Eight months into 2011, the Republican-led General Assembly has made considerable progress in easing burdens on Ohio taxpayers while changing the way business is done in Columbus. Recent reforms include the repeal of the job-killing estate tax, prison sentencing reforms, new tax incentives for businesses committed to staying in Ohio, and the creation of the public-private jobs initiative, JobsOhio. While these and other measures are righting our state's course, much work remains before we can place the national recession in Ohio's rearview. Restoring faith in the free market and repealing costly mandates are central to Ohio's hope of pulling itself out of economic stagnation. With that said, I will soon be introducing legislation that would repeal sections of the Revised Code that impose onerous renewable energy mandates on Ohio's energy providers. In May 2008, the General Assembly passed Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) legislation requiring that one-quarter of all electricity sales by Ohio's utility providers are derived from alternative energy sources by 2025, and that half of that comes by way of "renewable" sources. As a result, a recent analysis by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University projects that Ohioans will be paying $1.4 billion more for power in 2025 and that prices will increase by more than 9 percent come that same year. That same analysis predicts that AEPS will lead to job loss, annual wage reduction, and a considerable drop in net investment in Ohio. As talk of a "double-dip recession" continues to dominate our newspapers and nightly news coverage, it would be irresponsible for legislators to stand by idly and allow bad policy to further burden the hard-working people of our state. As I have stated, my colleagues and I have made significant strides to rebuild Ohio's economy and re-open our doors to business and new careers. However, mandates such as the AEPS legislation hinder our ability to grow jobs and also prevents our citizens from building financial security for the future of their families. By repealing mandates such as these, we will mold Ohio into a more business friendly and fiscally sensible state. I look forward to leading the charge toward these repeals and working with my colleagues on implementing sound policy to continue Ohio's prosperous road to recovery.
Jordan represents Ohio's 19th Senate District, which includes Delaware, Knox, Morrow, Richland, and part of Ashland counties. Prior to serving in the Senate, he served as a State Representative and as a Delaware County Commissioner. He is a proven advocate for spending restraint, lower taxes, and family values. He lives in Powell with his wife, Melissa.
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