Work Continues on Priority Workforce Legislation

House Bill 2, a priority measure that aims to enhance Ohio’s workforce, was advanced earlier this week from the House Workforce and Economic Development Committee and was quickly referred to the House Finance Committee due to the bill’s proposed appropriations. The OMA supports HB 2.

Reps. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) provided sponsor testimony Thursday before the Finance Committee to summarize the need for the bill. The bill would continue to provide $5 million over the course of two years for industry sector partnerships, while also funding a new TechCred program, which would reimburse employers up to $2,000 when their employees receive short-term training that results in an industry-recognized credential.

To help lead the way in workforce development, the OMA has established a network of manufacturer-led industry sector partnerships throughout the state. HB 2 is expected to be on the House floor next week. 6/6/2019