Representative Michael Ashford - House District 44
 

11.02.17 - Ashford Rallies Behind Payday Lending Reform

 

State Representative Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) yesterday joined a rally held on the Statehouse steps by community and religious leaders, citizens and other elected officials to advocate for payday lending reform.

“Payday lending loans are predatory and cast Ohioans into a spiral of debt that is nearly impossible to climb out of,” said Ashford. “We need better regulations to protect people from being trapped by these loans’ high interest rates and hidden fees.”

 
 

10.16.17 - Ashford Announces Over $1 Million In State Funds For Northwest Ohio Projects

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of over $1 million in state funds for projects at the University of Toledo, the Northwest Ohio Developmental Center, the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital and the Toledo Correction Institution (TOCI).

 
 

09.26.17 - Ashford Announces Over $3M In State Funds For Lucas County Roadwork, Public Safety Projects

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of nearly $3 million in state funds to the Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority and Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital for public roadwork renovations and technological improvements.

“I’m pleased to see the state support projects that will improve our community’s roads and infrastructure,” said Ashford. “Not only do these projects help ensure public safety, but they will also help create hundreds of good-paying jobs, bringing opportunities to hard-working residents of Toledo and Lucas County.”

 
 

09.19.17 - Ashford Tapped To Serve On House Speaker's Energy Task Force

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced that he will serve on Energy Task Force, a new commission created by the Ohio House to examine energy issues and provide recommendations to House standing committees. After years of serving as Ranking Member on the House Public Utilities committee, Ashford brings significant experience addressing public utility and energy issues.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the legislature’s new Energy Task Force,” said Ashford. “I look forward to sharing my knowledge on public utility issues, as well as working with my colleagues to develop stronger energy policies that will push our state forward.”

 

 
 

09.12.17 - Ashford Announces $440,000 For Local Technology Program

 

State Reps. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) and Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $440,000 in state funds to the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) to advance its Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. The funding was approved by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

“In a 21st-century economy, encouraging technological development is vital to maintaining Ohio’s competitive edge in the industry,” said Ashford. “I am glad to see the state support projects that will foster innovation, create jobs and establish new opportunities for economic growth in our community.”

 
 

09.07.17 - Reps. Ashford, Sheehy Celebrate Ribbon Cutting At UT Drinking Water Research Laboratory

 

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today applauded the opening of the Drinking Water Research Laboratory at University of Toledo’s College of Engineering to better test local public water safety.

“The University of Toledo is making strides forward with the opening of the new state-of-the-art Drinking Water Research Lab,” said Ashford. “Providing quality research and offering the tools necessary for faster and more accurate water tests is extremely important in the state’s efforts to protect our communities from future algae blooms and to ensure safe public drinking water.”

 
 

07.07.17 - Ashford: Medicaid Restrictions, Taxes Among Eleven Potential Law Changes From House GOP Veto Showdown With Governor

 

Yesterday, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion would have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage.

“On Wednesday, July 5, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Statehouse to voice their support for Medicaid,” said Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo). “Although House Republicans did not push for the Medicaid freeze yesterday, they found a loophole to limit healthcare access by giving the Controlling Board the authority to restrict Medicaid expansion. These kinds of bureaucratic hurdles will make it harder for our communities to get the care they need, including more than three million low-income and disabled Ohioans.”

 
 

07.06.17 - Ashford: GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs

 

In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“This isn’t just a solution looking for a problem, but it is creating a whole new set of public safety problems by overturning Ohio laws designed to keep us safe and secure,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “This will trample private property rights of business owners and create confusion in secure locations like airports, police stations, schools and daycares. As a gun owner and strong second amendment supporter, I think Ohioans deserve to feel safe and secure, free from the fear of intimidation or tragedies this bill could create,” added Strahorn.

 
 

06.30.17 - Ashford: State's Fake Budget Built On Broken Economic Outlook, Six Years Of Few Results And Empty Job Promises

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) on Wednesday voted “no” on House Bill 49, Ohio’s biennium budget legislation. During negotiations earlier this week, Republican lawmakers pushed the budget closer to the brink with eleventh hour horse-trading over a Medicaid lockout and complex money maneuvers to make up for a $1 billion financial shortfall.

