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State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard), state Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) & state Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) celebrated the successful rezoning of the 290 acre site where TJX Homegoods plans to build their new distribution center. Lordstown held a referendum vote on the issue on Tuesday after those opposed to the project secured the requisite number of signatures to get it on the ballot. With a majority of voters voting in favor of rezoning, TJX will be able to begin construction on time.    

“This project is a perfect example of the private and public sector working together to achieve very positive employment results,” said Rep. O’Brien (D-Warren). “I’m proud to say the residents of Mahoning Valley will be the recipients of this excellent collaboration.”

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Wed, Aug 22, 2018

State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today announced Ohio’s back-to-school sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 3-5, as a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 226. The annual event helps lessen the sting of the 4.5 percent statewide sales tax hike passed by Republican lawmakers in the 2013 state budget. The hike has cost taxpayers almost $2 billion more since then, according to state revenue numbers.

“This program is a great cost saving measure for parents and caregivers in Trumbull County, providing a much needed opportunity to save on important school supplies that are vital to their children’s education,” said O’Brien.

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Tue, Jul 31, 2018

Regional lawmakers state Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Glenn Holmes (D-Girard), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Michael O’Brien (D-Warren), Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Sen. Sean O’Brien (D- Bazetta) today sent a letter* to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors Company (GM), expressing disappointment and concern in light of the recent layoffs of second shift employees at its Lordstown Assembly plant.

“The Valley wants to continue to support GM. As this great American company evolves to meet the demands of the future, the workers at Lordstown want to evolve with the company they have devoted themselves to,” wrote the lawmakers. “There is a will to double down and train the current workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. Our workers and our communities want to continue to be a partner in a mutually beneficial relationship with GM.”

The second shift cut comes after the company cut the plant’s third shift in January 2017. In addition to the elimination of the two shifts, hundreds of workers across the supply chain have been laid off. A total of 2,700 well-paying jobs have been lost. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has been an outspoken advocate for Ohio GM jobs, calling on the company to invest in Ohio and to invest in Lordstown.

“We have people in our districts who want to go back to work and continue making a living for their families with pride and dignity. We hope GM will continue to invest in the Mahoning Valley, just as our state and our communities have invested in your company,” the lawmakers continued. “We urge you to reconsider your decision to reduce opportunities in Lordstown and throughout Ohio and instead utilize the current Lordstown location and collaborate with our creative and committed Valley workers to create a vision for the GM of tomorrow.”

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Mon, Jul 2, 2018

Regional lawmakers State Reps. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today supported legislation they believe will positively impact the Mahoning Valley Townships. The two bills, House Bills (HB) 211 and 500, passed the House, with HB 211 requiring licensure for home inspectors and HB 500 making changes to township laws in Ohio.

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Wed, Jun 27, 2018

State Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) today issued the following statement after supporting language in House Bill 292 to potentially fast track development of a 1.2 million square foot TJX Homegoods facility in Lordstown, a project that is expected to create 1,000 jobs within several years:

“Today’s vote brings us one step closer to helping create 1000 new jobs in our region. I am thankful to everyone who has worked so hard to bring this needed economic development to our community. I look forward to the positive impact that these new jobs will have on our region’s families and communities, and will continue to work in every way possible at the state level to ensure we remain competitive in meeting the needs of our area’s businesses and workers.”

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Thu, Jun 7, 2018

State Reps. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 123, a bill that would reform Ohio’s payday lending industry by adding commonsense consumer protections for the thousands of Ohioans who take out short-term loans each day.

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Thu, Jun 7, 2018

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today are calling for action as the People’s work in the legislature has come to a grinding halt. 

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Wed, May 23, 2018

State Reps. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) and Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 578, which would reallocate to local governments nearly 40 percent of fees paid by outside companies to store fracking wastewater in Ohio injection wells. 

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Thu, Apr 5, 2018

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Mike O’Brien (D-Warren), Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the state’s biennial capital budget bill. HB 529 makes a $2.6 billion investment in Ohio communities with over $600 million for K-12 schools and $480 million for universities, $350 million for local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission and $147 million for local community projects. 

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Wed, Mar 7, 2018

Ohio House Democratic lawmakers this evening responded to Gov. Kasich’s annual State of the State address in Westerville, Ohio. Though the governor touted a comeback for the Buckeye State, House Democrats noted that Ohioans disproportionately face lower quality-of-life standards than the rest of the nation. 

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Tue, Mar 6, 2018