Aug 31, 2011
OSCPA officially endorsed Gov. Kasich’s JobsOhio initiative to privatize Ohio’s economic development efforts in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee. Last week, the Ohio House approved the creation of JobsOhio in a party-line vote.
“Economic development leaders at all levels must be as nimble as possible in order to take advantage of opportunities to attract new employers, and to retain and grow the employers who are already in Ohio,” OSCPA President and CEO Clarke Price, CAE, told the committee. “We strongly believe that the creation of the public/private partnership, JobsOhio, will enable Ohio economic development leaders to do just that.”
JobsOhio mirrors several recommendations made in OSCPA’s Budget Advisory Task Force Report (OBATF) in November 2009. “We urged Ohio elected officials to identify opportunities to privatize government operations when it made sense and streamline operations that are duplicated across various government bodies,” Price said.
Senate President Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, said a floor vote could take place as early as next week. Niehaus believes the Senate can develop a bill that meets the transparency needs of the general public and legislators.
Final negotiations will likely take place in a House/Senate conference committee later in February. OSCPA members concerned about Ohio’s ability to retain, grow and attract businesses are encouraged to contact their legislators in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate in support of H.B. 1.
For more information, contact the OSCPA governmental affairs team at 800.686.2727.