News and Analysis
As medical marijuana dispensaries get ready to open for business in Ohio, the Cincinnati Enquirer profiled the 13 businesses that stand to reap millions of dollars in the new industry.
Rules and regulations are being finalized to govern the cultivation, processing and sale of medical marijuana.
Collectively most of the owners have political connections and have contributed more than $62,000, mostly to Republican officeholders and candidates, since the passage of the enabling legislation. The expansive list of owners includes local business people, lawyers, and lobbyists. 9/6/2018
Labor Day is commonly considered the official start of campaign season. The midterm general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6. Early and absentee voting begin on October 10. As such, political campaigns now move into high gear for the duration.
However, before the fireworks really start, the Columbus Dispatch offers this lighthearted comparison of gubernatorial candidates Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine. 9/6/2018
On Thursday, September 13, OMA government affairs committee members as well as other interested members will enjoy electoral insights and discussion on a range of topics of interest to Ohio manufacturers.
In response to member requests for more regional events, the meeting will be held at the Parker Hannifin facility in suburban Cleveland.
All OMA members are welcome to participate. There is no cost to attend and lunch is included, but you do need to register. Register here or call us at (800) 662-4463. 9/6/2018
The Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC) is a federally funded, non-profit organization that provides business assistance to manufacturers that have been directly hurt by imports.
The organization brings the Trade Adjustment Assitance for Firms (TAAF) program to firms in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Project assistance of up to $75,000 in matching funds can be used to tackle crucial initiatives.
Secretary of State Jon Husted announced this week that his office will begin mailing absentee ballot applications to voters this week ahead of November’s General Election. Applications should start arriving in mailboxes shortly after the Labor Day holiday.
By filling in the required information and returning the application to the appropriate county board of elections, voters will then have their ballot mailed to them once absentee voting begins on October 10.
This will give voters nearly a month to cast a ballot without ever having to leave home. Voters who cast early ballots can also track their ballot to ensure it is received by their county board of elections. 8/30/2018
Jim Hackett, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, will keynote the Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) summit being held in Columbus on Sept. 19 and 20. Ohio Governor John Kasich hosts the event as MGA chairman.
According to the MGA: Hackett will discuss Ford’s belief that freedom of movement is fundamental for human progress, and how smart mobility solutions and automated technologies will be key to helping people move freely through this new era of transportation. The summit will feature leading thinkers in energy, transportation and learning who will discuss how the Midwest can navigate changes in these areas to emerge stronger and ready to succeed.
Read the agenda and registration materials. 8/30/2018
With all board of elections reporting final election figures from the August 7 special election, Republican Troy Balderson has been declared the winner with 50.12% of the vote. He will succeed Pat Tiberi who held the seat since 2001. Balderson’s winning margin of 0.8% exceeded the 0.5% threshold for automatic recount.
According to the OMA’s Ohio Election Guide, the district has a 60.32% Republican index. In his last re-election, Tiberi garnered over 66% of the vote, beating the index, while Balderson underperformed the index substantially.
The contest was closely watched nationally for indications of a potential “blue wave” in Ohio.
Balderson will defend the seat in a rematch against the same opponent, Democrat Danny O’Connor, in November. 8/30/2018
Earlier this summer, the OMA worked with member companies to craft improvements to Senate Bill 220 which establishes legal standards when electronic data breaches occur. The bill was signed by the governor over the summer and will become effective on November 2.
The OMA is pleased to offer to members this summary and analysis of the legislation.
The OMA recognizes and thanks Lewis Dolezal and Ann Aquillo of ScottsMiracleGro for their significant contributions and thought leadership to this legislation on behalf of all manufacturers. Lewis, an in-house counsel at the Marysville-based lawn care manufacturing giant, presented at the June meeting of the OMA government affairs committee and emphasized that “there are a lot of legal-tech issues on the horizon in Ohio, and manufacturers need to be aware and have a voice on those issues.” 8/23/2018
The upcoming OMA Government Affairs Committee will meet on Thursday, September 13 at Parker Hannifin Corporation, a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies, 6035 Parkland Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44124.
The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and includes lunch.
Among our agenda items, we’ll have a presentation on Political Election Trends from David B. Cohen, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Assistant Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at University of Akron.
Please register here or call us at (800) 662-4463. You must register for in-person or call-in attendance. 8/20/2018
Republican candidate for governor, Mike DeWine, released his three-point plan for advancing Ohio’s prosperity. The planks are:
- Train more people with the skills they need
- Ignite innovation, research and investment
- Eliminate burdensome regulations & allow businesses to flourish
The plan states: “Our state’s future depends on every Ohioan — whether living in a city, suburb or rural community — gaining the skills he or she needs to find high-wage jobs and a meaningful place in this fast-changing, world competitive economy.”
OMA president Eric Burkland reacted to the plan, saying: “In working with manufacturers of all sizes across Ohio, we have learned that the issues the DeWine-Husted campaign has prioritized are spot-on.
“The focus on preparing Ohioans for meaningful work and acting to match workers with employers is of utmost priority. The largest barrier to growing the economy is a significant workforce shortage.
“Mike DeWine’s plan to foster training and development pathways for workers responds to the greatest challenge of our era.” 8/15/2018