A look at recent news makes clear that officials elected this November will have much to tackle upon stepping into office. Despite the vast difference about how voters feel on a range of hot-button issues, they overwhelmingly agree on the need to make progress on jobs and the economy, which rank among the top three election issues, according to Gallup.

In Ohio, the need for headway on these fronts is pressing. New businesses in Northeast Ohio have formed at lower-than-average rates since 2010, according to a recent study by the Economic Innovation Group, and in all but three Northeast Ohio counties, closures have outpaced new business startups.

By: Karen Kerrigan and Ann Sullivan, Crain’s Cleveland Business

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