Responses to CCPC's endorsement application questionnaire from:
Richard Cordray, Candidate for Governor of Ohio
Political Party Affiliation: Democratic Party
Current or previous elected offices: Ohio Attorney General, Ohio Treasurer, Franklin County Treasurer, State Representative
Rich and Betty have committed their lives to giving hard-working Ohioans a voice. And they are prepared to take this fight to the Governor and Lt. Governor's offices. In the years ahead, Ohio is going to need leaders who will stand up for Ohio workers and their families. Their first priority will be to flip the misguided economic policies that have for years rewarded those at the top at the expense of everyone else. At the CFPB, Rich fought for those across the country who were cheated by financial companies who refused to play by the rules. Under his watch at Diretor, the CFPB returned billions of dollars wrongly taken from American consumers. Rich and Betty will continue to fight to make sure that Ohioans are treated fairly in their everyday financial activities. In addition, Ohio is in need of fair taxation. Over the past decade Republicans in Columbus have enacted $5 billion in tax cuts, including eliminating the estate tax, which primarily benefited corporations and the wealthiest. And that has meant significantly fewer resources for schools, local governments and drug treatment. We can no longer afford to rely on the false promise of so-called trickle down prosperity. As Governor, Rich is committed to returning fairness in how we tax and how we spend. Rich and Betty also believe workers should be paid a fair and livable wage. As Ohio Attorney General, Rich enforced Ohio's wage laws, suing companies who skirted Ohio's minimum and prevailing wage laws and returning more than $1 million in lost wages to workers. Betty fought for a minimum wage increase in the Ohio legislature and shortly after being elected to Congress, helped pass the first increase in the federal minimum wage in 10 years. Both Rich and Betty are committed to seeing an increase in the state minimum wage, determined with input from both workers and employers.
It's clear that pay-to-play politics have been allowed to run rampant through the Ohio Statehouse. There is no clearer example than ECOT; years of campaign donations have shielded ECOT from the laws that public schools follow all the time. As Ohio Treasurer, Rich enacted strict ethics policies that prohibited the solicitation or acceptance of anything of value from individuals or companies doing business with the Treasurer's Office. As a freshman member of Congress and president of her Congressional class, Betty led the fight to pass legislation to create an Office of Congressional Ethics as an independent body within the House. Rich and Betty will bring those same standards to the Governor's office and state government. They will adopt strict ethics and contracting policies to assure that the state government works for Ohioans, not for businesses merely seeking to profit from public tax dollars. They believe Ohio should be a state that values the voice and vote of every resident - no matter where they live, no matter what they do, no matter who they are. They will strongly support eliminating barriers to easy and automatic voter registration. As Governor, Rich will fight for automatic voter registration with automatic renewal tied to driver license renewals.
Rich and Betty believe Ohio must intentionally and affirmatively reject and combat policies and practices which divide us based on race and which treat those from one race different – and less favorably – than those from another. They know that the hard-working, law-abiding majority of Ohio citizens just want to feel safe when they go to work, walk their kids to school or go to the store. They want police officers to be present. And they want police officers who know their community and partner with local people to keep the community safe. Ohioans should have confidence they will be fairly treated by the police regardless of their race, gender, or economic circumstances, and we must take clear and unequivocal steps when police officers - or any other public officials - abuse their responsibility and authority. Rich and Betty will support police in their work to keep communities safe but will strongly emphasize community policing principles and the importance of respect for the communities being policed. Rich and Betty are also committed to tackling comprehensive criminal justice reform and will work to reduce incarceration sentences for nonviolent crimes, particularly for drug offenses since incarceration often only compounds the issues of addiction. Rich and Betty strongly a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that is expected to be before voters in on the November ballot. If not enacted, Rich is committed to otherwise implementing strategies aimed at cutting off the addiction-to-prison pipeline and probation-to-prison pipeline as Governor. Rich and Betty strongly believe that if we are to create opportunities for Ohioans to obtain the jobs that will dominate the economy in the 21st Century, we must ensure that our public schools, community colleges, trade and technical schools and universities have the resources they need to prepare students in every part of our state. They believe this includes free community college as well as providing adequate funding for Ohio public schools and finally addressing Ohio's school funding formula.
Rich and Betty believe Ohio needs to invest in clean, alternative energy because it can create good jobs for everyone – engineers, solar panel installers, wind turbine technicians – the list goes on. These jobs are here now and Ohio should lead the way. And we should focus on energy efficiency to reduce electricity costs for our families and businesses. These steps will protect our environment while making critical investments in our people and our economy. Eliminating Ohio renewable energy standards will kill jobs, hurt the environment and cost consumers more. It represents an extreme attempt to undercut the bipartisan, virtually unanimous agreement reached on this subject in 2008 and will cut off job creation that Ohioans so desperately need and deserve. These standards have saved consumers $1.03 billion already with a projected lifetime savings of $4.15 billion.
Our state and our cities' policies should focus on building communities where everyone - residents and visitors - feel welcome and are safe. Ohio is a state of immigrants- with our neighbors replete with stories about their families coming from a different country to make a life here. The actions by Donald Trump to rescind DACA and throw 800,000 innocent children out of our country is immoral, foolish, and fundamentally counter to Ohioans’ values.
Rich and Betty believe that “us” vs “them” and unfair treatment of people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity are not only illegal – they are immoral. Their administration will operate with a firm insistence that all Ohioans are treated equally and fairly. Rich and Betty will support equal pay for equal work, paid leave for government employees, and statewide protections for sexual orientation and gender identity outside of state employment. As a candidate for governor, Betty proposed Ohio’s first comprehensive plan to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault in state government. Since joining campaigns, Rich has also endorsed this strong and important plan. It would create an independent arm to spearhead efforts to fight sexual harassment and assault by creating policies to prevent quid pro quo harassment and a hostile environment, review all job applicants for a history of sexual harassment, and ensure that companies that do business with the state establish effective sexual harassment and assault policies. Rich and Betty will also call on the state legislature to do more than training, and implement a zero tolerance harassment policy with reporting structures and consequences for state lawmakers, staff and registered lobbyists like those in the Executive Branch.