Smith Stands With Ohio Workers, Speaks Out Against GOP Anti-worker Bills
Voices solidarity with Columbus Working People's Day of Action on Feb. 24
February 23, 2018
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State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today issued a statement in support of the Working People’s Day of Action planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio march comes on the heels of the introduction of six Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments to implement so-called “right to work” legislation and other workplace restrictions in the Buckeye State. 

“Since 2003, Ohio’s median household income has been below the national average.  Since 2005, Ohio’s poverty rate has been higher than the national average.  The last thing we need in the Buckeye state in 2018 is another policy that will drive wages down and drive poverty up.  Right to Work is wrong because it would do just that while increasing workplace injuries and fatalities. Right to Work is wrong for Ohio workers, Ohio families and Ohio's middle class," said Smith.

Thousands of people will gather in cities across the nation Saturday at similar rallies to make a stand against anti-worker restrictions ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Feb. 26 hearing of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 – a case that could put right to work restrictions in place for public sector workers across the nation.

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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.”

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