News and Analysis
This week the OMA testified in support of Senate Bill 282 before the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee. The bill would require the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to create an online process whereby employers could report recipients of unemployment benefits who have potentially failed to meet the nonmonetary requirements of benefit eligibility. The bill would require timely review of filed complaints.
As manufacturers continue to struggle to fill available jobs, this is a simple and streamlined way to communicate issues to ODJFS in an effort to return workers to available jobs. 9/3/2020
To prepare for this year’s important elections, The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association has produced Ohio-specific voter resources. This new web page is where you can find the tools you need to vote – whether early, absentee, or in person.
Also available is information about state and federal candidates, OMA policy priorities, OMA-PAC endorsed candidates, and more. Share these resources widely. We will leave the link to these resources on our home page for the duration of the election season. Make your voice heard! 8/31/2020
JobsOhio announced the hiring of Tim Derickson, a longtime agribusiness entrepreneur and former state legislator, as its new Director of Food and Agribusiness. In his new role, Derickson will oversee a sector that includes hundreds of companies — including many OMA members — that cultivate, process, package, distribute and market foods and beverages enjoyed around the world. More here. 9/3/2020
Census data will be collected through September 30. These data determine how $675 billion is distributed among the states and Ohio’s representation in Congress. An accurate count ensures that Ohio and its residents receive their fair share of government resources.
Those who have not yet completed the census can do so online or by calling 1-844-330-2020. 8/31/2020
Last week OMA hosted an economic outlook webinar in conjunction with our Connections Partner Huntington National Bank. Huntington’s director of economics, Dr. George Mokrzan, showed a solid economic recovery thus far for the U.S., including for much of the manufacturing sector. Here’s the recorded webinar, as well as accompanying slides. 8/28/2020
The OMA Government Affairs Committee (GAC) met virtually this week for its quarterly meeting. Members were briefed on the latest Statehouse activity in the areas of energy, environment, human resources, safety and workers’ compensation, and taxes. Key topics included Ohio’s nuclear bailout law, COVID-19 liability legislation, and proposals to expand workers’ compensation coverage (including for COVID-19 and PTSD).
In addition to a review of key races for the General Assembly, members received election insights from three guest speakers: District 2 Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Mansfield), who is running for the Ohio Senate; Kevin DeWine, former Ohio Republican Party chair; and Kyle Kondik, managing editor of the nationally renowned Sabato’s Crystal Ball, published by the University of Virgina Center for Politics.
Caroline Ramsey, manager for communications and government relations at Honda of America Mfg., was honored for her longtime involvement with the OMA. Ramsey, a former GAC chair, will retire from Honda this fall. The GAC will meet again Nov. 11. 8/26/2020
Earlier this month, the OMA released its 2020 Ohio Election Guide, a non-partisan publication providing insight on races for the General Assembly, Congress, and key judicial seats.
This week, we can announce the candidates for the General Assembly and Supreme Court of Ohio who have received the endorsement of the OMA Political Action Committee (OMA-PAC). See the full list of endorsements. 8/26/2020
Since 1984, Impact Ohio has offered post-election conferences to provide expert analysis of Ohio’s elections and policy choices that aff the business community. The organization will host its post-general election conference on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET). To register for this online event, click here. 8/25/2020
For the first time in more than a century, Ohio lawmakers this week drafted articles of impeachment against a sitting governor as four Republican House members are targeting fellow a Republican — Gov. Mike DeWine — for what they say has been a heavy-handed approach to managing the pandemic.
The impeachment effort is being spearheaded by Reps. John Becker (R-Cincinnati), Nino Vitale (R-Urbana), Candice Keller (R-Middletown), and Paul Zeltwanger (R-Mason). The lawmakers have even published this website.
House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) condemned the impeachment effort soon after its announcement, calling the resolution “an imprudent attempt to escalate important policy disagreements with the governor into a state constitutional crisis.” The governor’s response was, “Have at it,” adding that he was focused on more important issues. 8/25/2020
Ohio’s legislative leaders have added session dates for next week to take up priority measures. Among the legislation that could be considered is a bill to provide liability protection for businesses during COVID-19.
If you have not already done so, please consider using the OMA’s easy-to-use tool to contact your state lawmakers and tell them to finish the job on this important measure. 8/27/2020