“From the time Gov. Kasich took office in 2011 to the present, Ohio’s economy has seen disastrous declines in education funding and empty promises regarding job creation.” said Ashford. “Now, Republican lawmakers want to make massive budget cuts to pay for their own mistakes. This budget is fake, fiscally irresponsible and unfairly places a heavier burden on local communities. Taking away vital services and programs will have a devastating impact on the most vulnerable Ohioans.”

 
 

06.22.17 - Ashford Honors Young Toledo Leader At Statehouse

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) this week honored recent St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy graduate Keyaunte Jones, who was named Ohio youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ohio. The lawmaker yesterday presented Keyaunte with House Resolution (HR) 149, which commends the Toledo native for his high achievements in leadership, academics and service to both the city of Toledo and the state of Ohio. 

“I’m always proud to have the opportunity to recognize Toledo’s youth for their outstanding achievements,” said Ashford. “Mr. Jones is a proven leader and is well-deserving of this high and prestigious honor. I cannot wait to see what he accomplishes in the future.” 

 
 

05.22.17 - Toledo Lawmaker Announces $2.5M In State Funds For Job Creation, Public Health

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of nearly $2.5 million in state funds to the city of Toledo and to the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital for public roadwork improvements and safety renovations, respectively. The funding was approved by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

FCA US, LLC, also known as Fiat Chrysler, received $2,400,000 for a project that includes the repaving of parts of Chrysler Drive and Expressway Drive in Toledo. The roadwork improvement project is expected to help create 679 new, full-time-equivalent jobs and retain 4,485 jobs.

“Creating and retaining good-paying jobs in Toledo has been one of my primary goals as a legislator,” said Ashford. “I am pleased that the state has invested in a project that will not only make our roads safer, but will bring new job opportunities to our community.”

 
 

05.18.17 - Ashford: Workers Forced To Pay For Boss' Mistakes In Ohio Workers' Comp Bill

 

State Rep. Mike Ashford (D-Toledo) this week voted “no” on the Republican-led charge to restrict worker’s access to healthcare and benefits through the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget bill, House Bill 27. The bill passed the House Insurance Committee and the House Finance Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday. 

GOP lawmakers undertook a significant rewrite of what is typically a noncontroversial budget bill to include benefit restrictions on firefighters with cancer, a loophole for big corporations who hire undocumented workers, and a legal nod to the state’s largest failing online charter school and GOP campaign fundraiser, ECOT. 

New restrictions also halve the amount of time workers currently have to file a claim, something Democrats say could economically destabilizes thousands of Ohio families. 

“Ohio’s first responders every day experience extreme working conditions most of us can barely imagine, but Ohio Republicans want to make it harder for firefighters to get the help they need and deserve when they get injured or sick on the job,” said Ashford. “I offered an amendment to remove Republicans’ attacks on workers and first responders, but unfortunately my proposal was rejected largely along party lines. I believe we must do more to protect those who protect us.” 

 
 

05.11.17 - Ashford: GOP Tells Firefighters With Cancer: "It's Your Fault"

 

Democratic members of the House Insurance Committee today expressed outrage regarding the latest version of the state workers’ compensation budget, House Bill 27, which adds new barriers to firefighters and their families seeking state assistance for work-related injuries, illnesses and death.

Wednesday’s proposed restrictions follow the House’s December 2016 passage of extended workers’ compensation protections for firefighters who developed cancer as a result of work conditions. The bill creates a condition in which courts presumes the firefighter didn't wear their protective gear correctly, resulting in the medical condition or cancer.  

“The original intent of HB 27 was to provide basic financial coverage for the firefighters who develop life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, chronic bronchitis and asthma that resulted from fighting fires that contain cancer-agents. The new challenges place the burden on the firefighters that they have to prove that they did in fact wear all protective equipment,” said Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo). “It’s a sad day when Republicans tell our first responders it’s okay for you to place your life on the line, but if you develop any illness while on the job, now you have to prove that you were not at fault.”

