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Local Columns

Sales tax cut are coming for glasses, contact lenses

Next month the State of Ohio will eliminate the sales tax on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. This change is a result of legislation that I supported and helped pass in 2017. It’s estimated that it will save Ohio taxpayers nearly $30 million annually. Elimination of the sales tax ...

GUEST COLUMN: A day of valor to remember forever

Our country just commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a momentous date in history when more than 160,000 Allied soldiers—mostly Americans—invaded Normandy to liberate Europe from Hitler. That morning, our fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers set forth from Britain on ...

New power plan presents sensible approach on climate

Washington is about to see another controversial chapter in the Trump era. Any day now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue its final “Affordable Clean Energy” rule (ACE). Intended as a replacement for President Obama’s 2015 Clean Power Plan (CPP), the new rule will ...

Tax reform is working but we must do more to strengthen economy

We have a strong economy today, thanks in part to the pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief Congress has put in place. Companies like Kroger in Cincinnati, Tremco in Cleveland, ProMedica in Toledo, and Wolf Metals in Columbus are creating jobs, raising wages and reinvesting ...

Affordable, reliable broadband critical to economy, job growth

Over the last two years, Congress has put in place pro-growth policies that are growing our economy, creating jobs and raising wages for families across Ohio. Ohio’s unemployment numbers are low and wages are up overall. Yet, I’ve also seen firsthand that parts of Ohio haven’t ...

The JOBS Act will connect Ohioans to good-paying jobs

With the help of new pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief, the economy is growing and many businesses across the state are expanding their operations and putting “workers wanted” signs in their windows. We are experiencing both job gains and the strongest wage growth ...

Let Trump’s love of Fox News work for us

If you’ve wondered how to get the president’s attention on issues near and dear to you, just ask United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green or former Ohio Sen. Capri Cafaro. They seem to have figured it out. Here’s a hint: Fox News. You know by now that President Donald Trump ...

Examining Ohio’s 2018 concealed-carry report

Even though we are well into March, reports that cover 2018 continue to be issued by government agencies and other organizations. One of those that was issued was the annual concealed-carry report from Ohio Attorney General David Yost. It showed that during the past year, sheriff’s ...

General Motors, don’t walk out on Lordstown

Ohio has stood by General Motors. Now General Motors needs to stand by Ohio. GM recently announced plans to lay off its final shift of workers and close its Lordstown, Ohio, plant in March 2019. This comes after GM announced earlier this year that it plans to build the new Chevy Blazer in ...

Put aside distractions when you are driving

You may not be interested in a biology lesson, but the workings of the brain need to be understood so you can get a good grasp of the term “distracted driving” and why it is so important to keep your attention – and your eyes – on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. The ...