Senator Brown at the signing ceremony for HB 289.

ColumbusState Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) released the following statement after Governor Kasich signed HB 289 into law modifying Joint Economic Development Zone (JEDZ) agreements in Ohio:

When the Ohio Senate received HB 289, much of the language threatened the economic development efforts of our communities in Northwest Ohio.

Through successful work with our local officials and through bi-partisan cooperation in the Senate, we improved HB 289.  The modified bill strikes a balance between preventing taxation abuse and preserving the ability of metro areas like Toledo to continue cooperating on a regional basis.

I am proud of the work that we accomplished to make HB 289 a better bill which resulted in support from the City of Toledo and Lucas County after their initial opposition. 

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