State of Ohio Archives: on Environment

Jim Renacci: Reduce Washington's adversarial red tape on farms

Agriculture is the backbone of our state's economy and one of the most important economic drivers in the 16th District, which is home to more than 5,000 farms.

The agriculture industry is facing numerous overly burdensome regulations that are threatening our farmers' ability to remain competitive and productive in the 21st century. I consistently hear from farmers in my district about the need to reduce Washington's red tape, bring down the cost of fuel, and keep taxes low.

I recognize that farmers and ranchers' well-being and ability to remain competitive rely on bountiful lands, healthy livestock, and a Federal Government that acts as a partner instead of an adversary. I will continue to be a strong advocate for Ohio's farmers and understand the importance of ensuring that they have the tools they need to produce a stable and affordable food supply.

Source: 2018 Ohio gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2017

John Kasich: $2.5B invested in cleaning Lake Erie, and keep it clean

This region continues to generate good memories for hundreds of thousands who come here for the recreation, the resources, and the hospitality Lake Erie coast is known for.

And we're investing a lot in our lake--Randy Gardner is always on top of that--and our coastal resources to make the water cleaner and keep it that way. About two and half billion dollars have been invested in Lake Erie since the start of the Administration. Yes, we want to make it cleaner, and we aim to keep it clean. And I hope those that come after me will realize this is the great, great jewel of the state of Ohio, and that's the great Lake Erie.

These are investments in water and natural resources, the quality of life, but of course they're also an investment in economic growth because we know that when we take care of the world around us it becomes another reason for job creators to want to put down roots here and want to grow.

Source: 2017 Ohio State of the State address Apr 5, 2017

Joe Schiavoni: $100M to address water quality with sewer improvements

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni introduced Senate Joint Resolution 4 (SJR 4), a bipartisan resolution to address water quality issues and create jobs throughout Ohio. The resolution would permit the state to issue bonds for sewer and water capital improvements for municipal corporations, counties, townships and other governmental entities. The resolution is identical to Senator Schiavoni's widely supported Senate Joint Resolution 3, which received hearings--but no vote--in the 131st General Assembly.

If Ohio voters approve this resolution, the General Assembly would be able to authorize up to $100 million per fiscal year over a 10-year period for sewer and water capital improvements, for a total investment of $1 billion. This plan would not raise taxes.

"Ohio's underground infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly," said Leader Schiavoni. "Current funding sources cannot keep up with the rising costs of critical infrastructure maintenance and upgrades.."

Source: on Pennsylvania voting record SJR4 Mar 2, 2017

Ted Strickland: Safeguard clean air and water for future generations

Q: Do you support the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to enforce strong clean air and clean water standards?

Ted Strickland: I support efforts to enforce clean air and water standards because I believe climate change is a real and pressing problem, and that we must take action to address this challenge. We need to position Ohio to take advantage of all the benefits a clean energy economy can bring: more jobs, cheaper electricity, and better public health. Additionally, since Ohio's natural resources are such an important part of what makes our state a great place to live, work and start a family, and since these resources closely linked to our economic growth, I believe we have a responsibility to safeguard these resources for future generations.

Source: League of Women Voters on 2016 Ohio Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Eric Fingerhut: Aggressive effort to increase clean air