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2014

GCP supporting expansion of Medicaid in Ohio

Alesha Washington, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior director of government advocacy, provides background on GCP’s support of continuing the expansion of Medicaid benefits in Ohio next year.

In this interview with "GCP Insight" host Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic and Camper, you’ll hear about the need for legislature approval to continue the expansion. Click to watch.

GCP Insight Election Analysis

In this week’s segment of the “Insight” video series, GCP Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann and government relations professional Tim Cosgrove, partner with Squire Patton Boggs, discuss the impact of the Election 2014 results at the county, state and federal levels, possible outcomes from Gov. Kasich's wide margin of victory and more.

Click to watch.

Learn more about Issue 4: How CMSD levy funds will be used

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has endorsed and is encouraging YES vote on Issue 4, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) capital levy, whose funds will help ensure that CMSD students are educated in an optimal learning environment.

The levy will generate about $200 million of revenue for construction and another $2.5 million annually for maintenance. The CMSD facilities plan calls for 22 new schools to be built.

Why we support issue 6, the Tri-C levy

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, Shana Marbury, the GCP’s general counsel and vice president, strategic initiatives and research, talks with host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper, about the importance of passing Issue 6, the Cuyahoga Community College operating levy.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has endorsed and is urging a YES vote on Issue 6. Click to watch.

YES on Issue 4: Vote for quality schools

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, Shana Marbury, GCP’s general counsel and vice president, strategic initiatives and research, talks with host Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper, about the importance of passing Issue 4, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District capital levy.

Find out how the levy --which is not a tax increase -- is connected with The Cleveland Plan to ensure that every neighborhood in the city can provide families with high-quality school choices.

Common Core learning standards set high expectations for Ohio's students

Marty McGann, GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy, provides an update on recent legislative activity related to Common Core learning standards in the latest “GCP Insight” video.

In an interview with Steve Luttner, vice president of Lesic and Camper, McGann discusses the importance of correcting misperceptions about Common Core standards, which spell out what students are expected to learn but do not dictate curriculum. Click to watch.

More action is needed to keep Highway Trust Fund solvent

Nick Gattozzi, GCP’s vice president of advocacy, discusses challenges facing the Highway Trust Fund, the depository for the federal gasoline tax, in this segment of the “GCP Insight” video series.

Gattozzi explains why the fund is facing insolvency, the temporary solution to prevent a shortfall, what needs to happen to keep the fund solvent long-term, and where GCP weighs in on this issue. Click here or the image to watch.

GCP Government Affairs Council to examine proposed regional levies

The Greater Cleveland Partnership's Government Affairs Council recently discussed the various regional levies in place in Northeast Ohio, including the sequence for levy expirations.

In the coming months, the Council will examine regional levies expected this fall and provide recommendations to the GCP Board.

New legislation supports Ohio's aerospace and aviation assets

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, Marty McGann, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s senior vice president of advocacy, discusses two pieces of legislation recently signed by Governor Kasich to support Ohio’s aerospace and aviation assets.

In an interview with Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic and Camper, McGann provides an overview of the outcomes. Click to watch.

Proposed EPA carbon regulations could undermine Ohio's manufacturing resurgence

Click here to watch the latest segment in our “GCP Insight” video series and learn how proposed EPA carbon regulations could undermine manufacturing’s resurgence in our region and state as higher costs could negatively impact the competitiveness of Ohio manufacturers.

GCP Vice President of Government Advocacy Nick Gattozzi also discusses how GCP will speak out on behalf of the business community.

Minimum wage debate continues in Washington; GCP members can voice their opinion

In response to President Obama’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, the United States Senate has begun to discuss the issue. Although it is possible that the Democrat-controlled Senate will take action on the matter after Easter break, it is unlikely that the House of Representatives, controlled by Republicans, will consider it any time soon.

GCP members are encouraged to let us know how they feel about this issue. By taking 10 minutes to participate in this survey, members can provide important insight, which will be relayed to the Government Affairs Council. Click here to watch our video.

GCP advocating to keep increased funding for NASA Glenn

In this week’s "GCP Insight" video series, Nick Gattozzi, GCP’s vice president, government advocacy, discusses the economic impact of the NASA Glenn Research Center on the region and state and how GCP will continue to advocate for optimum funding levels for the Center's space technology programs.

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Speaking out for immigration reform

GCP has joined more than 600 business organizations from around the country in signing a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers in support of immigration reform.

The letter said that the undersigned “are encouraged by the House Republican Conference’s review of “Standards for Immigration Reform.” We support Congress and the Administration moving forward on immigration reform using these Standards as the guideposts for action this year." Read more.

Community-wide campaign kicks off to "Keep Cleveland Strong"

GCP President Joe Roman was interviewed on WTAM’s “Wills & Snyder” last week where he discussed the kickoff of the community-wide campaign in support of renewing Cuyahoga County’s tax on cigarettes and alcohol “to keep Cleveland’s three major league sports venues in major league condition.” Click to listen.

Why Congress should re-authorize the surface transportation bill

In our latest “Insight” video, Greater Cleveland Partnership Vice President, Government Advocacy Nick Gattozzi discusses GCP’s efforts to build support in Congress for the Surface Transportation Re-authorization Bill with Lesic and Camper Vice President Steve Luttner.

Reauthorizing the bill is critical to both the U.S. economy and transportation infrastructure.

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GCP urges state to contribute to Cleveland's momentum

The first state capital budget containing community projects in six years is an opportunity to build upon Greater Cleveland efforts to grow and transform the local economy.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) is recommending nine capital improvement projects for state funding.  Many of those projects are waterfront initiatives, such as improving public lakefront access in Cleveland, Euclid and Lakewood.