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"A brilliant description of the serious problems facing Ohio...a must-read for anyone interested in politics as well as those who are concerned about the direction America is heading in...an enlightening book describing the political failures of an important battleground state."
-National Taxpayers Union

"Must-read case study of government gone wild: Ohio edition...This book, while about Ohio, is really a great story about what's happening in most states around the country. I really highly recommend it."
-Veronique de Rugy, National Review Online

A "devastating book about why state and local governments never cut spending."
-Nick Gillespie, Reason

About the Author

Matt A. Mayer is the President of Provisum Strategies where he provides strategic and tactical political and policy advice to public and private-sector clients. Mayer also serves as President of Opportunity Ohio, as a Visiting Fellow with The Heritage Foundation, America’s top think tank, where he writes and speaks on national security and federalism issues, and as a Research Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Mayer’s first book, Homeland Security and Federalism: Protecting America from Outside the Beltway (with Foreward by the Honorable Edwin Meese III), argued for reversing the federalization of homeland security by returning power to states and localities. Formerly, Mayer served as the President of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Ohio’s top free market think tank. Under Mayer’s leadership, the Buckeye Institute became an influential trendsetter. Mayer also launched an innovative, best-in-class website attracting over 7 million data searches and released several game-changing reports on how best to fix Ohio, including on reducing Ohio’s costly governments, reforming criminal justice and Medicaid programs, transforming government pensions for today’s economy, and reinvigorating Ohio’s systemically weak private sector. Mayer was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the leadership of Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff where he provided DHS leaders with policy and operational advice as the Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and where he headed the $3.5 billion terrorism preparedness office charged with developing initiatives to transform America to meet the demands of a post-9/11 environment. Mayer came to DHS from Colorado where he served Governor Bill Owens as the Deputy Director for the Department of Regulatory Agencies. Mayer co-developed Colorado’s Regulatory Notice system that utilizes electronic mail to notify stakeholders of all proposed regulations before those regulations become final. The Regulatory Notice system earned the Denver Business Journal’s 2003 “Innovative Product/Service Award” for making government more transparent and accountable. Prior to joining Governor Owens’ team, Mayer served as a deputy in Colorado Senator Wayne Allard’s reelection effort in 2002, and ran a widely hailed congressional campaign for a first-time candidate. As a result of his campaign work, the Colorado Statesman selected Mayer for its 2002 “Rising Star Award.”
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469985098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469985091
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,169,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt A. Mayer is the President of Opportunity Ohio and the Chief Operating Officer for The Liberty Foundation of America. Mayer was a 2007 Lincoln Fellow with The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and a 2006 American Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Mayer graduated from the University of Dayton, with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology, and received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law. Mayer resides in Dublin, Ohio, with his wife and three children.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2012
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Book deals with tough subjects, but is very easy to digest. Appreciated the candid, pull no punches look at Democrats and Republicans alike. They are each part of the problem facing taxpayers.

The author focuses on the really important issues facing Ohio today, and is happy to call out the political class for what they are doing - crushing taxpayers with each year that goes by. Their political party doesn't matter, and their words don't matter. The book lays out what they keep doing to us over and over again no matter who is in office.

But, the best part is that its not left as a doom and gloom scenario. Yes, Ohio is messed up, but there is a path to change, and the author outlines ways to get there.

I'm ready to get to work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl Brown on September 7, 2012
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well written, compelling case (backed by sound logic and exhaustive research), Matt does a GREAT service to Ohio by laying out what is wrong and how to fix it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Berick on July 5, 2012
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I've been growing increasingly more aware and concerned about the financial situation of my country, state, and city. I was fortunate enough to hear about this book before it was released, and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

"Taxpayers Don't Stand A Chance" is really packed with the statistics and figures I was hoping for. I'd actually never heard of the Buckeye Institute... but I'm really excited to grow more informed as a citizen proud of Ohio's potential.
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