Guest Column From State Representative Marlene Anielski
Ohio 2020 offers long term solutions for state

As your state representative, it is my priority to ensure that our community and the state of Ohio are able to be successful in the long-term. Under the leadership of House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, the caucus has laid out a long-term vision for Ohio, called Ohio 2020, which focuses on four key policy areas: competitiveness, energy, education, and healthcare.

Competiveness refers to a wide variety of policy areas that will focus on improving Ohioans quality of life and making our state more competitive, nationally and globally. In short, we need to continue to create an environment that is conducive to economic development, in order to attract businesses and jobs to our community and state. One way that Ohio 2020 will seek to make our state more business friendly is by reducing the new business filing fee by 21 percent. This reduction represents a first step in encouraging entrepreneurship. We are also working to enhance the functionality of the OhioMeansJobs website, which connects employers with those looking for a job.

A key to making Ohio more competitive is making sure that our workforce has the education and skillset that employers require. The Higher Education Workforce Grant Program is designed to incentivize students to pursue degrees and/or certificates of education that match the in-demand jobs of Ohio. This program will help students and employers by supporting workforce development. 

It will be a focus of Ohio 2020 to continue to establish Ohio as an energy-producing state. Our focus will center on ensuring that Ohioans have access to reliable, affordable, and safe energy. We will also work to maintain our natural resources. The House Agriculture Committee will continue to work with interested parties to reduce nutrient runoff, which contributes to poor water quality.

The education component of Ohio 2020 will center on ensuring that Ohioans have the highest quality of choices in educational options. Providing our children with quality education is vital to the future success of our state. I will work with my colleagues to encourage innovation in classrooms so that students are able to learn and grow. House Bill 2 seeks to improve the accountability and oversight of charter schools by clarifying the roles and responsibilities of sponsors, schools, and management organizations.

The final piece of the Ohio 2020 vision addresses healthcare policy issues. Ohio 2020 will focus on ensuring that Ohioans have access to the health care they need, that they receive the highest quality care for what they pay, and to ensure that Ohioans understand the costs associated with care. Additionally, we intend to focus on policy that will help move people off of public support so that we can begin to drive down healthcare costs in Ohio.

Developing a long term plan for our state will help to keep the most important issues in focus. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft policy that will help Ohio succeed now and in the future. As always, I encourage my constituents to contact me to share their thoughts and ideas about improving our state and community.

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