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  • May 14, 2013

    Although it is shocking that the national death toll from prescription overdoses has doubled in recent years, what is even more alarming is that in our state, it has tripled. In fact, since 2007, more Ohioans have died from accidental prescription drug overdoses than auto accidents. This is unconscionable. Ohio families deserve help and they... Read More
  • April 29, 2013

    Many Ohioans would be shocked to find out that the same Wall Street megabanks which received bailouts from taxpayers five years ago, at the height of the financial crisis, continue to receive taxpayer-funded advantages today simply because of their “too big to fail” status. And while these megabanks receive an implied federal guarantee... Read More
  • April 22, 2013

    Buy local, eat local? Despite the fact that agriculture and food is Ohio’s largest industry, too many Ohio consumers struggle to access fresh, affordable food and too many Ohio farmers need help selling their products locally. Time and time again, I’ve heard the same message from farmers across the state: connecting Ohio farmers with... Read More
  • April 15, 2013

    As parents, we all want our daughters to have the same opportunities as our sons.  As a father of two girls, I'm tired of seeing Ohio women lose $16 billion in income each year because they still don't earn equal pay for an equal day's work. Ohioans work hard and hard work deserves fair pay, regardless of gender. Yet, according to a new report... Read More
  • April 08, 2013

    With too many Ohioans working harder than ever and barely getting by, it’s well past time to raise the minimum wage in our country. Recently, I visited four Ohio businesses that are supportive of an increase in the federal minimum wage. These businesses and their owners know that treating their employees right isn’t just good for them,... Read More
  • March 25, 2013

    With tax day just around the corner, it’s important that all Ohioans know what they can do to save themselves and their families money. Every tax cut, every way to save a dollar earned means groceries, gas money, and more money pumped into the local economy. But in 2010, more than 32,000 Ohioans did not file tax returns, leaving an estimated... Read More
  • March 18, 2013

    One sure way to reduce the deficit is to strengthen the economy—so more Americans have good-paying jobs and can support themselves and their families rather than relying upon the safety net to make ends meet. We have grown our way out of past recessions through a strong manufacturing sector and a robust housing market. But when empty homes... Read More
  • March 11, 2013

    Right now, everyone in Washington is focused on fiscal issues – getting our financial house in order.  This is something families in Ohio have been dealing with for some time.  We know how to do this.  We can improve health outcomes and simultaneously save money for our consumers and for the federal government. A couple of... Read More
  • March 04, 2013

    Most Ohioans would be surprised to know that the same Wall Street megabanks which received bailouts from taxpayers in 2009 also receive taxpayer-funded advantages today simply because of their “too big to fail” status. This taxpayer-supplied subsidy is wrong, and it puts community banks in Ohio at a competitive disadvantage. This gives... Read More
  • February 25, 2013

    Wrestling is a historical heavyweight among Olympic sports, and has a proud tradition in Ohio. From youth wrestling camps and high school meets, to NCAA tournaments, Ohio athletes have learned the strength, discipline, and focus that allow grapplers to succeed both on the mat and in life. The sport is accessible to anyone, regardless of their... Read More
  • February 19, 2013

    At the President’s State of the Union address, I was joined by Cookie Hall, a second-generation Cleveland steelworker who knows from experience that American workers are the most productive in the world. Cookie works at Cleveland Works, a steel plant owned by ArcelorMittal North America. Workers at this plant produce one ton of steel per each... Read More
  • February 11, 2013

    We know Ohio workers and Ohio manufacturers can compete with anyone. We have skilled, productive workers and world-class infrastructure. But for years, we’ve seen evidence of unfair trade practices – like currency manipulation – costing Americans jobs. Currency manipulation occurs when a country undervalues its currency to... Read More
  • February 04, 2013

    This has been a particularly tough flu-season – for Ohioans of all ages. To put it into perspective, as of January 19, more than 3,000 flu-associated hospitalizations were reported to the Ohio Department of Health. During this same period last year, there were fewer than 100 flu-associated hospitalizations. With extensive... Read More
  • January 28, 2013

    The Great Lakes region and the Ohio River basin are invaluable resources—providing a source of water for countless households, generating economic activity for the region, and providing jobs through commerce, fishing, and tourism. In fact, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, some 450,000 people fish in Lake Erie annually... Read More
  • January 22, 2013

    In 2011, Jeanne Brigner reached out to my office after her mortgage servicer misapplied her monthly mortgage payment – an action which led her into foreclosure. Unlike many Ohioans, Jeanne was able to keep her home, but only after paying thousands of dollars in unnecessary fees. Unfortunately, the state of mortgage servicing is so bad that... Read More
  • January 14, 2013

    Following tragic reports of deaths from the flu in Ohio, Connie and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who have lost a loved one to this terrible and sudden illness. At the same time, we must actively take steps to prevent the illness from spreading. My office has been briefed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More
  • December 10, 2012

    Good communication is important, and poor communication can be costly. Unfortunately, miscommunication between Washington and Ohio could cost families in Wilmington and Orville up to $3,700 next year. As the New Year quickly approaches, it’s critical that Ohio families are aware of the unclaimed tax refunds that may be owed to them by the... Read More
  • December 04, 2012

    Ohioans have been hearing about the fiscal cliff a lot lately. The "cliff" applies to a January 1st deadline when the law, enacted by a bipartisan majority of both houses of Congress, requires a mix of spending cuts and tax increases.  This sudden dose of austerity will put us on a long-term path to budget stability, but it... Read More
  • November 21, 2012

    My mother, a schoolteacher in Mansfield, taught her sons that no matter what our station in life, no one is too important or too busy to serve. This holiday season, I’m grateful for that lesson – and for the example set each day by so many in their communities. And I am most heartened by the sacrifices of hardworking Ohioans who... Read More
  • November 19, 2012

    My mother, a schoolteacher in Mansfield, taught her sons that no matter what your station is in life, no one is too important or too busy to serve. This holiday season, I’m grateful for that lesson – and for the example set each day by so many in their communities. And I am most heartened by the sacrifices of hardworking Ohioans who... Read More