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Dear Neighbor,

As the summer keeps rolling along, so too does the economy in Ohio.  Earlier this month, it was reported that the unemployment rate in the state is at its lowest level in 18 years!  Our part of the state received even more goods news as a result of Amazon announcing it will be opening a new $200 million fulfillment center in Wood County that will employ 1,000 full-time workers.

That momentum continued as the legislature delivered a balanced, bipartisan State Operating Budget to Governor DeWine for his signature. The budget makes significant investments across that state that will continue to keep Ohio's standing as one of the best places to live, work, and raise a family.

I hope this e-newsletter provides a helpful update for you about my work in the legislature on your behalf. I welcome your feedback, and your emails, letters, and phone calls are very important to me. I can be reached by phone at 614-466-8060, e-mail at Gavarone@OhioSenate.gov or through my social media pages listed at the end of this update.

Sincerely,

State Senator Theresa Gavarone
2nd Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Gavarone
 
State Operating Budget Signed Into Law
The budget is always the largest and most important piece of legislation the General Assembly works on every two years. 

Included in the budget are investments to help families in crisis, increased support for foodbanks, services for seniors, and assistance for the veterans who protect our freedom.  Learn more about what is included in the budget here.
 
Mark Your Calendar for Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday

I was proud to co-sponsor legislation to create an annual ‘Sales Tax Holiday’ each August. I hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity this weekend to save money while purchasing back-to-school supplies!

 
Resources to Help Ohio's Farmers
Earlier this summer, several Ohio counties were given a disaster designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to rain, flooding and other severe weather conditions. 

This designation has made these counties in the 2nd Senate District eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency, which may include FSA emergency loans.

I encourage farmers to reach out to our local FSA offices for additional information or click here to learn more.
 
Celebrating Fish Ohio Day on Lake Erie
Northern Ohio has so much to offer! There is never a shortage of activities to do or events to attend anywhere along the coast, especially fishing. I was so excited to welcome Governor DeWine, colleagues and many Ohioans to Ottawa County to celebrate the 40th Annual Fish Ohio Day.

Learn more about what you can find right here in Ohio, by visiting "
Ohio. Find it Here."
 
County Round-Up!
 
Wood County
I was honored to receive an invitation to celebrate Austin Cook and present him with a Senatorial Citation for completing basic training.

This brave young man is now ready to serve and protect our great country as a United States Marine.
Fulton County
I traveled to Sauder Village for a naturalization ceremony where I had the honor to meet and congratulate over 50 new citizens of the United States.
Erie County
I enjoyed spending part of July 4th in Sandusky for the Stars and Stripes Celebration.

I even ran into DJ Swearingen, who will be the new State Representative for Erie and Ottawa Counties on August 1.
Ottawa County
Randy Gardner and Steve Arndt are two of my best friends and mentors.  I had the opportunity to celebrate and thank them for the years of service they gave to our region during their time as elected officials. 
Lucas County
The 180th Fighter Wing is expanding!  I was invited to join Adjutant General John Harris at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Aircraft Hangars and Personnel Deployment Facility.