Rep. Kent Smith Issues Statement On Obama Administration's Proposed Clean Power Plan
Plan highlights fight against climate change, increase in renewable energy
August 03, 2015
 
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President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today unveiled new standards limiting carbon emissions from power plants, a move the administration says will combat climate change, reduce energy bills for families, improve public health and create jobs in renewable energy industries. The administration released an Ohio fact sheet today in preparation for the new standards.


Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) released the following statement in reaction to the historic plan:


"Ohio can advance energy freedom for our nation while boosting a job sector that will have guaranteed employment growth for major industry leaders like Lincoln Electric in Euclid.  The Clean Power Plan will also result in fewer health risks for Ohio seniors and children.  Ohio should not waste this opportunity."


The Lincoln Wind Farm has reduced Lincoln Electric’s carbon footprint with the installation of the largest urban wind tower in North America.  This investment provides approximately 10% of the electricity required to operate the world’s largest welding equipment manufacturing facility.


 

 
 
 
  
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Cleveland-area Lawmakers Say Ohio Could "amp Up" Economic Growth Through Music Industry

 

State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Sarah LaTourette (R-Bainbridge) today announced a bi-partisan effort to create jobs and drive economic growth by making Ohio a destination for the recording industry. The Ohio Sound Recording Investor Tax Credit, also known as OhioSounds, will work to attract more of the almost $7 billion in annual music industry revenue to the state. 

“Ohio is the birthplace of legendary musicians, unforgettable songs and ‘Rock N’ Roll’,” said Rep. Smith. “OhioSounds honors our proud legacy and works to cultivate a winning model moving forward. Ohio can become a destination for musicians, producers and industry leaders who will create jobs and strengthen our local economies. The OhioSounds tax credit will solidify our commitment to Ohio’s musical heritage and create new music that will provide the soundtrack to our lives.”

“Much like the Ohio film tax credit, this legislation seeks to incentivize investment in Ohio and create jobs in a dynamic industry,” Representative LaTourette stated. “Northeast Ohio has seen quite an investment in response to the film tax credit, with major motion pictures filmed on the streets of Cleveland and throughout our region. Given our history as the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll, it just makes sense to extend that incentive to the music industry and embrace our heritage as musical innovators.”