News and Analysis
This week, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that Michael Canty of Cuyahoga County — owner, president and CEO of OMA member Alloy Bellows and Precision Welding — is returning as an appointed member of Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC). The SBAC advises CSI on drafted or existing rules that have a negative impact on the state’s small businesses. 4/17/2019
Gov. Mike DeWine this week appointed Robert Smith as the new chairman of JobsOhio, the state’s private economic development organization. Smith is the market leader of the Cleveland office of Cerity Partners, a wealth management firm. He has extensive civic engagement experience, including serving as chairman of Team NEO, one of JobsOhio’s affiliates. Smith is the second DeWine appointment to the nine-member JobsOhio board. The first was Rick Platt, president and CEO of the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority. Rick is also an OMA member. 4/17/2019
Members of the House Finance Committee continued hearings this week on state budget bills that must be completed by June 30. Amendments are being submitted by members of the House with the first round of revisions expected May 1. Top political issues include the school funding formula and Medicaid spending.
However, numerous policy changes are also in the mix. See the OMA’s updated state budget issues watch list.
Manufacturers with an interest in particular provisions are invited to coordinate with OMA staff members Ryan Augsburger and Rob Brundrett. OMA public policy staff will also be reviewing budget items at upcoming OMA committee meetings. 4/11/2019
Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Findlay) announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for Ohio’s 26th Senate District in 2020. The seat is currently held by Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville), who is term-limited.
Reineke received the endorsement of the OMA-PAC in past races as a pro-manufacturing legislator. 4/10/2019
The Manufacturing Institute has announced the 2019 STEP Ahead Award Honorees and Emerging Leaders. These women have accomplished success within their companies and have proven to be leaders in the industry as a whole.
These 130 women were honored this week at the 2019 STEP Ahead Awards at the National Building Museum. Congratulations to the honorees! 4/11/2019
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reported that President Trump this week signed two major executive orders aimed at cutting red tape and speeding up the permitting process for energy infrastructure projects.
One of the orders seeks to clarify permitting for cross-border energy infrastructure and is intended to prevent future projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline from getting caught up in years of litigation, reviews and delays.
The other order takes aim at oft-overlooked laws and regulations — including so-called “401 certifications” — that have been used by opposition groups to delay the permitting process for energy infrastructure projects. 4/11/2019
After almost 109 years of operation, OMA now has a presence on Facebook, LinkedIn as well as Twitter! As we get up and running, our social sites will feature OMA news, events, updates and information about Ohio’s manufacturing sector.
Be sure to follow us so you can interact. What would OMA founder, Col. John Gordon Battelle, think! 4/10/2019
Governor DeWine signed into law the biennial transportation budget, House Bill 62, which contains an increase of 10.5-cents per gallon in the gasoline tax and an increase of 19-cents per gallon in the diesel fuel tax. The increases will take effect on July 1.
The new law includes a five-year phase-in to set the compressed natural gas tax rate at the same level as the diesel rate. Electric and hybrid vehicle registration fees will be set at level of $100 and $200, respectively.
The OMA, together with the Ohio Business Roundtable and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, opposed the bifurcation of the gasoline and diesel tax rates, which until now have been the same. 4/4/2019
Manufacturers had a victory in the transportation budget bill, HB 62, with the removal of a limit on heavy-haul permits. Current law limited the permits to an arbitrary 150 miles. The new law eliminates this restriction. 4/4/2019
Members of the House Finance Committee have been hearing from state agencies and interested parties over recent weeks as they evaluate the voluminous state budget bill, House Bill 166.
The legislation funds state government for the two-year-period that begins on July 1, 2019. Here are exhibits of General Revenue Fund (GRF) sources and uses. The bill also includes hundreds of non-funding related permanent law changes.
The House will make a couple rounds of amendments before sending its budget to the Senate by early May.
OMA staff have identified some initial law changes of interest to manufacturers. We’ll update the OMA watch list as the budget process advances, and key issues will be covered here in Leadership Briefing and in OMA policy committee meetings. 4/4/2019