An Update from Senator Steve Wilson
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Dear Neighbor,
 
Like you, I was shocked and saddened to learn about the tragedy our neighboring community of Dayton experienced this past weekend, and my family and I are praying for the families who have suffered such a horrific loss. If someone you know in Dayton needs assistance from the city, please encourage them to call 937-333-8430.
 
I appreciate the bravery and quick response of the first responders as well as the leadership of local leaders and Governor DeWine to make sure our fellow citizens have the needed resources to recover and heal. I am committed to working with my colleagues at the Statehouse to evaluate what additional measures we can take to prevent these senseless attacks from happening to another community in Ohio.
 
As always, if you have additional questions or concerns regarding the safety of our community please do not hesitate to contact my office at (614) 466-9737 or Wilson@OhioSenate.gov.
 
Steve Wilson
State Senator
Ohio's 7th Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Wilson
 
Passing a State Budget that Cuts Taxes and Invests in Families and Children
​I joined my legislative colleagues and Governor Mike DeWine in approving Ohio's two-year operating budget, which takes great strides to provide significant tax relief, invest in our families and children, support veterans, and protect Ohio's natural resources.

I am especially proud that we included language similar to Senate Bill 122, legislation I introduced earlier this year to expand pay for success initiatives by leveraging private sector ingenuity and resources to ensure our tax dollars are being used to pay for real, proven results when tackling a variety of public policy issues.
 
Lowering Utility Bills for Ohio's Ratepayers
As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee, I am proud of our work on House Bill 6 to ensure positive changes were made throughout the committee process. Our final product was simple and focused, saved jobs for thousands of Ohioans, created a reduction in utility bills, and provided an annual review for Ohio's two nuclear plants. 

This bill is a comprehensive energy package that will lower costs for ratepayers across Ohio. By requiring an annual comprehensive financial review, ratepayers are given the assurance that their support for the two nuclear plants will not go unchecked. We are taking a quantum leap forward for Ohio’s diverse energy portfolio by taking care of ratepayers, improving transparency, and setting the conditions for new opportunities in regards to jobs and clean energy. 
 
Working to Honor Two Local Fallen Soldiers
​It was a genuine honor to provide testimony for two pieces of legislation that would memorialize local fallen soldiers who served in Vietnam. Their bravery and sacrifice serves as an inspiration to us all, and is worthy of recognition. These road designations would ensure that both of their legacies live on forever in each of their hometowns.
​Senate Bill 41 would designate a portion of State Route 63 in Warren County as SFC John E. Conger, Jr. Memorial Highway. Like so many young men who deployed to Vietnam, SFC Conger went missing during combat and was presumed dead in 1978. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio.
​Senate Bill 106 would designate a portion of State Route 122 in Butler and Warren counties as the SFC Charles E. Carpenter Memorial Highway. SFC Carpenter proudly served his country as a Green Beret and was killed by a small-arms fire during his third tour of duty. SFC Carpenter lived in Warren County when he enlisted, but his family called Middletown and Madison Township home.
 
Celebrating the Warren County Fair
Attending the Warren County Fair each year is one of my favorite events, and this year was no exception! County fairs showcase Ohio's agricultural communities and give Ohio's families the opportunity to create fond memories and traditions.
 
It was an honor being the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day program and discussing what it means to be a veteran in our community. Thank you to all the passionate individuals who made this year's fair a success!
 
Cutting the Cost of Clear Vision
Clear vision is important to our safety and quality of life. However, the high cost of prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses has put up financial barriers for many Ohioans. 

As a result of legislation I supported in 2017, I am proud to announce that the State of Ohio has eliminated the sales tax on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. This important change is expected to save Ohioans nearly $30 million annually.

Additionally, this change will help make Ohio small businesses who sell eyeglasses and contact lenses more competitive with neighboring states and online retailers who are not required to charge a sales tax. By making these medical devices more affordable, we are ensuring Ohioans have better access to quality vision and every aspect of life that impacts.
 
Recognizing Ohio's Women Veterans
Did you know there are 67,000 women veterans in Ohio? I want to share this unique opportunity and encourage the women veterans in my district to attend the 2019 Ohio Women Veterans Conference on August 10th, hosted by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. At this special day-long conference, veterans can share ideas and experiences, learn about resources available to them, and receive words of inspiration from truly outstanding speakers. Please don't hesitate to reach out to my office if you would like more information on this wonderful opportunity.
 
 
Senator Steve Wilson represents Ohio’s 7th Senate District, which encompasses all of Warren County and portions of Butler and Hamilton counties. To learn more, go to www.OhioSenate.gov/Wilson
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