Ohio's August 2016 New Business Filings Outpace Last Year's Record
8,495 new entities filed to do business in Ohio during August 2016
September 20, 2016
 
 
COLUMBUS - 

State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today highlighted a recent report by Secretary of State Jon Husted showing that 8,495 new entities filed to do business in the state of Ohio last month, an increase of more than 900 new businesses compared to August 2015.

The report demonstrates the continued positive trend of new business filings in Ohio. More than 3,500 more entities have filed to do business in the state during 2016 than at the same point in 2015.

"We are on track to set a record for the most new business formations in state history," said Obhof. "This is good news for Ohio's economy, but we must build on this momentum by continuing to improve the state's business climate."

In 2015, Senator Obhof sponsored Senate Bill 26 and co-sponsored House Bill 3, which cut the filing fees for starting a new business or non-profit entity by more than 20 percent.

Ohio is now the least expensive state to start and maintain a business in the Midwest.

 
 
  
Faber Receives the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Cardinal Award from Director Jim Zehringer

COLUMBUS - Today at the Indian Lake State Park Campground, Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) received the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' prestigious Cardinal Award in recognition of his commitment to maintaining and preserving Ohio's natural resources.

"I'm grateful to Director Jim Zehringer and ODNR for this honor," said Faber. "Ohio's vast natural resources are vital to our state's economy and tourism industry, and they provide educational and recreational opportunities for every Ohioan. The Senate will continue to partner with Governor Kasich's administration to ensure that we preserve and enhance our natural treasures for future generations."

President Faber has played a influential role in securing major investments for Ohio's state park system. In 2014, President Faber worked with Governor John Kasich to secure $88.5 million in capital budget funds for Ohio's state parks, the largest investment in thirty years. In this General Assembly, he successfully secured $38.5 million in additional capital funds.

Faber has also played an instrumental role in securing state of the art dredges for Ohio lakes, including Grand Lake St. Mary's in his district. Today at Indian Lake, plans for a second dredge were announced.
"Senator Faber has been an outstanding advocate for Ohio State Parks, helping provide Ohioans with great outdoor spaces all across the state," said ODNR Director Jim Zehringer. "His efforts have helped launch a renovation and rejuvenation project at state park properties that is unprecedented."

Since 1971, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has presented the Cardinal Award to volunteers, writer, naturalists, farmers, biologists, educators, public officials and other individuals who support ODNR's mission to strike a balance between preservation and wise use of Ohio's natural resources.

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

Dayton-area business and community leaders gathered Thursday evening to honor the women named to the Dayton Business Journal's '2016 BizWomen Power 50.' Again this year, State Senators Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) earned their spot on the list of the region's most influential women.

Selected by the Dayton Business Journal's editorial board, the 2016 BizWomen Power 50 features women who have made important contributions to the region through their leadership in a variety of industries, including health care, education, government and defense.

Honorees were chosen based on the important contributions they have made in their respective fields to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Dayton region.

Senator Shannon Jones

"I am honored to receive this distinction and humbled to be included on this list with so many incredible women," said Senator Jones. “Our efforts to combat serious problems such as the abysmal infant mortality rate are making a difference. As a result, Ohio is a healthier place to raise a family, but we still have more work to do."

Senator Shannon Jones represents the 7th Senate District, encompassing all of Warren County and portions of Butler and Hamilton counties. Throughout her time in the legislature, Senator Jones has been named to key leadership posts and has earned recognition for driving innovation and change in Ohio's complex systems of health care and public utilities.

Jones serves as the chairwoman of the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee as well as the vice chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Senator Peggy Lehner

"Receiving this award is truly an honor," said Senator Lehner. "We have made great strides to ensure that Ohio's children receive quality educational opportunities and we will continue to hold schools accountable for meeting the high standards that our students and families deserve."

Peggy Lehner represents the 6th Ohio Senate District, which includes portions of Montgomery County. Lehner is no stranger to public service, having served a term in the Ohio House of Representatives after 10 years on the Kettering City Council. Senator Lehner has also served on the Ohio Ethics Commission, including two terms as chairwoman.

Lehner serves as the chairwoman of the Senate's Education Committee and vice chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee.

Click here for a full list of honorees named to the 2016 Dayton Business Journal BizWomen Power 50.

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today applauded the progress of state forensic investigators with the Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative whose efforts are helping to deliver justice for the victims of sexual assault. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine launched the Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative in 2011 because law enforcement agencies across the state faced a backlog (in some cases decades old) of untested rape kits. 

