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State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) recently introduced legislation aimed at increasing on-the-job training opportunities for Ohioans pursuing a career in truck driving. 

House Bill 155 would provide tax credits to trucking companies that offer training programs for individuals interested in starting a career in the industry. Employers would be eligible for up to a 50 percent match of up to $50,000 in annual tax credits, and the total annual statewide tax credit would be limited to $3,000,000 per year. Facilitated through the Ohio Development Services Agency, the program provides an opportunity for companies to have the necessary resources to train new employees, fill in-demand jobs, and address the country’s severe and growing shortage of qualified drivers. 

“House Bill 155 provides business owners with an incentive to provide real job training opportunities that will connect Ohioans who are unemployed or underemployed to real jobs today,” said Howse. “This investment from the state of Ohio will be another step to help families break the cycle of poverty.”

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Tue, Mar 28, 2017

In an 83-13 vote, the Ohio House today 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. 

“Our current transportation budget falls short of meeting the real transportation needs of all Ohioans,” said Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “In the 2015 Ohio Statewide Transit Needs Study, the Ohio Department of Transportation identified a need of $120 million for transit, but the current budget allocates only $33 million in federal funds. Ohio must be willing to make fair and equitable investments in transit and public infrastructure to meet the growing needs of our state, so that our roads are safe, our children can get to school and hard working men and women can travel to and from their jobs to provide for themselves and their families.”

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Wed, Mar 1, 2017

State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 83, legislation to designate the local boulevard known as Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland as the “Carl and Louis Stokes Opportunity Corridor.” 

“The Stokes brothers made significant contributions to our state and nation through their dedicated careers in public service, and their lasting legacy still inspires younger generations even today,” said Howse. “I am proud to be a joint sponsor of legislation naming the Carl and Louis Stokes Opportunity Corridor. Together, we can help ensure Louis and Carl Stokes continue to receive the recognition they so rightfully deserve.”

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Tue, Feb 28, 2017

State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) hold a news conference in the Harding Senate Press Room to discuss legislation that would make Ohio a sanctuary state.

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Tue, Feb 7, 2017

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives this week as state representative for the 11th House District. Howse, elected to her second House term in November, represents the citizens of Garfield Heights, Newburgh Heights and parts of Cleveland. 

“I feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to continue serving my constituents in this new General Assembly,” said Howse. “From the heroin crisis to justice reform, I am ready to work in a bipartisan manner to tackle the challenges facing our communities and our state.”  

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Wed, Jan 4, 2017

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of $18,799,086 in state funding to JumpStart Inc. in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, to expand the Ohio Third Frontier Entrepreneurial Services Program (ESP). The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting.

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Mon, Dec 5, 2016

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) call for a unified response to evidence of elevated lead levels in the water at multiple Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) buildings:

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Mon, Nov 28, 2016

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of just over $80,433 to the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) for a contract with the Art Therapy Studio in Cuyahoga County to facilitate art therapy programs at two local juvenile correctional facilities (JCFs). The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting.

“Our incarcerated youth are faced with some of the most difficult times of their lives during crucial development years,” said Howse. “The services provided by the Art Therapy Studio will help ensure that our youth are not simply serving time, but are being rehabilitated and receiving treatment. We all benefit when the state works with local organizations to strengthen our communities by helping rebuild families.”

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Mon, Oct 31, 2016
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Democratic lawmakers and members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus today applauded The City of Cleveland’s decision to sue the state to challenge Republican-led legislation that prevents local communities from setting hiring standards on publicly financed projects – a possible violation of Ohio’s “home rule” guarantee in the state constitution.

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Tue, Aug 23, 2016

StateRep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) was recently presented with the National Institute for Civil Discourse Award for Civility in State Governance yesterday evening at the National Conference of State Legislators 2016 Legislative Summit. Ted Celeste, Director of State Programs at the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), presented Rep. Howse with the award in recognition of her commitment to working in a civil, productive manner for the good of her constituents.

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Wed, Aug 10, 2016