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GCP Supports SB 220 Cybersecurity

Members of the GCP have increasingly identified cybersecurity as an emerging issue and significant challenge.  On January 10, Tim Opsitnick (executive vice president & general counsel at Technology Concepts & Design, Inc.) presented verbal testimony, on behalf of the GCP, in support of Senate Bill 220 (SB 220)

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GCP Year in Review and Look Ahead

The Greater Cleveland Partnership provides a unified voice for the Northeast Ohio business community and our policy priorities are driven directly by our members. 

In 2017, a $1.5 trillion federal tax reform package was signed into law and the 132nd Ohio General Assembly introduced more than 700 pieces of legislation. In addition, numerous local initiatives were debated, including several crucial ballot measures that allowed the voters to help determine what the regional landscape will look like in the future.

Learn how the GCP Advocacy Team has helped member organizations in 2017 and the what is on the horizon for 2018.

GCP Support of State Capital Bill Projects

GCP is recommending that the Ohio Legislature include financing for 14 high-impact projects in the state’s 2017-18 capital bill. 

Places with Impact will continue GCP’s development efforts to improve access to Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River, downtown development, and transformational neighborhood projects. It will also include support for multi-modal connectivity.

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GCP Joins Coalition Committed to Non-Discrimination

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s board leadership has voted for the organization to become a member of Ohio Business Competes, a non-partisan coalition of businesses committed to achieving non-discrimination policies to add protections in housing and employment for the LGBTQ community statewide.

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Tax Reform Legislation Approved


Following a standoff on the Senate floor Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate approved tax reform legislation early Saturday morning.  

The Senate tax legislation passed despite various concerns over the future impact on the nation’s debt and that the proposal may not provide enough benefits for certain types of businesses and individuals.

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Cleveland Council Passes Petition Transparency Proposal

GCP members have expressed concerns over parts of the process in place for petitioners to place an issue on the local ballot. After all, even well-intended ballot issue proposals and campaigns can severely limit the way businesses can strengthen and grow. 

To help shine more transparency on Cleveland ballot issues that are brought forward, City Council introduced and passed a proposal last week that would make it mandatory for circulators of petitions to file an itemized statement that provides more information on that individual’s petition circulation experience.

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Tax Reform in the Spotlight

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a plan to overhaul the tax code.  Relatively shortly thereafter, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved a separate tax plan - on a party-line vote of 14-12 - sending their measure to the full Senate. 

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GCP Takes Position on Ballot Issues

GCP recommends support for the Port of Cleveland and Tri-C,
opposes questionable drug pricing measure

Vote YES on Issue 59, Port of Cleveland
The renewal of the Port of Cleveland’s operating levy will cost a homeowner a mere $3.50 annually for every $100,000 of home value, making it one of the smallest tax levies in Cuyahoga County.

Vote YES on Issue 61, Tri-C 
GCP supports a capital bond issue that would annually cost $17.50 for every $100,000 of home value; the funding will support new Tri-C facilities and upgrades across all campuses.

Vote NO on Issue 2, Deceptive Drug Pricing
GCP opposes a statewide ballot proposal that would change how the state of Ohio purchases prescription drugs. 
The proposed initiated statute, Issue 2, would attempt to prohibit the state from purchasing a prescription drug unless the net cost of the drug is equal to or less than the lowest price paid for the drug by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Events

Healthy Growth Checkup: Uncover Savings and Opportunities for Your Business to Grow

Join the accounting experts from Apple Growth Partners for our first Healthy Growth Checkup© workshop! Our signature Healthy Growth Checkup© is a comprehensive instrument utilized by all AGP professionals to evaluate each area of your operation and uncover savings and opportunities for your business to grow. 

Third Annual Cleveland Internship Summit

We invite you to be part of the discussions between business community representatives and educators about how to increase and improve internship opportunities in Northeast Ohio.

Please mark your calendars for the 2018 Cleveland Internship Summit on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Corporate College East.

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