June 2019 Update from State Senator Bob Peterson
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Wishing Happy Birthday to an American Hero
Dear Neighbor,
 
Governor DeWine, Representative Wilkin and I had the honor of meeting Robert Morrison from Hillsboro to celebrate his 100th birthday. A decorated World War II veteran, Morrison served in the European theatre, including Normandy, and has received an EAME theatre ribbon, 5 Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct medal, and a Distinguished Unit badge. We sincerely thank him for his service to our country and wish him a happy 100th birthday.
Generating New Job Growth in Our District
The priorities of the Ohio Senate continue to have a positive impact on job growth and new opportunities for our district. 

First, the recent passage of Senate Bill 95 will incentivize companies to invest in megaprojects in the Buckeye State that have at least $1 billion in fixed-asset investments or creates at least $50 million in Ohio employee payroll.

In Jackson County, city officals hosted a ground breaking event for the clean up of the old Meridian Automotive property. In partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the project will clear the way for new business opportunities, and I look forward to seeing who utilizes this prime space.

Finally, McKesson Corporation is expected to create over 42 new full-time jobs in Fayette County thanks to a Job Creation Tax Credit that was recently approved by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. The expansion project will generate $2.5 million in new annual payroll and retain $5.6 million in existing payroll.
Improving Ohio's Water Quality for Future Generations
I'm proud to announce that the Ohio Senate has taken important steps to enhance the water supply in our state.

Senate Bill 2, which I joint-sponsored with Senator Matt Dolan, will establish a statewide watershed planning and management program to coordinate and build upon the efforts of state and local partners to improve water quality throughout Ohio.

It has been a pleasure to work with a unique collaboration of stakeholders during this process representing agriculture, conservation, environmental, and research communities who have worked collectively to address one of the Ohio's most pressing long-term issues.
Budget Talks: Investing in Ohio's Future
This month, I joined my colleagues in the unanimous passage of the Senate's version of Ohio's two-year operating budget (Am. Sub. H.B. 166). After months of discussion and debate, this bill invests in Ohio’s essential public services while providing significant tax relief to hard-working Ohioans and preserving key tax reforms important to Ohio’s growth. Major provisions of the Senate’s plan include:

  • Investing in Ohioans’ Health and Wellbeing
  • Investing in Education and Career Readiness
  • Protecting the Health of Lake Erie and Ohio’s Natural Resources
  • Providing Significant Tax Relief for Hard-Working Ohioans
The bill is now in conference committee where the House and Senate versions will be reconciled. The Ohio Constitution requires a balanced budget signed by the governor by June 30.
 
My Legislation
Water Quality
Senate Bill 95
Megaprojects
Senate Bill 119
Daylight Saving Time
Senate Bill 137
Rural Industrial Park Loans
Senate Bill 139
First-time Homebuyers Savings Account
Senate Bill 159
Beginning Farmer Tax Credit
Around the District
The Gathering Church in Washington Court House receiving a Senate commendation for their new church building.
My family and I enjoyed time at the Banana Split Festival in Wilmington.
Senator Schaffer, Representative Scherer, and I enjoyed kicking off fair season at the Pickaway County Fair.
Upcoming County Fairs 
Clinton: July 6 to 13
Lawrence: July 6 to 13
Fayette: July 15 to 20
Jackson: July 12 to 20
Vinton: July 21 to 27
Pike: July 26 to August 3
Gallia: July 29 to August 3
Ross: August 3 to 10
Highland: September 1 to 7

I enjoyed welcoming Governor DeWine to Fish Ohio at Cowan Lake in Clinton County.
100 years ago on June 16th, Ohio became one of the first states to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote.
It's always great fun to play the annual Ohio Village Muffins vs. Capitol Cannons vintage baseball game on the Statehouse lawn.
District Support for the Senate's Budget 
Thank you to those who expressed their support of language to help local hospitals expand services!
 
"This amendment is commonsense as it allows us to build meaningful partnerships with non-profit organizations in our communities or even to partner with other public hospitals in the region to offer new services where they don’t exist today. We are most appreciative for the support of President Obhof, Chairman Dolan and our Senator, President Pro Tempore Peterson. We look forward to working with members of the budget conference committee.” - Mike Diener, CEO, Fayette County Memorial Hospital

“This amendment will allow Highland District Hospital to enter into new relationships that will expand services to the Highland County community and improve the overall quality of care provided to our patients. On behalf of the citizens of Highland County, thank you to President Obhof, Chairman Dolan and Senator Peterson.”
- Randy Lennartz, CEO, Highland District Hospital
The Ohio Senate received widespread support on our version of the State Budget. Read more here.

Senator Bob Peterson represents the 17th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all or part of Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, and Vinton counties. He currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate.