You’ve probably heard by now that Senate Bill 5 was passed by the Senate. Governor Kasich had this to say,
“I applaud President Niehaus, Senator Jones and Senator Bacon for their leadership, and I appreciate the courage and resolve members of the Senate have shown in working with me to get Ohio back on track. This is a major step forward in correcting the imbalance between taxpayers and the government unions that work for them. Our state, counties, cities and school districts need the flexibility to reduce their costs and better manage their workforces, and taxpayers deserve to be treated with more fairness. Senate Bill 5 is just one piece of a larger plan to create a jobs-friendly climate in Ohio that is essential to returning prosperity to our state.”
The Ohio House GOP is considered to be more conservative than in the Senate, so it will interesting to see whether they change the bill, or pass the bill as is. I’m sure there will be some who would like to get it to the Governor’s desk by his State of the State speech.
Kudos to Senator Shannon Jones and those others who supported the bill. We’ve taken another step in bringing Ohio back to solvency and making the state more attractive to business.
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