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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gov. Strickland outlines priorities for legislators

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland today outlined priority legislation for the Ohio General Assembly to carefully consider while in session for the next several weeks.

The governor in a news release called for legislative action on the following initiatives from his State of the State address in January:

* Elimination of the tangible personal property tax on generation for wind and solar facilities that break ground this year, create Ohio jobs, and begin producing energy by 2012.

* A bipartisan foreclosure bill that would keep hard-working Ohio families in their homes, protect homeowners from housing schemes designed by Wall Street, and stabilize Ohio’s housing market to stabilize the state's economy.

* Pass casino implementation legislation that would invest $200 million in urban workforce initiatives, including the Build Your Own Business initiative, the co-op internship program and the Ohio Workforce Guarantee program.

He is also asking the legislature to prioritize:

* A bipartisan bill that would close payday lending loopholes, upholding the goal and the spirit of the initiative overwhelming supported by Ohio voters two years ago.

* Providing funding for Ohio’s coal permitting program to create jobs.

* Renewing Enterprise Zones to spur economic growth and create jobs in Ohio’s cities and urban centers.

* A veteran’s education bill to increase the number of Ohio National Guard Scholarships available to our veterans.

-- John Arthur Hutchison


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