In a special “GCP Insight” video interview, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-21) discusses her opposition to and concerns with two bills in the Ohio Assembly that would eliminate local governments’ ability to ensure that construction projects in the region benefit the local workforce.
In Cleveland, the mandate requires that 20 percent of the workforce on large construction projects are city residents. Columbus and Akron also have local hiring laws.
The proponents of HB 180 and SB 152 say the requirement prohibits contractors from hiring the best workers, which opponents say is flawed reasoning based on the assumption that highly qualified workers don’t live in Cleveland or other major cities around the state.
A coalition, which includes the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the GCP, the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Building Construction and Trades Council and project owners, also points out that the bills would interfere with home rule—where locals make decisions on what is best for their community without intrusion from the state.
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The ”GCP Insight” video series focuses on topics of interest to the Greater Cleveland business community. This week’s interview was produced in collaboration with GCP’s Morning Conversation series, which is sponsored by PNC