 
 

05.08.17 - Ashford Announces State Release Of Over $2.5M In Funding For UT, Regional Development

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of some $2.5 million in state funds to several projects for the University of Toledo (UT) and a local business start-up’s technology commercialization. The funding was approved today by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

The University of Toledo received $1,617,800 to upgrade seven existing buildings with the most critical need for weatherproofing, new roof replacements and façade restorations. The university also received $811,920 to improve close to one-third of North Engineering, a classroom and laboratory building on the main campus, to make it more energy efficient and cut down on energy costs.

 
 

04.27.17 - Rep. Michael Ashford Meets With University Of Toledo Student Advocates

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) this week met with University of Toledo student leaders to learn more about their personal stories and how the University of Toledo has helped prepare them for success after graduation.

“Since its inception in 1872, the University of Toledo has strived to be a leader in higher education in Ohio, and these students are a testament to what the university has to offer,” said Ashford. “I’m proud of these student advocates and I know they are in good hands at UT. I look forward to what lies next for them.”

 
 

04.10.17 - Toledo Correctional Institute Approved For $60,000 In Facility Upgrades

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $60,000 in state funds to the Toledo Correction Institution (ToCI) to obtain fire damper inspections and exhaust system cleaning from Toledo-based VC Systems, LLC. The state funding was approved today by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. 

“Since its inception, Toledo Correction Institution has been committed to not only recruiting dedicated, hardworking staff, but also preparing its inmates to return to be active members of society and possess the skills needed for today’s workforce,” said Ashford. “The state investment approved today will help ensure the continued safety of the institution’s staff and volunteers.” 

 
 

04.03.17 - House Utilities Panel Lead Dem Michael Ashford Speaks Out On GOP-led Legislation To Rollback Advanced Energy Standards

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today criticized the recent passage of House Bill (HB) 114, saying legislation that changes the state’s advanced energy standards to unenforceable “goals” will harm consumers and jeopardize thousands of manufacturing and development jobs in Ohio’s advanced energy industry and other industries that increasing want and rely on advanced energy sources. 

“HB 114 is a ‘standard of living’ and ‘quality of life’ issue,” said Ashford. “Eliminating standards will kill jobs, increase electric bills and make Ohio the first state in the nation to backtrack on a proven tool to make our communities cleaner and energy efficient.” 

 
 

03.09.17 - Ashford Pushes Bipartisan Payday Lending Reforms At Statehouse

 

State lawmakers Mike Ashford (D-Toledo) and Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) introduced legislation Wednesday to reform a payday lending market that charges the highest rates in the nation, drains money from the state’s economy and harms Ohio consumers.

The legislation has the support of a growing grassroots coalition of Ohio consumer, business, veterans and faith groups. Supporters include the Ohio Job & Family Services Directors Association, Ohio Council of Churches, Catholic Conference of Ohio, Ohio Poverty Law Center, Franklin County Veterans Service Commission, Central Ohio Fair Housing Association and Ohio CDC Association.

 
 

03.03.17 - University Of Toledo Gets State Nod For Over $800,000 Toward Campus Renovations

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of over $800,000 in state funds to the University of Toledo for a pair of renovation projects. The state funding was approved earlier this week by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. 

The university received $700,900 to upgrade and replace fiber optic cables between various building on the north side of the main campus. The existing fiber cabling is over 30 years old and in poor condition, causing hardware failures and limiting network services. 

“As information technology rapidly advances, it is critical for our universities to maintain a modern learning environment that can deliver a first-class education to Ohio’s next generation of innovators,” said Ashford “I am pleased the state is partnering with the University of Toledo to invest in technologies that will keep them competitive in the 21st century.” 

 
 

03.03.17 - Rep. Ashford: State Transportation Budget Clears Ohio House

 

In a bipartisan 83-13 vote, the Ohio House recently approved the proposed budget plans for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies. House Bill 26, the $7.8 billion transportation bill, largely funds infrastructure projects and public safety programs over the next two fiscal years. 

