:15:32With every passing generation
our wilderness was tamed, our
00:15:36challenges met and our struggles
diminished.
00:15:40We've become the seventh largest
state in the union and rank
00:15:43third in the nation in
manufacturing.
00:15:49Ohio's economy is larger than
those of the vast majority of
00:15:53countries in the world.
But even with this rich history
00:15:56and proud standing in the nation
and the world, challenges and
00:16:00struggles remain.
Economic uncertainty is a fact
00:16:03of life for far too many
Ohioans.
00:16:06Uncertainty is fueled by the
realities of global change.
00:16:10Ohio's traditional economy is
under attack.
00:16:16Our international competitors
grow stronger, seemingly
00:16:21overnight.
When the lieutenant governor was
00:16:25in China in December he visited
Pudong, a region that has grown
00:16:28to 1.5 million residents and is
home to many of the kind of
00:16:32high-tech companies we are
trying to attract to Ohio.
00:16:3620 years ago Pudong was
farmland.
00:16:40You can travel to India, eastern
Europe or South America and
00:16:43witness economic transformation
that impacts Ohio every day.
00:16:48Sometimes to our advantage and
other times to our detriment.
00:16:53Just as it was Ohio's Destiny to
rise from the wilderness, so it
00:16:58is the world's destiny to grow
more competitive and
00:17:02independent.
As the world is being
00:17:06transformed, so must we
transform Ohio.
00:17:12To keep pace we must make Ohio a
more fertile field for
00:17:16enterprise and nurture and lift
the talents of our people.
00:17:23We've started by building on our
strengths such as our location
00:17:27in the heartland of North
America.
00:17:31We've continued to expand our
highways with major projects to
00:17:35keep people and products moving
and connect all parts of our
00:17:39state to the economic
mainstream.
00:17:42And thanks to your vision and
the support of the people last
00:17:46fall our local communities can
continue to grow by investing in
00:17:51job-ready sites, roads and
bridges.
00:18:00(APPLAUSE)
Our auto industry has been a
00:18:07source of strength, providing
150,000 good jobs for Ohioans.
00:18:11Yet some of these jobs are
threatened.
00:18:14Let's work together to pass a
bill to help stabilize and
00:18:18strengthen this vital sector of
our economy.
00:18:26(APPLAUSE)
Workers' compensation has been
00:18:34an asset for Ohio in the
competition for jobs and it will
00:18:37be again.
We've got a new leader and
00:18:41management team hard at work
transforming the bureau to
00:18:44better serve injured workers and
employers.
00:18:47Senate bill 7 will help in the
transformation.
00:18:50I urge you to enact it as soon
as possible.
00:18:53Compared to much of the country,
Ohio is blessed with an
00:18:56affordable, family-friendly
quality of life and abundant
00:18:59natural resources that we must
protect.
00:19:03So we've made our state an even
better place to live and play
00:19:06through clean Ohio, with more
than 600 projects in hundreds of
00:19:10communities.
Soon I'll submit to you a plan
00:19:14to continue investing clean Ohio
dollars for the benefit of our
00:19:18families and future generations.
We're also preserving and
00:19:22protecting lake Erie and all the
great lakes.
00:19:26Just last month the great lakes
governors and premiers of
00:19:30Ontario and Quebec signed
agreements to protect the waters
00:19:34of the lakes against the threat
of diversion to more arid
00:19:37regions.
Ohio has led the bi-national
00:19:41effort.
So let's be the first state to
00:19:44pass legislation to implement
these historic accords.
00:19:51(APPLAUSE)
And we've focused on the most
00:19:59Precious natural resource of
all, our children.
00:20:03We're providing health insurance
and immunizations for more of
00:20:06Ohio's kids.
We're helping more working
00:20:10families access safe child care.
And more children than ever get
00:20:14off to a good start in life
thanks to a broader array of
00:20:18newborn screening tests.
We can and we will do more.
00:20:22Today I propose to expand our
school breakfast and lunch
00:20:28program so that 120,000 more
kids have healthy meals to help
00:20:32them succeed in school.
(APPLAUSE)
00:20:44Every child needs a home where
they can be loved, cared for and
00:20:48kept safe.
Events of the past year revealed
00:20:52serious failings in our system
of adoption and foster care.
00:20:57Let's pass the reforms I
proposed to ensure the safety of
00:21:01Ohio's adopted and foster
children.
00:21:07(APPLAUSE)
We've also focused on helping
00:21:13our seniors live active, healthy
and independent lives.
00:21:16Thanks to your support of
passport, we are caring for more
00:21:20older Ohioans in their own
homes.
