An Update from State Senator Kristina Roegner
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Dear Neighbor, 
Happy New Year to you and your family!  It is an exciting time to be in Ohio as 2020 launches us into a new decade. 

I love our Buckeye State and believe that working together we will continue forge a bright future for generations to come.  I am reminded of that every day that I come to Columbus.  On the ground in front of the Statehouse steps is our state motto: "With God All Things are Possible."
In this newsletter you will find an update on a few things that I've been up to in recent weeks, both in Columbus and across our 27th Senate District. As always, remember that I'm here to serve you and love to hear from my constituents on the issues that matter to them. It is a true honor to represent you in the Ohio Statehouse.

I hope you enjoy reading this month's newsletter!
 

Respectfully,

State Senator Kristina Roegner
27th Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Roegner
 
State Capital Budget,
Investing in Our Communitites
This month the legislature is working on the state capital budget, which is how the state funds long-term investments in things like state parks, historical or cultural centers, community recreational facilities, zoos, memorials and other public assets. My office is currently working hard to advocate for quite a few projects in the 27th Senate District and will hopefully have some good news to share very soon about some exciting things happening right in our community. 

If you're interested in working with my office to find out if a local project in  your community would be eligible for capital funding in the next budget or are interested in how to apply in the future, email my office by clicking below and my staff will be happy to follow up with you!
 
National Security Leadership Award

I was honored this month to receive the National Security Leadership Award from Major General Paul J. Sullivan​ and Brigadier General Charles O. Dillard support of historic investments made in early childhood care and education in the state's operating budget, signed into law earlier this year. 

It was a true pleasure to meet these two heroes and to work alongside them on behalf of the children of this state. 

 
State awarding district $520,000 in trail funding
I was thrilled to see Governor DeWine announce earlier this month that $520,000 in Clean Ohio Trail Funds will be allocated to two projects in my senate district. 

The first project will acquire a 1.5-acre parcel near Cannon Road in Twinsburg. This parcel provides a trail connection between Center Valley Park and other parks located within the Tinker's Creek corridor.

The second of two projects, the Heights to Hudson Trail, will be an asphalt trail approximately 10 feet wide and 2 miles long. The trail will connect the Summit Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail through the Village of Boston Height's downtown commercial center, to the City of Hudson’s border. 

I love trails and can't wait to explore these new areas of the district!
 
Washington D.C. March for Life
It was a privilege to participate in this year's March for Life in Washington D.C., where I had the honor of walking alongside thousands of brave men and women who are advocating for the unborn across the nation. 

As the sponsor of Ohio's Heartbeat Bill, I was invited to speak at the symposium the next day on how to articulate the pro-life cause effectively and thoughtfully to people who share a different perspective. I had a great time with my two incredible daughters, Katherine and Kaitlyn!
 
Wayne Center for the Arts awarded $150,000 Ohio Facilities Construction Commission grant

I was thrilled to see that the Wayne Center for the Arts was awarded $150,000 in grant funding by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to jump-start renovations at their facility in downtown Wooster. State funding will support restroom updates, new floors, lighting and sound systems. The project is expected to conclude in July 2020.

Read more at the Wooster Daily Record link below!  

 
Tax Season: Free Filing Options
As a friendly reminder for tax season, those with an income below $69,000 can file their federal taxes for free at IRS.gov. State of Ohio tax filing is also free at tax.ohio.gov.

Additionally, if you need any assistance with State of Ohio tax-related issues, please feel free to contact my office and my staff will be happy to get you connected with someone at the Ohio Department of Taxation who can assist you.
 
Coronavirus Prevention Tips

You’ve probably heard about the Coronavirus outbreak currently taking place in China. The Ohio Department of Health reports that no confirmed cases have yet been identified in Ohio and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the risk to the American public is low. However, the CDC does suggest a few tips on how each of us can do our part to keep our communities safe and healthy. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is often worth a pound of cure.

Click below to see what you can do to be safe during this flu season.

 
This month the Senate finalized priority legislation helping businesses better manage their health care costs and provide effective healthcare plans for their employees. Senate Bill 9 ensures that small businesses have access to the same claims data that large companies currently have. This will help these smaller businesses make strategic and informed decisions that benefit both the company and the employees. S.B. 9 passed the Senate 31-0. 

If you're interested in following what else is happening in Columbus, feel free to check out our website, where you can follow along with the legislative process, find a bill, follow committee activity and even watch sessions live!
 
 
Senator Kristina Roegner represents the 27th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses portions of Summit and Stark County, as well as Wayne County. Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Roegner.