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Why I support investment in our brave men and women

By State Rep. Chris Redfern
July 29, 2014
Democratic Newsroom

Yesterday, I voted  to release $118,868 in state funding for upgrades to an outdated electrical system at the Ohio Veteran’s Home in Sandusky.

Old T8 lamps will now be replaced with energy efficient alternatives, saving the Veteran’s Home an estimated $61,813 per year.

The savings realized from the energy efficient lighting will create a payback on state investment in less than two years. Ohio-based LED Solutions was one of two lowest-bidders with the most potential for cost savings.

Any cost savings we can create for the Veteran’s Home means more resources can be dedicated to caring for the brave men and women who were selfless enough to serve our country. I’m proud of the work the home does for our veterans and our community.

Any investment in our state's veterans is a smart one.

Rep. Redfern serves as one of seven members on the State Controlling Board—a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. In October, Rep. Redfern cast the deciding vote in favor of expanding Medicaid low-income and disabled Ohioans, including some 52,000 veterans.