Chairman’s Update 8-11-19

Good Evening,
President Trump has continued to achieve monumental results for the American people. In July alone, the United States added 165,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained near a generational low of 3.7% and 370,000 people reentered the labor market. These are remarkable figures, and prove that President Trump goes to work for us each and every day.
Confidence in our economy has only grown thanks to President Trump’s pro-growth policies. Throughout his administration, the president has rolled back unnecessary regulations detrimental to job growth, saving billions of dollars and unleashing economic growth in the process.
As we look towards the 2020 election, let’s remember these great accomplishments.
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Last week, Senator Portman Launched his Ohio’s North Coast Tour, Highlighting Lake Erie’s Importance to Ohio’s Economy
Over five days, Portman will have traveled nearly 700 miles along Ohio’s north coast. Portman has seen federally-funded research at Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory at Gibraltar Island, has hosted a tourism roundtable in Sandusky, has visited ports in Cleveland and Ashtabula to highlight economic development, and has held his annual fishing trip and conservation roundtable in Lake County.
An independent voice for Ohio, Rob continues to be a leader in protecting our Great Lakes and the environment. As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Portman has taken the lead in protecting Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms, invasive species, contamination, and microbeads.
Governor DeWine Remembers Shooting Victims, Takes Action on Mental Health
Following the tragic attack in Dayton on Sunday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered flags to remain at half mast in honor and memory of the victims who lost their lives. He issued this statement and traveled to Dayton, joining Mayor Nan Whaley, state legislators, and other officials.
On Tuesday, Governor DeWine, along with Lt. Governor Jon Husted, announced 17 proposals to reduce gun violence and increase mental health treatment.
At Dayton Children’s Hospital on Thursday, Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted announced that the Governor along with the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association will host an event called “Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit” in September in Dayton to help communities support the mental health needs of kids.
Lt. Governor Husted Returns to Dayton Following Shooting
Lt. Governor Jon Husted traveled to Dayton numerous times this week following the tragic shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District. A former Dayton resident, the Lt. Governor once lived not far from the place where the shooting took place and returned to the city to visit with survivors, thank first responders, and donate blood. The Lt. Governor also threw the first pitch at Saturday’s Dayton Dragons’ game honoring “hometown heroes.”
AG Dave Yost Continues to Fight Human Trafficking
Attorney General Dave Yost penned an op-ed in The Vindicator last week outlining a new proposal in the fight against human trafficking. Yost will ask the General Assembly this fall to make the buying and selling of sex in Ohio two separate offenses, with buying being the more serious crime. Without buyers’ money, there is no market for sex; without a market, there is no human trafficking.
“The slave master gets the money, of course…The women get to keep their addiction,” Yost wrote. “This is what human trafficking looks like.”
LaRose Keynotes Millennial Action Project Conference
This week, Secretary of State Frank LaRose joined young leaders from around the country to keynote the Millennial Action Project’s 2019 Future Summit.
Secretary LaRose, a co-chair of the group’s future caucus, made the case for making self-government work again and emphasized the progress Ohio has made to keep elections secure, free and fair.
“I sincerely believe that our generation will make self-government work again and these are the folks who are already rolling up their sleeves to get the work done!” LaRose said.
Auditor Keith Faber Visits University of Cincinnati
This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber met with officials at the University of Cincinnati to discuss how higher education can be more affordable. Faber celebrated much of the progress UC has made in recent years to cut costs – including moving to open sources textbooks which saves students money every year. He also toured the 1819 Innovation Hub, speaking with students and business leaders to hear how this private public partnership is benefiting the Cincinnati community.
Sprague adds Lake and Logan Counties to the Ohio Checkbook
This week saw Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague add two more counties to On Tuesday, Sprague joined Lake County Auditor Chris Galloway to announce the county government’s addition to the online transparency platform. Just two days later, Sprague traveled to Bellefontaine to announce that Logan County has also come aboard County Auditor Jack Reser and Logan County commissioners were also on-hand for the announcement.
These two announcements further build on Treasurer Sprague’s commitment to transparency and accountability in government. Since entering office, Treasurer Sprague has added more than 45 local government entities to the Ohio Checkbook.
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