Manning: State efforts rescuing jobs
By Becky Brooks
State Senator Gayle Manning (R-13th District) recapped the first years of activity after Gov. John Kasich took office during the annual Bellevue Development Corporation luncheon on Thursday.
“The first thing we did was vote on JobsOhio,” she told the nearly 50 people attending the event at the Meilenstein Hall, 600 Southwest St. Her district includes Huron County.
Manning added that Lt. Governor Mary Taylor then became involved with the Common Sense Initiative to eliminate excessive or duplicative rules.
Manning said she was requested to aid a business in her district in removing old regulations that were causing an employer to consider moving to another state.
Taylor received a call from the Mayor of Avon, a city in Manning’s district, and she contacted Manning.
The State Senator said that a food business that produced sauces needed to use a Chadonne wine in a sauce. They were hindered by a 1935 Ohio law that required the business to purchase the wine by the bottle, and it needed 128 gallons of the wine to make its sauce.
“They were going to pull out of Avon,” Manning said. She said the proper leaders met with her and within two hours they figured out how to correct the problem for the business.
Manning said legislators have heard from other companies which also have encountered regulations that are hampering their operations as well.
“If you contact your legislator, you can get things done,” she stressed. “We can take away a lot of regulations.”
Manning added that the state is encouraging county and local governments to consolidate services and conduct operations more efficiently by working together.
The state senator said May was a good month of Ohio, which reported the creation of 20,000 new jobs and being second in the nation for job creation that month. In 2011, she said Ohio rated fourth in job creation.
“Huron County is one of the ones with the highest unemployment rate,” she still admitted. Manning said there is a common concern that there are jobs available, but companies cannot find the qualified workers.
She pointed out that three issues are hindering companies: Finding people who test clean for alcohol and drug use; finding those who will work the needed hours and weekends; and getting people to work instead of being paid unemployment to sit at home.