An attempt by state lawmakers to prohibit Akron and other cities from local hiring goals for construction projects has been revived, this time as stand-alone legislation.
A local-hiring-goal ban was removed last month from the state transportation budget after a large contingent of Akron officials travelled to Columbus to testify against it.
Sen. Joseph Uecker, R-Miami Township, and Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, introduced companion bills Tuesday that solely target local hiring goals. Maag told Gongwer news service that the legislation would prevent cost increases from fewer contractors bidding on projects because of the inability to meet local hiring goals.
Reps. Greta Johnson and Emilia Sykes, both Democrats from Akron, are opposed to the bills and urged others to join in the fight against them.
"Banning our communities from making decisions that put local Ohioans to work on public projects will jeopardize Ohio jobs by bringing in more out-of-state contractors," they said in a press release Wednesday. "Our state should encourage local decision-making measures that grow our regional economies and strengthen our skilled workforce."
Johnson and Sykes asked those opposed to the legislation to contact Maag at 614-644-6023 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Uecker at 614-466-8082 or email@example.com.