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Make education priority

Ohio residents want to know they are getting their money’s worth, whether it be on a shopping trip or when sending their hard-earned tax money to Columbus. According to researchers at WalletHub, there are a few areas of concern, on the state government front.

In its report “Best and Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment in 2021,” WalletHub placed the Buckeye State sixth in the nation in terms of overall return on investment, which is actually admirable.

Most of the more specific marks for state government services ranged from mediocre to encouraging: total taxes per capita put Ohio 12th in the nation, health was 25th, safety was 17th, economy was 25th, infrastructure and pollution was 22nd. But Ohio’s quality and efficiency of state government services when it comes to education was ranked 31st in the latest report.

There are 30 other states to which families could move to ensure their kids get a better education for the money. That must improve, both in terms of the amount of money wasted by public education, and the quality of the education received. Lawmakers, who still have not decided on a new state school funding formula, should take note.

They can do something about numbers like that, if they decide it is important. If they continue to drag out the process, one can hardly blame families who decide to move (or stay) elsewhere to do the best they can for their kids.

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