Chairman’s Update 8-25-19

Good Evening,
Last week, the Trump campaign held numerous “Women for Trump” events across the country in an effort to celebrate women’s suffrage. Also key to the events were training sessions on how to become effective volunteers for the 2020 election.
I helped kick off an event in Cuyahoga Falls on Thursday evening. The event was titled “An Evening to Empower” and it truly was empowering to see such a strong group of women come together in support of President Trump’s broad agenda that has already benefitted many Americans, women included.
Under President Trump’s leadership, women have been empowered to reach their economic potential. The unemployment rate among women remains near a generational low, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has doubled the child tax credit, benefitting families across the United States.
Women are an important voting bloc, especially in this upcoming election, and what I saw on Thursday night has only made me more confident that we will re-elect President Trump with the help of women across the country.
ICYMI: Last month, I wrote an Op-Ed on how women have benefitted from Donald Trump’s presidency. You can read it here.
Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
Portman, NASA Administrator Bridenstine Visit NASA Facilities in Cleveland and Sandusky
Last Wednesday, Senator Portman accompanied NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a visit to NASA’s Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky to view progress on the agency’s Artemis Program — its multi-year plan to return American astronauts to the Moon and eventually send manned missions to Mars.
This summer, Portman announced that he plans to introduce legislation in September to rename NASA’s Plum Brook Station, the agency’s test facility in Sandusky, after Neil Armstrong. Portman most recently visited the Plum Brook Station in 2017 as part of a tour of Ohio’s military and space installations.
Last year, Portman sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee in support of full funding of $712 million for the NASA Glenn Research Center, which was met and exceeded in the FY 2019 appropriations bill.
Husted Announces New Tool to Cut Burdensome Regulations
Lt. Governor Jon Husted this week announced that InnovateOhio is working on the procurement of a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can efficiently search Ohio’s laws and regulations to find rules that are duplicative, outdated, or conflicting. In April, Husted announced his office had cleared a backlog of rules left at the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) when he took office and promised that, with the backlog fixed, CSI would now go on offense to improve Ohio’s regulatory environment for job creators. The implementation of this AI tool is a step toward making Ohio a better place to do business.
AG Dave Yost Announces Increased Funding for Ohio’s Rape Crisis Centers
Attorney General Dave Yost announced his office was awarding $4.16 million in state grants to 32 rape crisis centers and agencies statewide last week. This is nearly triple the amount of grant money awarded to rape crisis centers in each of the last three years.
“Women who have lived through the horrific act of rape will now have access to expanded services in every corner of our state,” Yost said. “This massive increase in funding to our local partners will improve lives moving forward.”
The increase is due to the recently enacted state budget, and the grants were awarded by the Crime Victim Services Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Join #TeamLaRose for the Barberton Labor Day Parade!
On Monday, September 2nd Frank, Lauren, and the team will be walking in the Barberton Labor Day parade and we would love for you to join us.
The parade will kick off at 10:00 a.m. and circle around beautiful Lake Anna. To get fueled up for the walk, the Barberton Kiwanis serves a fantastic pancake breakfast at St. Augustine Church near the ending point of the parade. We hope you can join the Secretary for the morning to celebrate the hardworking men and women in the labor community.
To RSVP, and get all of the details, contact Dalton Miller at [email protected] or 614-949-5712.
Auditor Faber Finds Former Dog Warden Stole Over $26,000
This week, Auditor Keith Faber issued a finding for recovery for $26,267 against the former dog warden for the Columbiana County Dog Pound. “Theft in office will simply not be tolerated.” Faber said, “Fortunately, because of the coordinated effort between the Columbiana County Prosecutor’s Office and our Special Investigations Unit, this former employee has repaid the stolen money and will spend time in jail for her crimes.” Auditor Faber has been dedicated to rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in governments at all level. To read more, click here.
Sprague Talks ResultsOHIO in Columbus, Chillicothe This Week
On Wednesday, Treasurer Sprague addressed the Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors as part of the organization’s quarterly meeting. The Treasurer’s remarks were highlighted by an update regarding his ResultsOHIO initiative which received legislative approval last month as part of the state operating budget.
A day later, Treasurer Sprague took his message to Ross County where he continued discussing the innovative, new pay-for-success program with local economic leaders. In addition to ResultsOHIO, the Treasurer toured downtown Chillicothe and also shared information about the Ag-LINK program. AG-LINK is a reduced interest rate loan program administered by the Treasurer’s office and available to farmers and agribusinesses that have been hit hard by weather in recent months.