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State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced a legislative proposal aimed at protecting and improving Ohio’s water quality through the establishment of the Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program. Under the program, farmers would be incentivized to conserve environmentally sensitive agricultural land rather than use the property for farming or ranching.

“This legislation is an important next step in the continuing effort to maximize crop production, boost farm profit and improve the long term water quality in the state of Ohio,” said Sheehy. “The Ohio Water Quality Improvement Program will give our agricultural partners the viable option of using their land to help reduce pollutants and excessive nutrients from leaching into our streams and rivers, thus protecting our watersheds.” 

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Wed, Oct 19, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) recently announced that the Ohio Development Services Agency has opened the application process for the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, which provides direct financial assistance to train workers and improve the economic competitiveness of the state’s employers.

“I am hopeful that employers in Lucas County will take advantage of this important opportunity to grow and supplement our skilled workforce,” said Rep. Sheehy. “This program offers educational training opportunities for companies to retain and grow their existing workforce while also improving overall company competitiveness.”

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $740,000 to CIFT, Inc. of Lucas County as part of advancing the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP).

“I am pleased to see the state continue to invest in our local economy by supporting hard working Ohioans in the manufacturing industry,” said Sheehy. “This release of funds for CIFT, Inc. will help to increase the productivity and effectiveness of our regional service partner to provide for the needs of key industry sectors and small manufacturers.”

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $49,950 for the University of Toledo to contract with Design Engineers & Consulting Associates, Inc. (DECA, Inc.) of Maumee to upgrade and improve multiple electrical and HVAC mechanical systems in eight academic buildings.

“I am pleased to see the state choose Maumee’s own DECA, Inc. to carry out this project for its innovative engineering expertise and project success rate,” said Sheehy.  “Poor air quality and continued disruptions due to necessary maintenance work can negatively impact a student’s ability to learn. This project will ensure that students are educated in quality, comfortable facilities suited for 21st-century mechanics and technology.”

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Mon, Sep 12, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the recent announcement that the state of Ohio has paid the remaining $271 million of its debt to the federal government for an unemployment compensation loan.

“This move will provide great relief to employers in Ohio who have been paying higher taxes as a result of the state’s debt,” said Sheehy. “Paying off the debt earlier than originally expected is projected to save employers a net estimated $351 million, an amount that can now be used toward supporting hardworking families and expanding local businesses.” 

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Fri, Sep 2, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of over $3 million to the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio as part of the Infant Mortality Pathways HUB Model Demonstration Expansion grant program in Toledo. The program is designed to combat Toledo’s abysmal infant mortality crisis by targeting outreach programs and services to at-risk women.

“Infant mortality is still a heart wrenching reality for too many families in our community and throughout our state,” said Sheehy. “I am pleased to see the state’s continued investment in proven programs like the Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB that connects potentially at-risk women with quality resources and practices to ensure they give birth to happy, healthy babies that live to see their first birthday.”

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Thu, Jul 21, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of over $1,379,000 in state funds to Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH) for fire and elevator safety upgrades. The three-story building will receive updates to the existing fire alarm system, in part to connect the fire alarms to the hospital’s four elevators.

“There must be clear communication in an emergency situation for the safety of patient’s, their families, and the community that NOPH serves,” said Sheehy. “That is why I am happy to support NOPH in making a sound investment in fire safety maintenance and prevention.”

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Mon, Jul 11, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) 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.  

“I am pleased to see the state investing in our local community to ensure drivers and passengers remain safe while construction is underway,” said Sheehy. “These funds are vital to upgrading Lucas County’s highway system and will ensure that both workers and travelers can return home safely at the end of the day.”

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Mon, Jun 20, 2016

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $355,000 in state funds for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to help improve water quality in the Port of Toledo and the western basin of Lake Erie. The Port Authority will partner with the City of Findlay to use a new silt collector system to capture and remove sediment and associated nutrients from the Blanchard River prior to its entry into the Maumee River and ultimately, the Port of Toledo commercial shipping channel.

“I am pleased the state is supporting this effort to help clean up the western basin of Lake Erie,” said Sheehy. “For over 100 years, the Port of Toledo has contributed the economic, recreational and cultural health of our region. Efforts like this will help ensure families and businesses continue to benefit from our greatest natural resource for years to come.” 

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Mon, Jun 6, 2016

State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today applauded the signing into law of House Bill (HB) 431, legislation to designate February 17 – Annie Glenn’s birthday – as the “Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day” in honor of  Mrs. Glenn and to recognize all Ohioans who struggle with a communication disorder. 

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Tue, May 31, 2016