This General Assembly has been a challenging one for my colleagues and I in the Ohio Senate as we sought to get our state's economy back on track and create jobs. I am pleased to say that we have made great progress in these and other areas during the past six months, and although the changes we are making have not come without difficult decisions, I am confident that we are investing in what truly matters and putting our state on the path to a brighter future. Many of the bills passed by the Senate in the first half of this year have focused on streamlining government and promoting economic development and job creation. This includes the passage of the innovative JobsOhio plan, which creates a non-profit corporation focused exclusively on state job creation and retention, and the approval of tax incentives that are helping to keep jobs here in Ohio instead of being lured away to another state. We also passed legislation establishing the Common Sense Initiative Office, which is working to reform the way businesses are regulated in Ohio in order to help employers focus on creating and retaining jobs instead of dealing with government red tape. To help further streamline government operations and eliminate wasteful spending, we have also mandated that state agencies and departments undergo performance audits. In addition, we approved bills that extended the number of calamity days for school districts and addressed the growing problem of prescription drug abuse by providing greater accountability for medical professionals and giving local law enforcement more tools to uncover and prosecute criminal activity. Finally, the recently-passed state budget eliminates a multi-billion dollar shortfall without raising taxes on Ohio families and makes significant reforms to the way state government operates in an effort to better serve the needs of the people of Ohio. As you can see, the past six months have been extremely productive ones in the Senate, but our work is not yet done - in the weeks and months ahead we will continue to implement policies that will encourage economic development and job creation, improve our education system and ensure the continued health and safety of families and children. As we move forward, I encourage you to contact my office with any questions or concerns you may have about the issues we are discussing at the Statehouse. Tip of the month: The Ohio Secretary of State is offering Ohioans the opportunity to help select the next "I Voted Today" sticker. From now until August 8, you can visit www.ElectYourSticker.com and cast your vote for one of six new designs. You may vote as often as you like, and there are no age restrictions on who may participate.
Senator Gayle Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Lorain and Huron counties and eastern portions of Seneca County. Her office can be reached by phone at (614) 644-7613 or by e-mailing SD13@senate.state.oh.us.
 
 
 
  
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