LIMA — Suspending state regulations. Training workforce. Changing intellectual property laws.
Those are just some of the tools suggested by Secretary of State and Republican lieutenant-governor candidate Jon Husted as a handful of suggested changes comprising a new economic policy plan rolled out by Mike DeWine’s governor’s campaign.
Known as the Ohio Prosperity Plan, DeWine and Husted have been touring Ohio this past week to roll out the plan. Husted, who is running as the Republican pick for lieutenant governor, visited Lima Monday.
“Say that you’re in the process to try to build a new building and somebody pulls out some obscure regulation that really has no impact on health or safety, but it’s delaying a project,” Husted said. “Well, we’ll suspend that so they can move along until we can resolve the issue. Those are the kinds of things that we believe the governor should have the authority to do.”
Husted couched the plan as: “Investment plus innovation plus talent multiplied by entrepreneurialism equals prosperity.”
“Look, if you want to create prosperity, you can’t be a highly-regulated state. Our opponent, Rich Cordray, was a giant regulator in Washington that killed a bunch of jobs and killed a lot of hope for people,” Husted said. “Our opponent provides a different world outlook. He already says he doesn’t like all of these tax cuts Republicans put in place. Really, you know what that means. He’s going to raise taxes on Ohioans and small businesses. And he wasn’t a job creator. He was actually a regulation creator in Washington.”
Before running as Ohio’s Democratic candidate for governor, Cordray acted as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama’s administration.
Ohio’s General Assembly would need to sign off those powers to the governor’s office before DeWine could decide what regulations to cut.
Under the proposed policy, regulations could be suspended if they were stopping job creation and did not affect health or safety, Husted said. Businesses could then appeal state regulations according to a “bipartisan process.”
Other policy changes Husted presented to local Republicans during his Monday visit to Lima Pallet Company included pushing employers to work closely with educators to better equip students with in-demand certifications, providing government-funded training to the “incumbent” workforce, aligning state tax law to include newly-defined “Opportunity Zones,” allowing university researchers to own their intellectual property to spur innovation and expanding broadband infrastructure.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.