00:21:24We've created new alternative to
nursing homes through a long
00:21:28overdo assisted living option,
our home first program and
00:21:32better support for relatives who
care for their loved ones.
00:21:35And over the past two years, our
golden buckeye program has
00:21:39helped seniors save more than
$36 million in the cost of
00:21:43prescription drugs.
We're also working to support
00:21:48families who are striving to
maintain their quality of life.
00:21:53To help more Ohioans stay warm
this winter in the face of
00:21:57escalating energy bills, we
expanded the home energy
00:22:01assistance program.
And we must do more to keep the
00:22:06American dream of home ownership
from turning into a nightmare.
00:22:11We should protect homebuyers by
licensing appraisers, enhancing
00:22:15disclosure and prohibiting
deceptive sales practices.
00:22:19We protect Ohioans when they buy
a car or even a toaster.
00:22:23Why not when they make the most
significant purchase of their
00:22:26lives?
Let's pass a tough law to crack
00:22:29down on predatory lenders.
(APPLAUSE)
00:22:46My friends, we've been able to
build on our strengths and
00:22:50invest in our future because
we're managing state funds
00:22:54conservatively.
We've reduced our work force,
00:22:56cut operating budgets, closed
state institutions and cut the
00:23:00state vehicle fleet.
Last year we passed the
00:23:04slowest-growth budget Ohio has
seen in 40 years.
00:23:08We've preserved our strong
credit rating and worked to
00:23:11replenish our rainy day fund.
We did it together and we did it
00:23:15without muddling the
constitution with new acronyms
00:23:17and gimicks.
(APPLAUSE)
00:23:45To transform Ohio's economy we
have fought for reforms that
00:23:49others have only talked about
and studied for decades.
00:23:52At this time last year we had a
tax code that was mired in the
00:23:56distant past, punishing
investment and ignoring
00:23:59innovation.
We worked day and night to bring
00:24:02that code into the 21st
century.
00:24:05We cut the income tax.
We junked the corporate
00:24:08franchise tax.
We scrapped the inventory and
00:24:11equipment tax.
And today we have a fair code
00:24:15that encourages innovation and
helps small business owners.
00:24:18A code that will help convince
employers of all types to locate
00:24:22and expand in Ohio to serve
North America and the world.
00:24:26They said it couldn't be done
but together we made it happen.
00:24:33(APPLAUSE)
We also acted to protect Ohio
00:24:47businesses, large and small,
from the kind of frivolous
00:24:52lawsuits that undermine their
ability to compete.
00:24:56And through the third frontier
project, we continue to
00:25:00transform our economy to make
Ohio the best place to innovate
00:25:04and create new high-paying jobs.
With your support, we're
00:25:08building our scientific and
research capacity, encouraging
00:25:12new investment in
entrepreneurial companies and
00:25:16forging new partnerships among
Ohio businesses, research
00:25:19scientists and inventors.
We're investing in research to
00:25:22help our farmers and
manufacturers develop new uses
00:25:26and new markets for their
products.
00:25:30We're attracting more federal
research dollars than ever
00:25:33before, leading to more good
jobs for our college graduates.
00:25:36We've seen increases over the
last four years in patent
00:25:40applications filed, patents
issued and license income
00:25:44received from new products and
inventions.
00:25:47And we are nationally recognized
for our leadership in
00:25:50biotechnology and fuel cells.
We're home to more than 650
00:25:54bioscience enterprises,
including 100 new companies in
00:25:58the last five years alone.
Among them, a major
00:26:01pharmaceutical company from
California that recently chose
00:26:05to build its first manufacturing
facility here in Ohio.
00:26:09And two fuel cell companies are
moving their headquarters here
00:26:13as well.
In the coming years we'll build
00:26:17on this progress.
We'll strengthen partnerships
00:26:21between research and business.
And we'll launch a new
00:26:24initiative to attract more
venture capital and
00:26:27entrepreneurial talent to every
region in this state.
00:26:34(APPLAUSE)
But transforming our economy to
00:26:45create new jobs does us no good
if our students lack the skills
00:26:48they need to succeed in those
careers.
00:26:52That's why I've focused on
education reform since my first
00:26:55day in office.
And this year, with your help,
00:26:58we'll finish the job by setting
the right course for our
00:27:02students.
To date, we've concentrated on
00:27:06the basics and making sure no
child gets left by the wayside.
00:27:09We started with the student
success commission, which led
00:27:12for the first time to high,
clear, specific standards that
00:27:16spell out what students should
know and be able to do.
00:27:20These standards are among the
most highly rated in the
00:27:24country.
