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It was a great honor to see House Bill 18, legislation that encourages expanding and moving businesses to consider moving into vacant buildings, signed into law by Governor Kasich last week. A lot of work went into crafting and revising the bill to make sure that the final product does all that it can to promote economic growth in the Cleveland area and across the state.

Ohio is one of the nation’s largest glass manufacturing states. With negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) set to begin this week, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) are urging the Administration to stand up for critical glassware jobs in Toledo and Lancaster. 

Flexibility has always been a key component to the successful operation of local government. As we all know, government operations can become very costly, so it is important that municipalities find the most efficient way to offer crucial public services. House Bill 509 will provide this flexibility by allowing local governments to collaborate with other municipalities to deliver shared services.

Throughout this legislative session, the Ohio House has been working hard to promote job creation, business growth and economic recovery. In recent months, Ohio has experienced a dramatic influx of industry and jobs. In January of this year, the Buckeye state gained 25,000 jobs, and in February, we led the nation in jobs gained with an uptick of more than 28,000. With more and more businesses relocating within our borders, these trends are poised to continue as we move forward in 2012.

A group of Northwest Ohio veterans recently traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of the Honor Flight program. More than 150 veterans flew from Northwest Ohio to visit the World War II, Vietnam, Iwo Jima, and Korean War memorials and Arlington National Ceremony. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown met with the veterans near the World War II memorial on the National Mall.

Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) joins child welfare agencies nationwide in recognizing May 2011 as National Foster Care Month, and is appealing for more adults and families to become foster caregivers in Lucas County.

In today’s fast-paced world, the most successful businesses are those that take advantage of every available resource. To achieve a competitive edge, Ohio’s small businesses need to be aware of the resources available to them through their state government. Ohio is at a crossroads when it comes to business growth and job creation, and our economic prosperity largely hinges on the success of our small businesses.

The good news is that death rates for many major diseases - HIV, stroke, heart disease, prostate cancer, and breast cancer - are declining. Sadly, we can't yet say the same about Alzheimer's. This year, the first of the Boomer Generation turns 65 and with increased age comes increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

 Toledo Mayor Bell held a press conference today to discuss Dahing's decision to put "The Docks" purchase on hold. Press release below:

A New York Daily News story asks whether Toledo should be eligible for anti-terror funds. Apparently the love does not go around.

In my work as mayor of Walton Hills and now as your state representative in Columbus, I know how easy it can be for our state and local governments to squander tax dollars if elected officials are not careful. At the state level, this sort of inefficiency has largely contributed to the $8 billion budget deficit Ohio faces today. Any Ohioan who operates a small business or manages their family’s finances understands the need to manage spending practices. Over the past few years, this attentiveness has not been addressed successfully in the state government, where the taxpayers have not seen their money being used efficiently or effectively.


I believe in the resiliency of Ohio and the ability of our people to bounce back from what has been a very difficult recession. We have a history of overcoming obstacles and growing stronger than ever before, and I look forward to pursuing common-sense solutions to our economic crisis.

With the winter months upon us, many of you are planning to take a family a vacation. Luckily, you do not have to look far for fun diversions and entertainment to enjoy this season. The greater Cleveland area is host to many family-friendly attractions this time of year, and I encourage you to take advantage of the vibrant community life located in your own backyard. To this end, I would like to tell you about a few of these inexpensive, unique opportunities. 

With the state economy languishing, many Ohioans will feel the strain of heating costs in the coming months. No matter what the economic situation, it is an inevitability that utility bills will increase in the wintertime. Thankfully, there is government assistance for those who would otherwise be unable to pay for the necessity of home heating.

The Toledo-Lucas County Housing Trust Fund is locked in a battle for its existence with the Bell administration and city council.

The Lucios, a large migrant farm family, simply wanted to live their version of the American Dream. They found it each summer in the farm fields of Northwest Ohio. Then each of seven children found out there's even more to be had, but it starts with a close-knit family.

Toledo’s mayor did the sensible thing when he recently broke a tie vote among city council on a non-binding resolution calling on Congress and the president to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

A federal judge blocked parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law last week, but Toledo City Council is still debating the issue in the form of a non-binding resolution—even after Mayor Mike Bell broke a tie vote to send the resolution to defeat. Instead, another councilman took up the cause, then redrafted and reintroduced a resolution Tuesday night.

Here in Ohio, farming represents a vital component of our economy and ensures the livelihood of a number of Ohioans. Agriculture ranks as Ohio’s largest industry, which is an indicator of its importance to the well-being of our communities as well as to Ohio’s economic success.

Toledo's mayor did the sensible thing when he broke a tie vote on a non-binding resolution calling on Congress and the president to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

A pair of big decisions coming on Tuesday are burning behind the scenes like a vacant home in the Old South End. One involves the controversial issue of immigration, while the other could mean more new taxes for TPS homeowners.

As small wind turbines started to dot the metro Toledo landscape outside schools, the zoo, and other public institutions, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur declared that she envisioned Northwest Ohio one day would become "the Saudi Arabia of wind." So what happened?!?

Lost among the week's headlines are the stern words of Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre, who's vehemently opposed to a proposed racial profiling ordinance now before city council, which received an earful at a public hearing Tuesday on all things immigration-related.

Muddy and Spike may sound more like a Saturday morning cartoon, but once the pair of high-speed, high-efficiency cargo cranes swing into action this summer, the Austrian-made twins will transform Toledo’s docks forever.