Jobs for Ohioans
My top priority in Congress is job creation, as well as sponsoring policies that strengthen our economy. Too many of our friends and family are out of work; it’s time we focus on getting our economy back on track. I’ve sponsored 4 jobs bills, including the National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2011, which would provide a path to work for thousands of Ohioans, as well as repair deficient bridges and infrastructure in our communities.
I hosted a Job Fair in August, which brought together over 120 employers, from both the public and private sectors, looking to hire. About 700 residents in our community secured employment because of this event. I’m ready to see more progress on jobs, and I’m sure you are too. We need to rebuild our economy based on balance, fairness, and the same set of rules for everyone from Wall Street to Main Street. We can create the jobs of the future by helping small business entrepreneurs, investing in education, and focusing on fixing our schools and bridges, as well as supporting innovation. And we must build the workforce of the future.
1. H.R.3259 : National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2011 establishes an independent National Infrastructure Bank to: (1) designate qualified transit, public housing, water, highway, bridge, aviation, freight, passenger rail, or road infrastructure projects for loans, loan guarantees, and other financial assistance; and (2) issue general purpose and project-based infrastructure bonds exempt from state and local taxation.
2. H.R.2539, The National Youth Summer Jobs Act, which would provide funding to cities hardest hit by the economic crisis to develop and sustain summer job programs for youth ages 13-21. The President’s American Jobs Act also proposes $1.5 billion in funding to support summer job programs for low-income youth.
3. H.R.2742, The Hire, Train, Retain Act would offer payroll tax exemptions to employers who train and hire unemployed Americans, getting people into training programs and on a path to employment.
4. H.R.2869, The School Athletic Facilities Restoration Act of 2011 authorizes the allocation of grants to local educational agencies for the construction, renovation, or repair of school facilities used for physical education. The funds will facilitate construction hiring, while improving safe places for our children to exercise and play.