“The House passage of HB 26 is a good step toward resolving our critical infrastructure issues,” said Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo). “However, our work is not finished—we will need additional investment and more effort and collaboration on both sides of the aisle to meet all of Ohio’s pressing transportation needs, including the need for more robust public transit systems in our urban areas.”

 
 

02.07.17 - Rep. Ashford Announces State Support For Owens Community College Renovation Project

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $217,040 in state funds to Collaborative Inc. of Toledo to complete the facility and design master plans for the College Hall Renovation project at Owens State Community College (OSCC). The state funding was approved this week by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. 

“The innovative ideas and visions of Collaborative, Inc. have helped to provide safe, efficient learning environments for students and employees at many of Ohio’s higher education institutions,” said Ashford. “The renovation of College Hall will help Owens Community College provide modern facilities that allow students to learn the skills they need to be successful.” 

 
 

01.31.17 - Ashford Tapped To Lead Community And Family Advancement Subcommittee On Minority Affairs

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced he will serve as chairman of the Community and Family Advancement Subcommittee on Minority Affairs for the new legislative session. Ashford, elected to his fourth term in November and sworn in earlier this month, will be the only Democratic member to serve as chairman of a committee or subcommittee this General Assembly. 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue serving my constituents in the new General Assembly,” said Ashford. “As we begin the state budget deliberations here at the Statehouse, I am committed to working across the aisle to improve our roads and bridges, protect Ohioans’ access to healthcare, invest in our public education system and help ensure equal access to economic opportunity for all working Ohioans.”  

 
 

12.19.16 - Ashford Announces Over $1.6M For Toledo-area Infrastructure Upgrades

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of over $1.6 million in state funds to the University of Toledo (UT) for major upgrades to the university’s out-of-date elevator system. Rep. Ashford also today announced the release of $68,200 in state dollars to the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services for enhanced fire protection at Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH) in Lucas County. Funding for both projects was approved at today’s meeting by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

 

 
 

12.12.16 - Ashford Honors Toledo's Undefeated Boxing Hero

 

State Reps. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) recently honored Toledo native Robert Easter Jr. on his newly claimed International Boxing Federation (IBF) Lightweight Title victory. The lawmakers last week presented Easter Jr. with House Resolution (HR) 536, which commends the Toledo native for his tenacity, good sportsmanship and for representing both the city of Toledo and the state of Ohio on the international stage.

“I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to recognize a close family friend for his tremendous athletic achievement,” said Ashford. “Robert Easter Jr.’s World Class title helps put Toledo on the map of the boxing world, and he has made the entire state proud through his remarkable victory.” 

 
 

12.06.16 - Ashford: Ohio Legislature Threatens Job Growth With Energy Standard Redo

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today criticized the passage of House Bill (HB) 554, saying legislation that changes the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019 will harm consumers and jeopardize thousands of manufacturing and development jobs in Ohio’s advanced energy industry. 

“HB 554 freezes the state energy efficiency standards, stops peak demand programs, and will reduce economic development in our state,” said Ashford. “Based on utility reports, Ohio’s energy efficiency standards as established in 2007 were on track to save customers four billion in utility costs over the next decade. Approximately fifteen billion has been invested in infrastructure to provide wind and solar power to communities. The passage of HB 554 sends a negative message to investors.” 

 
 

10.31.16 - University Of Toledo Gets State Nod For Over $500,000 Toward Campus Modernization Projects

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of over $500,000 in state funds to the University of Toledo (UT) for major renovations and upgrades across campus. The state investment will allow the northwest Ohio university to upgrade its fiber network, install new water cooling towers, complete waterproofing work and renovate a health science research laboratory. Funding for the multiple projects was approved at today’s meeting by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. 

“For generations, the University of Toledo has educated the best and brightest to be leaders in the most competitive industries,” said Ashford. “These renovations will ensure the university is able continue to fulfill its mission and to provide students with a state-of-the-art learning environment that will best prepare them for success in the working world.” 

 
 

10.17.16 - Rep. Ashford: Toledo Psychiatric Hospital To Receive Over $1M For Kitchen, Electrical Upgrades

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) recently announced the release of over $1 million in state funds to the Department of Mental Health and Addition Services (MHAS) for kitchen and HVAC upgrades at Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH) in Lucas County.

