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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman told a Toledo audience Monday that Congress needs to "reboot" the economy with a seven-step plan that includes lower corporate taxes and more international trade.
Mr. Portman, a Cincinnati-area Republican, dismissed tax increases and wealth redistribution in favor of what he said were policies that would encourage more exports and the creation of new jobs.
Senator Portman spoke for nearly an hour to the Toledo Rotary Club, commenting along the way on Toledo's economic struggle as well as its advantages for snagging jobs when and if the economy recovers.

"Toledo's got a lot of challenges, no question about it. Unemployment numbers are way too high. But there's also a good spirit, people working together, public and private together, across party lines, and trying to figure stuff out," he said.

Mr. Portman said there are things going on in northwest Ohio that have a lot of promise, such as with intermodal operations, solar power, research, and manufacturing. He said he has introduced legislation to help the Port of Toledo by reducing taxes that are put on companies that use the Great Lakes.

Senator Portman, a former budget and trade director under President George W. Bush, is nearing the end of his first year in office.