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Blog Series: Changing of the Guard - Ohio

Chaaron Pearson on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

The 2010 election that swept the GOP into the majority in the U.S. House also brought about big changes in governor’s mansions and state legislatures.  Over the coming weeks, ACCE’s Policy Clearinghouse Blog will highlight some of the states that had significant change in political power after the 2010 elections.  We’ll talk with chambers to find out what opportunities and challenges they anticipate with the new state administrations.  Our second installment features Ohio.

Ohio also saw big electoral changes in 2010.  Democrats lost control of the Governorship and both houses of the legislature.  New governor John Kasich has ambitious plans for the Buckeye State to make it more efficient and effective.  I was able to get the thoughts from our chamber friends in Dayton to see how they feel about the election results and what lies ahead for their policy agendas.

Chris Kershner, Vice President of Public Policy and Economic Development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is optimistic about Governor Kasich.  The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has been working closely with Kasich’s office during the campaign and will continue to as work begins on addressing a project $8 billion state budget deficit.  Kershner says that the Ohio Senate and Ohio House have great leadership at the helm.  They are currently focusing on budget relief as well and they are working with Ohio business leaders to achieve that relief.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the other 7 major metro chambers of commerce (Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Youngstown/Warren) and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to offer a series of budget recommendations, titled Redesigning Ohio, to Governor Kasich.  If implemented, these recommendations would save the state $1.4 billion and would help restructure Ohio’s budgeting inefficiencies so that they would not end-up in another fiscal crisis in the future.  Governor Kasich and the State Legislature have been receptive to their recommendations and they look forward to working with them.  Here is the link: Redesigning Ohio.

Additionally, Kershner says that the business community is pleased to see Jon Husted (former staff at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce) recently elected as Ohio Secretary of State.  Secretary Husted has been a champion of economic development in Ohio and they look forward to him bringing that passion to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

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