 
 

09.26.16 - Rep. Ashford: Toledo Psychiatric Hospital To Receive $1.8M For Technology Upgrades

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $1,827,843 in state funds to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) for upgrades to five of the state’s mental health facilities. Among MHAS facilities selected to receive a portion of the Network Switch & Cabling Upgrade funds is the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH) in Lucas County.

 
 

08.22.16 - Rep. Ashford: University Of Toledo To Receive Over $500,000 For Facility Upgrades

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $565,516 in state funds to University of Toledo (UT) for major renovations and upgrades across main campus and some on health science campus, including elevator replacements, ADA improvements, HVAC and window replacements.   

“I am pleased to see the state’s continued investment in Toledo’s world-class higher education facility,” said Ashford. “These renovations will ensure all students are receiving their education in a comfortable, high-quality, ADA-friendly environment. I look forward to completion of these upgrades and the positive impact it will on the entire university community.”

 
 

08.09.16 - Ashford: NOPH Receives State Support For Certified Psychiatric Health Care Professionals

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) recently announced the release of $592,800 in state funds to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for a contract with LocumTenens.Com LLC to assist in hiring  mental health care professionals to provide services at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH) in Lucas County.

 
 

07.11.16 - Rep. Ashford Announces State Investment To Help UT Upgrade Outdated Energy Systems

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $1,448,700 in state dollars to University of Toledo (UT) for the Campus Energy Cost Reduction project. The second phase of the ongoing project includes installing digital controllers to new motion sensors and replacing old pneumatic thermostats with newer digital models. Together, the upgrades in energy systems will help the university reduce its energy consumption and utility costs while boosting air quality and allowing for better temperature regulation. 

 
 

06.20.16 - Lucas County To Receive A Half Million For Highway Safety On Interstate Route 75

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $529,953 in state funds to help maintain safe passage for travelers and prevent vehicle collisions during the major widening project on Interstate Route (IR) 75 in Lucas County. The funds will help pay for permanent concrete barriers along the interstate.  

“Safety has to be the number one priority during any major construction project,” said Ashford. “I am pleased that the state has invested wisely to ensure Northwest Ohioans can continue to travel safely along our major highway.”

 
 

05.25.16 - Rep. Ashford: Auto Insurance Bill Disproportionately Harms Low-income Families

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today decried the passage of House Bill (HB) 279, legislation that prohibits uninsured motorists from collecting noneconomic damages as the result of an auto accident, saying it disproportionately affects low-income and minority citizens.

 
 

05.16.16 - UT Receives State Funds To Transition University-created Technology To Market

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $100,000  in state funds to the University of Toledo (UT) for their Technology Validation and Start-up Fund project. The project provides grants to transition technology developed by UT into the marketplace. 

 
 

04.18.16 - Rep. Ashford: University Of Toledo Student Library To Undergo $2.6M Renovation

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $2,638,500 in state funds to University of Toledo (UT) for major renovations to the Carlson Library. The Academic Technology and Renovation project will make technology, infrastructure and environment upgrades to the third and fourth floors of UT’s main campus library. 

 
 

04.04.16 - Rep. Ashford: Psychiatric Hospital To Undergo Electrical Upgrades

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) recently announced the release of $45,947 in state funds for the replacement of multiple Air Handling Units at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Lucas County.

 
 

02.11.16 - Rep. Ashford: Defunding Planned Parenthood Puts Politics Over People

 

State Rep. Mike Ashford (D-Toledo) recently stood in opposition to House Bill 294 (HB 294), which passed the Ohio House during a concurrence vote yesterday along largely partisan lines. The legislation will implement restrictions that redirect public funds away from providers who perform or promote legal abortions in Ohio. The bill comes amid a national right-wing effort to defund Planned Parenthood, a move that could leave thousands of women in the Buckeye State with limited or no access to affordable preventative healthcare.

