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.”
Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) and State Senator Cliff Hite (R–Findlay) today toured Cooper Farms, operated by Gary Cooper and his son Cole. The elder Cooper currently serves as the Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, a role that wins him the honor of raising the 2014 National Thanksgiving Turkey that will be presented to President Barack Obama for a Presidential Pardon.
Senator Peggy Lehner today announced nearly 96 percent of third grade students from the 2013-2014 school year passed the new state standards implemented by Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. These results reflect the scores earned by third graders following the summer administration of the O.A.A. exam.