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Happy New Year. Although we have only been back a few weeks we are working through challenging matters like school vouchers and gun safety reforms as well as continuing our work on Ohio’s capital budget. Below is an update on my recent work on your behalf.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any thoughts or suggestions to improve our community. I’m available at Dolan@Ohiosenate.gov or 614-466-8056. I look forward to continuing our good work in 2020.

Sincerely,
   
Matt Dolan
State Senator
Ohio's 24th Senate District
Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Agriculture announced $30 million in water quality funding as part of the statewide H2Ohio program. Farmers located in the Maumee River watershed are eligible to apply for funds to implement proven strategies aimed at reducing the phosphorous runoff that causes harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.
 
This rollout is part of the total $172 million provided for H2Ohio in the budget. Funds are split between the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency. This marks a critical step towards improving the quality of our lake.
The Governor recently signed House Bill 2, codifying the state's “TechCred” program to help fund and train Ohioans for in-demand jobs. The program offers reimbursement to both employers and individuals for the cost of microcredential training for industry-recognized skill certificates that can be completed in less than one year.
 
The bill also provides a way for Ohioans who are not currently employed to take advantage of the program’s credentialing opportunities and will help coordinate workforce development needs across industries and regions of Ohio. 
Once every decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The next census occurs in April 2020.

Census 2020 is the first census count that will be available to fill out online. Each household will receive a card in the mail with a password to open the form online. You will be able to submit your information with just a few clicks.
 
Learn how you can earn extra income by helping in our community during the census, by clicking here.
A very important step in the bill-making process happens during committee, where we hear the opinions of our constituents on all of the legislation being considered in the Senate.
 
Beginning this year, all Senate committee hearings will be broadcast live by the Ohio Channel on public access stations around the state and streamed live on OhioChannel.org, providing all of you the opportunity to witness state government in action.
 
A list of all current Senate committees can be found here. I currently serve as Chair of the Senate's Finance Committee, as well as a member of the Energy and Public Utilities Committee, the Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee, and the Rules and Reference Committee.
Mission: Readiness Ohio awarded my Senate colleagues and me with the "National Security Leadership Award" for our work in the state budget that invested in early childhood care and education.

The budget included $10 million for the establishment of quality infrastructure grants  that are to be used for workforce, professional development and technical assistance, facilities improvement, classroom supplies, curriculum and assessment.

Mission: Readiness Ohio is part of a national military leadership organization comprised of retired admirals and generals. The organization began in response to a Pentagon statistic that approximately 71% of young adults are ineligible for the military due to fitness, education or legal qualifications.  
 
Senator Matt Dolan represents Ohio’s 24th Senate District, which contains a portion of Cuyahoga county. Learn more at www.OhioSenate.gov/Dolan.