FitzGerald Statement on S.B. 310

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CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald today issued the following statement on Ohio Senate Bill 310, which observers have noted "freezes forward-thinking energy policy in Ohio" and "was hijacked by special interests less than 24 hours before it was voted out of the Senate Public Utilities Committee:"

 "S.B. 310 not only will weaken environmental standards here in Ohio, but it could increase costs for consumers and slow job creation in our state, all while lining the pockets of powerful utility companies and their lobbyists. Governor Kasich needs to reject this extreme proposal and stand up to the fringe elements of his party that have pushed it forward in the General Assembly."

"In Cuyahoga County, we've shown that it's possible to both promote strong job creation and implement energy efficiency standards at the same time. Last year, we launched the LakeStat initiative to track measurable data and work with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal level to protect the continued vitality of Lake Erie, and we continued our work to create thousands of new, good-paying jobs for middle class families through the Western Reserve Fund - the largest economic development program for any Ohio county."

"Governor Kasich and the General Assembly need to end this unnecessary effort to weaken environmental standards in our state."