The Ohio economy depends on an affordable and reliable supply of electricity. Electricity literally powers modern life for Ohioans as we boot up our computers at the office, charge our phones, and crank up the air conditioning on hot summer days. It’s also a key input for manufacturers, which still make up nearly one-fifth of Ohio’s economy and provide hundreds of thousands of Ohioans with good jobs. Manufacturers typically face tough global competition, and rising electricity prices can contribute to a plant cutting its operations—or even closing.
On Monday, Governor Kasich was speaking at the opening of a new natural gas-fired power plant in Oregon, Ohio when he said:
“…I think it’s important that Ohio stay in a deregulated environment which brings in investors. If all of a sudden you don’t have a level playing field, then you don’t have significant investment. It will go in another place.”
COLUMBUS – Moving like a virus from state to state, a scheme to subsidize nuclear power plants appeared in New York last year and has spread to Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In Columbus, FirstEnergy is trying to convince lawmakers to establish a “zero emissions nuclear resource program” (ZEN) to prop-up its failing nuclear plants.
Those of you who are tired of getting jarred by potholes on your way to the grocery probably welcomed promises of increased federal infrastructure spending with open arms. Many of those federal dollars flow back to our communities for us to decide how to spend, so it’s important to remember that infrastructure goes deeper than roads and bridges — literally. You probably see crumbling roads daily; what you don’t see are the miles of water and wastewater pipes lying underground that are also in need of replacement.
The pipeline would stretch across Ohio from the hills of Appalachia in the southeast part of the state all the way to the Toledo area. Building it will take $620 million in construction payroll that will create 10,000 jobs, with as many as 6,500 of those jobs in Ohio. Rover will also pay more than $120 million to Ohio landowners in direct payments for using their land. This means more Ohioans will have opportunities to work and save for the future.
The Economic Research Center recently released a policy report which revealed that Ohio’s RPS will slow economic growth and job creation. Not surprisingly, RPS advocates and special interests lobbyists challenged the Center's findings—albeit by ignoring the evidence and misrepresenting the report. We address several of those challenges and misrepresentations here.
Since 2008, the Wyoming economy has been contracting even as the overall United States economy has been expanding. Job creation is stagnant and Wyomingites are leaving the labor force. State tax revenues are shrinking with the state economy. The sharp downturn in energy commodities is the main culprit behind Wyoming’s downturn.