Today Governor John R. Kasich and Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) issued the following statement regarding S.B. 310 (Balderson), legislation that initiates a process to update Ohio’s renewable energy mandates:

"The well-intentioned strategy developed in 2008 to encourage alternative energy generation mandated levels which are now emerging as a challenge to job creation and Ohio's economic recovery. They are simply unrealistic and will drive up energy costs for job creators and consumers.  However, alternative energy sources are an important component of Ohio’s diverse energy portfolio, which is why we've rejected the notion of scrapping Ohio's renewable standards.  Instead, by temporarily holding at our current level while problems are ironed out, we keep the progress we've made, ensure we steadily grow new energy sources and preserve affordable energy prices for both businesses and consumers.”


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Widener Discusses Strategy For Connecting Job Creators With Worker Training Programs


"Discussions about what skills employers are seeking and how our workforce training programs can best meet those demands should be an integral part of every regional workforce and economic development strategy,” said Widener.


Beagle And Balderson Announce State's Latest Investments In Workforce Development


“The Workforce Development Revolving Loan Fund is a phenomenal program that encourages fast job placement, fair student loans and more opportunities for Ohioans to gain needed job skills to contribute to the changing workforce needs of our state,” said Beagle. 


Jones Sets Priorities, Champions Accountability At First Meeting Of Commission On Infant Mortality


"There is a serious disconnect between the investments made and the people we are trying to impact," said Jones. "We need to look at the problem of infant mortality in a broader context, define the state's role in interacting with local communities on this issue and develop a system of accountability." 


LaRose Introduces Legislation To Improve Transparency In Local Elections


"The concept is pretty straightforward," said Senator LaRose. "This bill will update Ohio's campaign finance law to allow local entities to join a system that has operated smoothly for 15 years. There is no good reason to deny the public the opportunity to view local campaign finance reports online when state reports are already available."