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Reineke to Run for Senate Seat

April 12, 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

Manufacturing Institute Honors Women in Manufacturing

April 12, 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

Trump Executive Orders Seek to Expedite Energy Infrastructure Projects

April 12, 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

Follow OMA on Social Media

April 12, 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

Gas and Diesel Taxes to Go Up

April 5, 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

Heavy-Haul Permit Restriction Lifted

April 5, 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

OMA Monitoring Budget Bill for Manufacturer Impacts

April 5, 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

Karl Joins OMA Staff

April 5, 2019

This week, Jamie Karl joined the OMA staff as Managing Director, Communication Services.

Jamie was previously Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy, at the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce. He formerly served as Nebraska’s Assistant Director of Agriculture and also worked as a senior legislative aide to Rep. Lee Terry and Sen. Chuck Hagel in the U.S. House and Senate.

Jamie earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Nebraska and is an Army veteran.

Jamie is looking forward to learning a lot about being a Buckeye. You can email him here. 4/1/2019

The State Budget, House Bill 166, is Introduced

March 29, 2019

The DeWine-Husted biennial budget was introduced into the House of Representatives as House Bill 166. This is the ‘main operating’ budget for the state, and joins the workers’ compensation and transportation budgets already under consideration by the General Assembly.

The executive budget provides state and federal General Revenue Fund appropriations totaling $33.68 billion for FY 2020 and $35.30 billion for FY 2021, increases of 3.6% and 4.8%, respectively.

Across all funds, main operating budget appropriations total $69.56 billion in FY 2020, an increase of 4.1%, and $71.29 billion in FY 2021, an increase of 2.5%.

Where do the General Revenue Funds come from? About $10 billion a year from sales and use taxes, $9 billion from personal income taxes, $4.5 billion from other tax and non-tax receipts, and $10 from federal grants.

More to come in future Leadership Briefings. 3/27/2019

Vision 2030: The Factory of the Future

March 29, 2019

NAM’s Manufacturing Leadership Council just released “Vision 2030: The Factory of the Future,” an examination of mega-trends that are rapidly changing the face of manufacturing.

“Today’s image of manufacturing as a dark, dirty, and unattractive place to work will give way to a bright and exciting new reality. This reality is in the early stages of formation today as trends such as connectivity and networking, information and process digitization, advanced analytics and computing, and new models of production like 3D printing take hold and play out,” the study summarizes.

“As manufacturing becomes increasingly connected and information-intensive, every functional aspect of the enterprise is likely to be affected, from design, to manufacturing through supply chains, and extending to customer service and support. Along the way, the skills people will need for manufacturing jobs may require significant change. Many manufacturers will have to undertake significant cultural, organizational, and management changes if they are going to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital revolution.” 3/28/2019