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Why GCP is opposing two Ohio legislature bills that interfere with home rule

In this week’s “GCP Insight” interview, Brian Hall, executive director of the Commission on Economic Inclusion, discusses why a Cleveland public–private partnership is opposing two bills in the Ohio legislature that would eliminate local governments’ ability to ensure that construction projects in the region benefit the local workforce.

The coalition includes the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the GCP, the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council and the Construction Employers Association.

In Cleveland, the mandate requires that 20 percent of the workforce on large construction projects are city residents. The proponents of HB 180 and SB 152 say the requirement prohibits contractors from hiring the best workers. Hall says this reasoning assumes that highly qualified workers don’t live in Cleveland or in other major cities around the state.

"GCP Insight" is hosted by Steve Luttner, vice president, Lesic and Camper. Click to watch.