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Key Issue 1: Job creation and retention in Ohio, which requires legislation designed to promote business certainty and regularity.
State government should continually seek to employ private sector best practices, where appropriate, to spur economic growth; to enact legislation to eliminate unnecessary regulations which stifle business growth; and to simplify our system of taxation on business.
Key Issue 2: Workforce development. Our skilled technical workforce is retiring at a rate faster than students are graduating with the needed manufacturing skills to replace them.
There must be a stronger connection between the education being offered and the job market. Second, there must be a shift in attitudes towards technical training versus a four-year degree.
Key Issue 3: Given the instability of the ACA and the changing role of the federal-state Medicaid program in Ohio, I believe that alternative approaches that emphasize meaningful paths to employment will yield better long-term outcomes for all Ohioans.
What do you see as the top priority for your district and what do you hope to accomplish regarding it?
Reducing the drug-addicted population and opioid-related deaths is the number one issue in my District. The solution is complex but requires, first, a shift in attitudes to an understanding that addiction is a disease that cannot be conquered by incarceration, and that the State must provide funding for education and community-based, professional rehabilitation services. I am proud of the work our State Legislature has done to date on these issues but more education-based work must be done.
Ohio just surpassed 3,000 overdose deaths in a year. What should lawmakers do to mitigate the state’s drug problem?
See above.
Do you agree with Ohio’s plan to legalize medical marijuana? Why or why not?
I was proud to support legislation to legalize medical marijuana. Compelling testimony was given in the legislative process that convinced me that this is a viable remedy to specific physical conditions, and the recently- enacted law is narrowly construed to provide guardrails against abuse.
Should Ohio require police officers to wear body cameras? Why or why not?
I am not sure. As your State Representative,
I want to study this issue and to hear proposals and testimony about how the use of body cameras can strike a fair balance between transparency and safety. Concerns revolve around developing policies for when the cameras should be turned on and when they should be turned off, and access to the camera footage.
Should Ohio impose a higher tax on the oil and gas practice called fracking? Why or why not?
No. It is hard to justify the imposition of a disparate tax on fracked oil and gas versus conventionally produced oil and gas.