Next, our teacher success
00:27:26commission called for new
educator standards to guide
00:27:30teachers and principals
throughout their careers.
00:27:33Soon I'll sign a bill to require
our colleges of education to
00:27:36incorporate these newly adopted
standards into their teacher
00:27:40preparation programs.
Our reforms are working.
00:27:45Ohio elementary students are
reading better than ever, thanks
00:27:50to good standards, better
teacher training and more than
00:27:5450,000 Ohio reads volunteer
tutors.
00:27:57When I took office, less than
half of our third and fourth
00:28:00graders could read well.
Last year more than 3/4 met the
00:28:05mark!
In fact, we've made progress
00:28:15(APPLAUSE)
IN fact, we've made progress
00:28:26across the board.
Since 1990, the average of
00:28:29students' scores on all state
tests has increased by more than
00:28:3217 points.
And our 10th graders exceeded
00:28:36the state standard in four out
of five subjects on the Ohio
00:28:39graduation test.
We've also worked hard to
00:28:42increase funding for our schools
and provide safe, modern
00:28:46buildings.
In the school year starting next
00:28:49fall, state aid to schools will
exceed 1999 levels by
00:28:52$2.2 billion.
That's an increase of 56%, more
00:28:56than three times the rate of
inflation.
00:29:00And we've just been nationally
recognized for closing the gap
00:29:04between more and wealthy
districts.
00:29:07In 1997, funding in poor
districts was more than $600
00:29:11less per pupil than in wealthier
districts.
00:29:15By 2003, the gap had closed,
with poor districts receiving
00:29:19more per student on average than
their wealthier counterparts.
00:29:23When I came into office far too
many of our school buildings
00:29:28were unsafe, poorly equipped and
hard to maintain.
00:29:32Thanks to your strong support,
modern buildings are opening all
00:29:35across Ohio.
Projects are completed or
00:29:38underway in more than half of
Ohio school districts.
00:29:43We're rebuilding schools faster
and better than any other state
00:29:47in the country.
(APPLAUSE)
00:29:59I'll soon submit to you a budget
to sustain this progress.
00:30:04I ask for your continued support
to make sure our children have
00:30:08classrooms that meet the
learning needs of the new
00:30:11millennium.
We're on a better path to
00:30:14prepare students for success in
college and on the job.
00:30:18More Ohioans are earning the key
to unlock their future, a
00:30:21college degree.
College enrollment and
00:30:25completion are at all-time
highs, both up by 15% since I
00:30:28started as governor.
And with your help, we've been
00:30:31making higher education more
accessible for low- and
00:30:34middle-income families.
Since 1999, we have increased
00:30:37State Funding for student and
programs by almost 50%.
00:30:41This year, because of the
changes you helped make, 11,000
00:30:44more students will be eligible
for greater grant assistance
00:30:49than ever before.
This is progress.
00:30:54But we are still a long way from
our goal.
00:30:58We know higher learning leads to
higher earning.
00:31:03We know 40 of the top 50 fastest
growing occupations require
00:31:06education beyond high school.
We know we're competing with
00:31:11other states and countries like
India, China and Russia based on
00:31:14the talent and training of our
workers.
00:31:19Unfortunately, we also know that
in Ohio too few high school
00:31:24graduates are prepared for
college or a well-paying job.
00:31:28The evidence is overwhelming
that when it comes to our high
00:31:34school students, it's not just
about graduation, it's about
00:31:38preparation.
Only one in three of Ohio's high
00:31:42school graduates have the skills
they need to succeed in a good
00:31:47entry-level job, an
apprenticeship, the military or
00:31:51in college.
And our students know it.
00:31:54A survey of recent high school
graduates found that 39% of
00:31:57those who went to college and
46% of those who went straight
00:32:01to work said they were not well
prepared.
00:32:05They said that if they'd only
known, they would have taken
00:32:08tougher courses in high school.
Although a majority of our high
00:32:12school graduates will enter
college, only six out of ten
00:32:16will earn a degree.
One in four won't even come back
00:32:20for a second year.
In addition, more than four out
00:32:24of every ten students attending
college right out of high school
00:32:29need remedial course work in
math and English or both.
00:32:34And these students are 3/4 less
likely to graduate.
00:32:41Remedial classes don't count for
graduation but they cost our
00:32:45system $29 million per year.
Think about it.
00:32:52One in four freshmen don't come
back for a second year.
00:32:5840% of college freshmen will
never earn a degree.
00:33:02For too many, a high school
diploma is not a passport to
00:33:07success but rather a broken
promise.
00:33:12The world has raised the bar and
we must act to raise the bar for
00:33:16high school graduation.
