News and Analysis
National Association of Manufacturers President & CEO Jay Timmons is on a two-week sweep through eight states to spotlight the importance of manufacturing and to recruit talent for the future of manufacturing.
Here is a link to a video of the State of Manufacturing remarks that Timmons delivered in Houston, TX, to an audience including students at Lone Star College (or read the remarks here). He is introduced by Gerald Napoles, Ph. D., President of Lone Star College North Harris campus. In his remarks, Timmons challenges the young people in the audience to consider manufacturing careers and also calls for Congress to act on infrastructure, trade, and immigration reform.
Meanwhile, in a NAM and OMA event this week, Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton hosted a roundtable of manufacturers with Senator Rob Portman. Steve Staub, president and co-owner, is on the OMA and the NAM boards of directors. Senator Portman and the manufacturers discussed the impact of tax reform on the manufacturing industry, concerns about trade policy, and solutions to close the skills gap and invest in a modern manufacturing workforce.
OMA member Steve Staub, President & Co-owner, Staub Manufacturing Solutions, Dayton, with Senator Rob Portman
Last week Governor Mike DeWine announced that J.P. Nauseef had been selected as the next president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio.
JobsOhio is Ohio’s private non-profit corporation that was founded to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts.
Accoring to the governor’s news release, Nauseef, a Dayton resident, is a “former U.S. Air Force officer with 30 years of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors with a longstanding passion for and focus on technology, innovation, and economic development. He is currently chairman and co-founder of Krush Media Group and continues to be a strong advocate for military missions and families. In addition, J.P. was the president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition, which is one of JobsOhio’s regional partner organizations.”
Nauseef takes over next month and replaces John Minor, who has been president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio since 2012. 2/16/2019
This week Senators Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and Robert McColley (R-Napoleon) gave sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 1. The bill is a carryover from the 132nd General Assembly and is the chamber’s number one priority. The Senate remains focused on reducing the regulatory burden facing Ohio’s businesses.
SB1 requires each state agency to reduce the regulatory restrictions contained it its rules by 30% by 2022. It also prohibits a state agency from adopting new regulatory restrictions that would increase the percentage of restrictions in the agency’s rules.
Roegner testified: “According to the 2018 Mercatus Center study, Ohio has the third-most regulations of all states that have been researched, only trailing New York and Illinois in the number of administrative rules currently in place. That is twice the number of regulations on the books in Maryland or Missouri, or three times the number of regulations in place in Michigan.” 2/21/2019
Governor DeWine this week proposed an 18 cent increase in the state gasoline tax to fill a deep pothole in the budget for building and maintaining the roads and bridges in the state. The tax would be indexed against the consumer price index.
Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks has testified that the state’s transportation system faces a “fiscal cliff” in an annual $1 billion shortfall for maintenance and new projects.
The current state gasoline tax is 28 cents. The proposed increase would raise $1.2 billion annually that would be shared with local governments.
In 2013, Governor Kasich raised $1.5 biillion by bonding against future turnpike revenue. The move masked the state’s gasoline tax revenue deficiency; the bond money ran out this year. 2/21/2019
This week is National Engineers Week(R), eWeek, which was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951. eWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
Where would we be without engineers! Salute! 2/20/2019
Rep. Scott Oelslager was appointed chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee. This committee oversees the budget process during the first six months of each new General Assembly.
Other important committees for manufacturers’ issues will be chaired as follows
- Public Utilities – Rep. Jamie Callender
- Insurance – Rep. Tom Brinkman
- Ways and Means – Rep. Tim Schaffer
- Energy and Natural Resources – Rep. Nino Vitale
- Energy Generation Subcommittee – Rep. Dick Stein and Rep. Michael O’Brien
- Economic and Workforce Development – Rep. Paul Zeltwanger
- Commerce and Labor – Rep. Gayle Manning
Senator Matt Dolan was appointed chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. That committee will play a large role in developing the state budget bill over the next six months.
Other committee chairs of importance for manufacturers’ issues include:
- Agriculture and Natural Resources – Sen. Frank Hoagland
- Energy and Public Utilities – Sen. Steve Wilson
- Transportation, Commerce, and Workforce – Sen. Rob McColley
- Ways and Means – Sen. Lou Terhar
- Insurance and Financial Institutions – Sen. Bob Hackett
In response to declining state gas tax revenue and increased transportation infrastructure needs, members of Gov. DeWine’s Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure concurred with hiking the gas tax and considering other revenue generators including a fee on non-motor-fuel powered vehicles.
The committee heard testimony from a variety of advocates including ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks who testified that Ohio’s transportation system is “facing an impending crisis” absent an increase in funding.
Specific recommendations are likely to be forthcoming in time for the state transportation budget which must be completed by the end of April.
Representatives of OMA member companies Eaton and Honda of America Manufacturing, participated on the advisory committee.
Look for a full report at the OMA Government Affairs Committee on March 6. 2/7/2019
Gov. DeWine appointed an Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure to recommend options for maintaining and enhancing the state’s transportation infrastructure.
The House Republicans this week elected its new leadership team. Rep. Jim Butler (R-Dayton) was elected as the speaker pro tempore. Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati)is majority floor leader. Rep. Anthony DeVitis (R-Uniontown) is assistant majority floor leader. Rep. Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) is majority floor whip, and Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) is assistant majority floor whip.
The Democratic leadership team consists of Rep. Emilia Strong-Sykes (D-Akron) as minority leader, Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) as assistant minority leader, Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) as minority whip, and Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) as assistant minority whip.
Meanwhile, the Senate selected a new majority floor leader in Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) Wednesday, while electing Sen. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) to Huffman’s former post of majority whip. These changes were made following Sen. Randy Gardner’s resignation to become chancellor of the Department of Higher Education.
The powerful positions of the chairmen of finance committees were also named this week. Rep. Scott Oelslager (R-Canton) will chair the House committee, while Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Fall) takes the position in the Senate. 2/7/2019
This week Governor DeWine announced the creation of a new committee that will study the current conditions of Ohio’s roadways and recommend options for maintaining and enhancing the state’s transportation infrastructure.
Members of the Ohio Governor’s Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure are named in this news release.
Governor DeWine has asked the committee to issue its recommendations in mid-February. 1/30/2019