April 05, 2011
Business leaders visit Columbus, serve as voice
On March 29th, the Chamber led a delegation of more than 50 business leaders to Columbus to advocate on behalf of the region at the 2011 Columbus Drive-In. The Columbus Drive-In gave Chamber members an opportunity to interact with State of Ohio officials and make sure the voice of Cincinnati USA is being heard in Columbus. The business group met with top-level advisors in Governor Kasich’s Administration, including the Governor himself, and members of the 129th General Assembly from the Cincinnati USA region.
In these meetings, the Chamber presented its 2011 Policy Agenda, a comprehensive report representing the highest priorities of the Cincinnati region’s business community. Issue topics include: business development, taxes, transportation and infrastructure, healthcare, labor and employment, energy and environment, workforce development and education. View the Chamber’s complete 2011 Policy Agenda
“The 2011 Columbus Drive-In was a great success in that Governor Kasich, key agency leaders and members of the General Assembly were able to hear from Chamber members about how their proposals will affect the business community,” said Matt Davis, the Chamber’s vice president for Government Affairs. “Cincinnati’s business community will play a key role in moving our region forward in this fragile economy and it is critical that they make their voices heard in Columbus.”
Additionally, the meetings were an opportunity to hear from the architects of the State's proposed FY 2012-2013 operating budget, as well as provide input to legislators on specific pieces of the budget. The Governor presented the budget in mid-March and the state legislature now has until June 30, 2011 to make any changes and pass a balanced budget as required by Ohio law. The Governor’s transformational budget includes major changes in state funding to the state’s Medicaid system, the local government fund and K-12 education.
The Chamber’s Government Affairs team continues to monitor the impact of legislation on the business community and will advance pro-business public policy. If you would like to be involved in the Chamber’s advocacy efforts please visit cincinnatichamber.com/advocacy.