Budget Still Being Debated

The Ohio House of Representatives completed the second leg of the budget process last month with passage of House Bill 49, the state's biennial budget. It is now the Senate's turn to deliberate and put its stamp on the budget. Check out our All for Ohio Blog for more details on its status.

Including the budget, our legislative affairs team members are actively working on a variety of other bills at the Ohio Statehouse that will impact your business. Check them out here .

2017 Chamber Action Alliance Champions-Lima Allen County & Medina Area Chambers
Last month, at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, the Lima/Allen County Chamber & the Greater Medina Chamber were awarded the 2017 Best Advocacy Campaign & Leadership in Grassroots Advocacy Awards, respectively.
The Chamber Action Alliance (CAA) is the statewide grassroots advocacy coalition of Ohio chambers of commerce coordinated by the Ohio Chamber. The CAA determines statewide policy issues facing the business community, educates and empowers pro-businesses advocates to take action, and champions a business-friendly climate throughout the state of Ohio.
Every year the CAA selects two local chambers that exemplify the purpose of the CAA to recognize a local chamber's hard work and service to local and statewide communities.
Ohio Chamber Board of Directors Opposes Rx Ballot Issue
On May 2, our board of directors voted to oppose the prescription drug purchasing ballot issue that will be on November's ballot. The proposed law would impose unworkable contracting requirements on the state of Ohio whenever it purchases any prescription drugs. The proposal would almost certainly lead to cost-shifting to private payers, including employers, perversely resulting in a majority of Ohioans paying more, not less, for their prescription drugs. Read the press release here .

Rich Thompson
Director, Political Programs