When Treasurer Mandel took office in 2011, Ohio’s finances were ranked 43rd and the state faced an $8 billion budget hole. At the end of his first term, Ohio’s financial ranking had improved to 7th in the nation and the state had more than a $1 billion surplus.
As Treasurer of Ohio, Josh helped lead the charge to end Ohio’s death tax and bring sanity to the state’s onerous municipal income tax system. He also launched OhioCheckbook.com, a website that sets a new national standard for government transparency and empowers taxpayers to hold politicians’ feet to the fire. As a result of OhioCheckbook.com, Josh improved Ohio’s fiscal transparency ranking from 46th to 1st in the nation.