 
 

01.25.16 - Rep. Ashford: New Lights At Toledo Correctional Will Bolster Prison Security

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of over $160,000 in state funds to finance the replacement of aging exterior light fixtures at the Toledo Correctional Institution.  Local Toledo business Laibe Electric Company has been awarded the contract for the retrofit project.

 
 

01.11.16 - State Rep. Ashford Announces Over $3M For Toledo-based Business Accelerator, Psychiatric Hospital

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of state funding for projects at local business accelerator Rocket Ventures, LLC and the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH). Three million dollars of the funds released today will go to Rocket Ventures to help develop the Rocket Venture Fund II Pre-Seed Fund, which will work to accelerate the growth of early-stage Ohio technology companies.

 
 

12.14.15 - State Approves Funding For NW Ohio Psych Hospital Updates

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the state approved over $140,000 for updates and renovations at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo (NOPH). 

 
 

11.09.15 - Ashford Announces State Funds To University Of Toledo And Area Architecture Firm

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced $1,835,500 in state funds for elevator and safety improvements at the University of Toledo (UT). The Elevator Safety Repairs and Replacements project will bring elevators in two main campus buildings up to code and minimize long-term maintenance costs and safety issues.

 
 

10.07.15 - Rep. Ashford Votes In Favor Of Sweeping Charter School Reform Bill

 

The Ohio House today agreed on conference committee changes to House Bill 2 (HB 2), a bipartisan education bill aimed at increasing transparency and accountability for Ohio’s charter schools. The monthslong legislative process culminated in significant reforms that will strengthen oversight of a charter industry repeatedly plagued by fraud, scandal and failing report cards. 

 
 

10.05.15 - Ashford: Health Care Compact Could Hurt Minorities, Seniors

 

The Ohio House of Representatives last week voted to approve legislation that critics fear will dismantle Ohio’s healthcare infrastructure and negatively impact seniors, minorities, and the working poor. 

The measure, House Bill 34, enters Ohio into a Health Care Compact.  If the compact receives congressional approval to move forward, Ohio would be allowed to suspend the operation of all federal health care laws, rules, orders and regulations (i.e. Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act).  

“The successful implementation of the Health Care Compact will end Medicare and Medicaid as we know it,” said Michael Ashford (D-Toledo), who voted against the bill. “All Americans deserve the same basic level of access to healthcare services, including our seniors and minority communities. This extreme, partisan legislation will endanger the health of our state’s most vulnerable populations.” 

 
 

09.28.15 - Ashford: Maumee Company To Supply New Uniforms For Prison Officers

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced that a Lucas County company has been selected to provide new, specialized uniforms for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The state contract, not to exceed $58,000, was awarded to Maumee-based Superior Industrial Supply & Services. 

 
 

08.31.15 - Rep. Ashford Announces State Funds For Job Training, Air National Guard Operations In Northwest Ohio

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced over $1 million in state funds to purchase equipment for a new job training center at the University of Toledo (UT). The space will use existing campus facilities to house the Northwest Ohio Plastics Training Center, which will provide hands-on training and educational opportunities to workers pursuing careers in advanced manufacturing.

 
 

08.05.15 - Ashford Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act

 

Democratic legislators in both the House and Senate today announced resolutions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act. Passed in 1965 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act was a historic piece of civil rights legislation that guaranteed all Americans – regardless of race – the constitutional right to vote without unfair barriers. The honorary resolutions will be introduced by Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) in the House and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) in the Senate. 

Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: 

“While we have made significate progress in securing the right to vote for all Americans, this country still faces challenges in the voting process. We have to continue to fight to ensure that every American has the right to vote.”  

 
 

08.03.15 - Rep. Ashford: University Of Toledo Tech-share Program Receives $50,000 State Investment

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced $50,000 in state funds for the University of Toledo (UT) Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund. The program partners UT with local business start-ups to develop technology for commercial use. 

 
 

07.20.15 - University Of Toledo To Make Electrical Upgrades With State Assistance

 

State Representative Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) announced today that the state has released over $1 million in funding to the University of Toledo for the Building Automation System Upgrades project. The university will replace 20-year-old failing electrical equipment panels that control the building’s heating, cooling and lighting. The State Controlling Board released $1,448,600 for the project in total. 