Under Attorney General DeWine's initiative, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations has tested 11,705 rape kits. According to statistics released by DeWine's office this week, a total of 4,221 matches have already been obtained based on DNA profiles already in the state's database

“Because of the kit testing initiative, prosecutors are finally able to go after offenders,” said Obhof. “There have been hundreds of indictments as a result of these efforts.” 

In order to prevent such backlogs in the future, Senator Obhof co-sponsored Senate Bill 316, requiring Ohio law enforcement agencies to eliminate the existing backlog of rape kits by submitting any previously untested kits to BCI for testing.

Senate Bill 316 also set a strict 30-day timeline for future submissions. 

 
 
  
Bacon (far right) joins family of Lance Corporal Ryan E. Miller to remember fallen soldier with memorial highway naming

COLUMBUS - State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) today joined the family members of fallen Gahanna soldier Lance Corporal Ryan Miller to unveil the sign that will designate a portion of Interstate 270 North as the "Lance Corporal Ryan E. Miller Memorial Highway."

The road naming honors the Gahanna native who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 3, 2006 while serving with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines in Anbar Province, Iraq. Miller enlisted in the Marines in 2003 and deployed to Iraq in 2004 and again in 2006. Two months into his second tour, he died of injuries sustained from a roadside bomb.

"This highway naming is only a small token of our appreciation," said Bacon. "We hope that it serves as a constant reminder to everyone driving on Interstate 270 that Ryan Miller lived a life bigger than himself, a life defined by bravery and sacrifice. His life was much too short, but his memory will live on."

Ed Miller, the father of Lance Corporal Miller, accepted a Senate resolution commemorating the new highway naming on behalf of his family, saying, "We still miss him every day. To have this sign out on 270 is so special not just for Ryan but for all of the fallen."

In honor of his memory, Miller's family established the Ryan E. Miller Memorial Highway Fund at St. Francis DeSales High School, where he played baseball. The annual LCPL Ryan E. Miller Memorial Scramble funds a $4,000 scholarship granted to one girl and one boy every year. This year's scramble will take place on Saturday, September 10.

 
 
  
 
Find It Here
Celebrating Ohio Tourism
September 05, 2016
 
 

Happy Labor Day! We hope you enjoy the extra time with your family and friends on this beautiful weekend.

This summer your state senators have been busy in their districts hearing from you on how to make Ohio the best place in the nation to live, work and raise our families. They've also enjoyed showcasing tourism opportunities around Ohio.

Check out Discover Ohio to plan your next adventure in our great state. The video above highlights a few of these gems:

  • Cleveland's Museum of Natural History opened its new Wildlife Museum this weekend thanks in part to state investment through the Ohio legislature's capital bill.

  • A new lodge is underway at southern Ohio's Cave Lake. Because of Ohio's strong fiscal health, the state can make investments like these in our communities.

  • Akron's Hoppin' Frog Brewery and craft brewers across the state are celebrating recent legislation that removed the state 12% alcohol by volume limit, allowing them to expand their offerings and increase Ohio's competitiveness in the brewing industry.

Connect with us @OhioSenateGOP on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for daily updates.

 
 
  
Senator Peterson speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony, marking the beginning of construction for a $1.6 million lodge at YLA Camp Cave Lake in Pike County.
COLUMBUS - 

State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) joined the Youth Leadership Association (YLA) on Tuesday to break ground on a new $1.6 million lodge at the organization's camp location along Cave Lake in Pike County.

Senator Peterson was instrumental in securing $2 million for the project as part of the Ohio's recent capital budget. The state's investment will be used for the construction of the new lodge and other facility improvements, including water, sewer and electrical system upgrades. 

Senator Peterson and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger participated in a groundbreaking ceremony with other supporters of the camp on Tuesday to mark the next phase of the project.

"We're proud of the work this organization is doing to develop our next generation of leaders," said Peterson. "We hope this investment will allow YLA to continue its mission for many years to come."

In addition to YLA, the new facility will be available for schools and other organization to use for camps, retreats and conferences throughout the year. 

Set on 700 acres of the region’s most scenic property, Cave Lake includes an ecologically significant cave, a 42-acre lake and hundreds of species of birds, trees and shrubs. YLA purchased the Cave Lake property in 1999 and has been using parts of the land for youth day trips and family camping.

 
 
  
 
Celebrating Ohio's Steadfast Workforce
A Guest Column by State Senator John Eklund
September 01, 2016
 
 

Labor Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions that generations of American workers have made, both past and present. It is also a time to recognize how our workforce has risen to the challenge time and time again by continuing to be the foundation upon which Ohio's economic turnaround has relied in recent years.

In 1890, Ohio led the way by enacting legislation that designated a day to honor the state’s workforce four years before Labor Day became a national holiday. Ever since, we have celebrated the strength and spirit that have become synonymous with the makeup of our state's, and our nation's, workforce. 