It's time to require all high
00:33:21school students to take a more
rigorous core curriculum.
00:33:25We've got to get our kids on the
right course!
00:33:30This isn't just my conclusion.
The American diploma project
00:33:34surveyed colleges and employers
and came to the same conclusion.
00:33:38Our commission on higher
education and the economy
00:33:42proposed more rigorous course
work in high school.
00:33:45And our State Board's high
school task force made a similar
00:33:48recommendation.
We've done the studies.
00:33:52We know that Ohio students who
take a rigorous core curriculum
00:33:55are less likely to require
remedial course work and are
00:33:59more likely to succeed on the
job or in college.
00:34:03The partnership for continued
learning, which we created last
00:34:06year, stands ready to assist us
in meeting the challenge.
00:34:11My friends, let's work together
to enact an education reform
00:34:16bill this session that will set
the right course for students,
00:34:19for workers and for the economic
future of Ohio.
00:34:28(APPLAUSE)
Here's the plan: First, require
00:34:41all students to take rigorous
course work that will prepare
00:34:46them for the work force or
college.
00:34:50This means four years of math,
including algebra II; three
00:34:53years of science, including
biology, chemistry and physics;
00:34:58four years of English; three
years of social studies; and at
00:35:02least two years of a foreign
language.
00:35:05To give families and schools
time to prepare, the core
00:35:09curriculum should apply to
students in the graduating class
00:35:12of 2011.
Second, make completing a
00:35:15rigorous core curriculum a
condition of admission to Ohio's
00:35:20state-funded four-year colleges
and universities.
00:35:26Third, move all remedial
education to Ohio's two-year
00:35:31campuses where costs are lower.
Fourth, require all students to
00:35:35take a college and work-ready
assessment in their junior year
00:35:40to help them know if they're on
the right course to be prepared
00:35:44for life after high school.
Finally, add a measure to the
00:35:48school report card to indicate
how well high schools are
00:35:51preparing students for college
and work.
00:35:56We must also help students earn
a college degree more rapidly at
00:35:59lower cost.
We should give every high school
00:36:04student in good standing the
opportunity to earn at least one
00:36:08semester of college credit while
still in high school.
00:36:12And I applaud members of the
higher education funding study
00:36:16council for proposing the State
Funding to course and degree
00:36:21completion.
Let's reward institutions for
00:36:25the number of graduates they
produce, not just the number of
00:36:28students who simply come to
class.
00:36:35(APPLAUSE)
Some will say that to implement
00:36:45this new core curriculum we need
more and better-trained math and
00:36:49science teachers.
And I agree.
00:36:54I commend the speaker for
proposing tuition incentives to
00:36:58increase the number of science,
technology, engineering and math
00:37:01graduates.
And I urge that math and science
00:37:05teachers be included in this
plan.
00:37:08The reforms I'm proposing amount
to a major change and change is
00:37:13difficult but we fail to act at
our own peril.
00:37:17Our neighbors in Michigan and
Indiana get it.
00:37:21They see what's happening in
China and India.
00:37:25They know our population is
growing slowly and that it's
00:37:28getting harder and harder to
attract science, math and
00:37:32engineering talent from abroad.
They have already acted.
00:37:35So for us, complacency is not an
option.
00:37:39It's time to act.
And we must have the courage to
00:37:43do it now.
My friends, ultimately we are a
00:37:49great state, not because of our
location or our natural
00:37:53resources.
We are mighty through the
00:37:56talents of our people who are
seizing new opportunities every
00:37:59day.
Entrepreneurs are growing new
00:38:03companies, researchers are
finding new cures, skilled
00:38:06workers are building new schools
and highways.
00:38:11In school after school,
principals and teachers are
00:38:14helping students to develop
their talents and elevate their
00:38:17skills.
You in this chamber have acted
00:38:20as well, reforming our tax
policy and embracing our third
00:38:24frontier project, to transform
our economy and prepare a more
00:38:27fertile field to new enterprise.
But there is no time for rest.
00:38:35We must put our state on the
right course to prepare all
00:38:40Ohioans to rise every day to
meet the challenge of our
00:38:45changing world.
We are blessed to have this
00:38:49moment on earth to make our
mark.
00:38:52May God give us the strength and
courage to complete our task.
00:38:56And may God bless the people of
Ohio.
00:39:03(APPLAUSE)
(APPLAUSE)
00:40:13>> THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES SENATOR
JAIB YOU BE SON FOR A MOTION.
00:40:17>> THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT.
I MOVE THE JOINT CUN HAVE NOT
00:40:19SHUN BE ADJOURNED.
>> WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE JOINT
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