Chairman’s Update 10-13-19

Good Evening,
The 2020 Democratic candidates will travel to Ohio for their fourth debate on Tuesday. They can pander here all they want, but Ohioans know their radical policies and calls for higher taxes on the middle class are not welcome. Our values do not align their with their agendas calling for a government takeover of the healthcare system, free college for all, and massive tax hikes to fund their progressive proposals. On top of their extreme views, they refuse to acknowledge anything the president has accomplished. Voters see right through their partisan agendas, and as we continue to work hard towards another Trump victory we will continue to spread the word of what the president does to fight for Americans every single day.
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
In Miamisburg, Senator Rob Portman Tours Brainerd Industries, Hosts Workforce Discussion
Last week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman toured Brainerd Industries, a powder coating and stamping manufacturer in Miamisburg. Following the tour, Portman met with the company’s leadership and local stakeholders to discuss Career and Technical Education and how his bipartisan JOBS Act legislation will help more Ohioans get the skills and training they need to find in-demand jobs.
Portman has taken the lead to address this skills gap by authoring the JOBS Act, bipartisan legislation makes high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs more affordable by expanding access to Pell Grants for low-income students. President Trump included the JOBS Act in his FY 2020 budget request and Portman is working to include this measure in broader legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year.
Governor DeWine unveils STRONG Ohio bill to address gun violence
On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled his STRONG Ohio bill, a series of legislative proposals to better protect Ohio citizens and law enforcement officers from those with a propensity toward violence and to provide help to individuals who are a danger to themselves or others. DeWine was joined at the announcement by numerous Ohio leaders, including Lt. Governor Jon Husted and State Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), who will be the bill’s primary sponsor. The bill focuses on helping enforce existing laws that prohibit dangerous individuals and violent felons from possessing firearms through a number of statutory enhancements. A detailed summary of the STRONG Ohio bill is available here.
Husted Celebrates #SaveTheCrew Victory
Last week, Lt. Governor Jon Husted spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Columbus Crew SC stadium in the Arena District, near Downtown Columbus. The Lt. Governor congratulated the fans who participated in the #SaveTheCrew movement as well as brought greetings on behalf of Governor DeWine, who, as Attorney General, led the effort to ensure Ohio law was followed and that the community had the opportunity to buy the team and keep it in Ohio.
AG Dave Yost Shares Plans to Curb Opioid Addiction with Fox News
Attorney General Dave Yost spoke with Fox News last week about a new project his office is leading in the fight to prevent opioid addiction. Yost and his team at the Attorney General’s office are beginning an unprecedented study to identify genetic factors that may make a person more prone to opioid abuse.
As the Toledo Blade noted in an editorial last week, “Ohio could be at the forefront of research on opioid abuse with a newly announced study to determine which genetic markers make people susceptible to opioid addiction. It could produce monumental results to help curb future addiction problems.”
You can watch Yost’s full interview with Fox news here, and read more of the Toledo Blade’s editorial here.
LaRose Spotlights Ohio Businesses
This week, Secretary of State Frank LaRose kicked off the Ohio Business Spotlight – an initiative designed to highlight strong businesses that can serve as examples of Ohio’s economic potential. Ohio businesses start at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, so there is a special opportunity to empower new entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to succeed in the Buckeye state. Each month, Secretary LaRose will select various businesses around the state that share a common theme. In honor of Manufacturing Month, this October we are featuring manufacturing businesses around the state.
“My great-grandfather achieved his American dream by building a business here in Ohio — and it all started right here at the Secretary of State’s office when he filed his paperwork,” said LaRose. “By highlighting some of our state’s entrepreneurial success stories, we’ll encourage more Ohioans to make their dream a reality and maybe give them some inspiration and insight as they prepare to start their business.”
Check out the businesses in the spotlight
Auditor Faber Celebrates Wright State University Lake Campus Extension 
Auditor of State Keith Faber was in his hometown of Celina this week celebrating the extension of Wright State University’s Lake campus. Auditor Faber has focused his efforts on working to make state colleges and universities more affordable through increased frequency of performance audits.
Treasurer Sprague’s Ag-LINK Efforts Continue to Help Ohio’s Farmers
Treasurer Robert Sprague recently announced that more than 145 new and refinanced loans totaling $17.3 million have been made possible through the Ag-LINK program since July. Administered by the Treasurer’s Office, Ag-LINK provides eligible farmers and agribusinesses with reduced interest operating loans up to $150,000. Following the extreme weather of early summer, Treasurer Sprague re-opened the program’s application period to provide relief to Ohio’s farming community.
“We’re proud to partner with Ohio’s agriculture community and offer Ag-LINK as an option during this difficult growing season,” said Treasurer Sprague. “Whether it’s a new loan or refinancing an already existing one, farmers and agribusinesses can help curb some of their losses through this program.”
The current Ag-LINK application period will remain open until November 15.
Read more about Ag-LINK here.