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Congress recently adjourned for the year. In one of its final acts, the Senate passed legislative provisions widely known as the Water Resources Development Act of 2016—a bill strongly supported by the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition.
President Obama signed the legislation this past Friday.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership was a co-founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, a group of about 40 chambers from across the Midwest that jointly lobby Congress on key priority areas, including transportation infrastructure, border crossings, and water.
The Coalition worked with members from across the Great Lakes states to support provisions related to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund allocation to the Great Lakes Navigation System and reauthorization of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Read more.
In the waning days and hours of a lame-duck session, the Ohio General Assembly took action on two crucial Greater Cleveland Partnership priority issues, but work remains.
Legislation passed that includes provisions aimed at prohibiting Cleveland and other political subdivisions from establishing minimum wage rates that are different from the rate required by state law.
Separately, it is clear that Ohio’s current unemployment system must be re-structured for it to be viable in future generations. Earlier this year, the GCP supported and helped secure legislation that allowed the state to pay federal debt a year ahead of schedule, saving Ohio job creators millions of dollars in 2017.
However, reforms still need to be implemented that allow the unemployment fund to achieve a path toward solvency. Read more.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) recently provided testimony on SB 333, the water quality mid-biennium review bill currently moving through the legislature.
The bill continues efforts by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen policies and regulations that will protect the quality of Lake Erie and other key water channels throughout the state, including strengthening requirements for disposal and safe use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels and connected maritime port facilities.
The GCP long has been an advocate of preserving and enhancing the quality of the Great Lakes. In addition to being a founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition the GCP works closely with the Ohio EPA and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, who also favor SB 333 to support timely and consistent dredging along the Cuyahoga River. Read more.