 
 

10.10.14 - Rep. Ashford, Regional Lawmakers Urge JobsOhio To Consider Advanced Manufacturing Needs, Preserve Jeep Production

 

Today, Toledo-area State Reps. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon), Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Mike Ashford (D-Toledo) called on the state’s economic development agency, JobsOhio, to meet the demands of the growing advanced manufacturing industry by considering facility upgrades necessary to accommodate the potential Wrangler design change suggested last week by Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne.

 
 

08.08.14 - Rep. Ashford, Lake Erie Democrats Urge Immediate State Action To Restore Health Of Great Lake, Safety Of Water

 

Today, Ohio House Democrats from along the Lake Erie shoreline discussed a series of policy proposals to stop the region’s toxic algal blooms and to prevent future public health emergencies, like last weekend’s Toledo water crisis. 

 
 

07.01.14 - Rep. Ashford: Tax Hikes, Funding Cuts From Last Year's Budget Taking Hold

 

On Tuesday, House Democratic Whip and State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo)  marked the start of the state’s new fiscal year and the one-year anniversary of the largest General Revenue Fund budget in state history. Gov. Kasich signed the last state budget bill on June 30, 2013. At the time, House Democrats stood in opposition to the budget, saying the toxic mix of tax hikes on working and middle class Ohioans and funding cuts to schools and communities would not create the economic opportunity Kasich and his Republican colleagues promised. 

 
 

03.31.14 - Rep. Ashford Remembers SB 5, Remains Vigilant Of Policies That Hurt Working Ohioans

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) reflected on the GOP-led passage of Senate Bill 5 today, marking the three year anniversary of Gov. Kasich signing the bill into law. The law ended the rights of Ohio employees-- educators, firefighters, police officers, prison guards, school employees, healthcare professionals and others—to collectively bargain for fair wages and safe work conditions. Ultimately, SB 5 was overwhelmingly overturned by a citizen-led repeal.

 
 

01.28.14 - Rep. Ashford Announces Over $2M For Local Public & Private Projects

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) announced on Monday that the state has released over $2M to the University of Toledo and Let’s Play School Family Child Care, LLC, a minority-owned local business.

 
 

12.12.13 - Rep. Ashford: SB 200, Another Obstacle Between Voters & The Ballot

 

On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 200, legislation that modifies the Ohio voter registration process, one of twenty voter suppression bills introduced by the Ohio GOP this year.

 
 

11.07.13 - Rep. Ashford Criticizes Rushed GOP Bill To Limit Ballot Access

 

Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) released the following statement on Wednesday in response to Senate Bill 193, legislation that would make it more difficult for third party candidates to qualify for the 2014 ballot. The legislation has become known by many as the John Kasich Re-election Protection Act, as it seems to be an attempt to disqualify Libertarian candidate Charlie Earl from the 2014 gubernatorial race.

 
 

10.25.13 - Lawmakers Call On Kasich To Restore Access To SNAP Benefits For Hungry Ohioans

 

State Reps. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) sent a letter to Gov. John Kasich on Thursday requesting that he immediately rescind the decision to unfairly alter requirements for individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Gov. Kasich recently extended the SNAP federal waiver to only 16 Appalachian counties, disproportionately affecting Ohio’s urban areas and other rural counties around the state. The federal waiver was preapproved for all 88 Ohio counties. 

 
 

06.12.13 - Rep. Ashford Supports Bill To Establish Rape Crisis Center Funding

 

The Ohio House unanimously approved Substitute House Bill 108 today, legislation to provide first-time funding to some 27 rape crisis programs throughout the state by appropriating $2 million from the General Revenue Fund. HB 108 also establishes a Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund administered by the Attorney General and funded through registration fees of sex offenders, new fines for sexually oriented offenses and donations.

“This legislation is past due,” said Rep. Ashford. “Although I would have liked to see more funding dedicated to these meaningful programs and services for victims of sexual assault, I think this is a step in the right direction. I am hopeful that this won’t be the last you hear from the Ohio House on adequate funding for rape crisis programs.”