Labor Day reminds us of the resilience, innovation and determination necessary in our ever-changing and globalized world economy. Our modern American workforce constantly adapts to meet the latest advances in technology and competition is as strong as ever. This has made Ohio's economic turnaround all the more impressive as workers and innovators from across the state have driven our comeback to new heights and paved the way for future success.

Ohio's workforce has weathered the storm and demonstrated the resilience that makes our state great. Ohio has gone from losing 351,000 jobs during the depths of the recession, to creating more than 430,000 new private sector jobs since 2011. Ohio's unemployment rate dropped again in July 2016 to 4.8 percent, outpacing the national average. 

I am proud of the countless talented workers in our state who have significantly contributed to the state's growing economy, solidifying Ohio's place as one of the best states live, work and raise a family. In the Ohio Senate, I will continue to fight for a robust, well-equipped and prosperous workforce as jobs and opportunity for all Ohioans remain our number one priority.

Our workforce is second to none because of the hard-working Ohioans that remain steadfast and determined in good times and in bad. I hope that you and your family take time to celebrate, enjoy and remember the contributions of so many this Labor Day weekend.

If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office by phone at (614) 644-7718 or e-mail at Eklund@OhioSenate.gov.

 
 
  
Senator Burke joins ODNR Director Jim Zehringer to celebrate the completion of capital improvement projects at Mount Gilead State Park

State Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville) this week joined Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer and local leaders to celebrate the completion of major upgrades at Mount Gilead State Park.

Park investments include a newly renovated shower house and restroom, playground improvements, a new park pavilion and upgrades to the existing dam. 

"I am very encouraged to see the improvements made at the park and I hope fellow Ohioans take an afternoon, or even a full weekend with their families to get out and enjoy the upgrades," said Senator Burke. 

Mount Gilead State Park received $900,000 for improvements as part of the $88 million in investments to state parks that was included in the state's previous capital budget bill, which was co-sponsored by Senator Burke.

 
 
  
COLUMBUS - 

State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced that Ohio has finally repaid its lingering unemployment-compensation debts amassed during the recession. The debt – owed to the federal government – led to substantial penalties that stifled Ohio’s employers. 

“Paying off this debt is a major milestone in Ohio's turnaround," said Obhof. “This allows Ohio’s employers to reinvest in their businesses, instead of sending hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties to the federal government.” 

During the recession, Ohio and 35 other states borrowed from a federal trust fund to continue paying jobless benefits. Ohio borrowed nearly $2 billion in 2009 alone. As a result, Ohio’s employers began paying federal penalties in 2012, with the amount of the penalty growing each year. 

Senator Obhof co-sponsored House Bill 390, which authorized the State of Ohio to pay the remainder of the debt this fall, before additional federal penalties would apply. The bill passed the Senate in May. Pursuant to House Bill 390, this week the Kasich administration paid the remaining balance of $271 million.

Because of these changes, the federal unemployment tax rate on Ohio businesses will revert to normal levels, with employers paying a smaller surcharge in the first half of 2017 to repay the State of Ohio. Under the repayment plan, instead of paying $168 per employee in a 12-month period, employers will pay $87 for the first year. In the second year, the amount will return to its pre-recession level of $42.  

“These changes will save Ohio employers more than $350 million,” said Senator Obhof. “This frees up Ohio’s job creators to grow their businesses and hire more people.”

 
 
  
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Ohio's August 2016 New Business Filings Outpace Last Year's Record

 
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"We are on track to set a record for the most new business formations in state history," said Obhof. "This is good news for Ohio's economy, but we must build on this momentum by continuing to improve the state's business climate."



 
 

Faber Recognized For Commitment To Safeguarding Ohio's Natural Resources

 

"I'm grateful to Director Jim Zehringer and ODNR for this honor," said Faber. "Ohio's vast natural resources are vital to our state's economy and tourism industry, and they provide educational and recreational opportunities for every Ohioan. The Senate will continue to partner with Governor Kasich's administration to ensure that we preserve and enhance our natural treasures for future generations."



 
 

Jones And Lehner Named To Dayton Region's List Of 50 Most Influential Women

 
COLUMBUS - 

"Receiving this award is truly an honor," said Senator Lehner. "We have made great strides to ensure that Ohio's children receive quality educational opportunities and we will continue to hold schools accountable for meeting the high standards that our students and families deserve."



 
 

UPDATE: Kit Testing Initiative Helping To Deliver Justice For Victims Of Sexual Assault

 
COLUMBUS - 

“Because of the kit testing initiative, prosecutors are finally able to go after offenders,” said Obhof. “There have been hundreds of indictments as a result of these efforts.”