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From the Desk of Rep. Dovilla Around the 18th At the Statehouse Upcoming Events

Dear 18th District Resident: As 2011 draws to a close, I wish to express my gratitude to you and the 117,000 residents of our district for the great honor of serving as your representative in the Ohio legislature. This has been a rewarding but challenging first year in the Statehouse. Through decisive leadership and innovative public policymaking, we have created 45,000 jobs, eliminated an $8 billion budget deficit, and cut many of the taxes and regulations that have been stifling our states businesses. We all know more hard work lies ahead on these and other longer term economic initiatives, but I am confident we have begun the process of getting Ohio working again. In this months At the Statehouse section, we discuss two of the ten bills I have introduced thus far in the 129th General Assembly: House Bill 331, legislation to establish a Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council; and House Bill 365, legislation that will allow business owners to take accelerated tax deductions for depreciation of business equipment. Both of these bills to are part of a larger package of legislation we are advancing to spur economic development and job creation through lower taxes, reduced regulations, and other actions that will restore a more business-friendly environment to our state. In the district, I had opportunities on each of the last three Mondays to offer guest lectures at Baldwin-Wallace College. It was great to partner with faculty at our districts premier institution of higher education to provide some insights and receive input on our efforts in the Statehouse. I look forward to keeping in touch with students, some of whom will be working with our office in the near future to provide support on policy research related to reforming Ohios public school funding process and other issues. As we look ahead to 2012, I invite you to keep in touch with our office by calling 614-466-4895 or sending an e-mail to district18@ohr.state.oh.us. Best wishes to you and yours for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year. Sincerely, State Representative Mike Dovilla

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Aroundthe18th I was pleased to return to my undergraduate alma mater, BaldwinWallace College, to offer guest lectures to three classes during the past few weeks. I wish to thank Karen Stanfar, nutrition lecturer in the Department of Health and Physical Education, for inviting me on November 21st to discuss the policymaking process and public health and nutrition matters in her class at the Center for Innovation and Growth. On November 28th, I visited with seniors in a Department of Political Science/International Studies colloquium co-taught by Dr. Tom Sutton and Dr. Judy Krutky, one of my former academic advisors, to talk about potential career paths and professional opportunities after graduation. And on December 5th, I returned to visit with Dr. Suttons urban politics class to discuss potential public school funding reforms, the Local Government Fund, and other issues related to revenue sharing and its impact on suburbs such as those I represent. I welcome any opportunity to visit with students in our public, private, or parochial schools in the 18th District. I invite educators to contact me to schedule a time for me to drop by their classrooms, as I have done on several occasions during the past year. AttheStatehouse During the past month, I had the opportunity to offer sponsor testimony on two bills I recently introduced to help improve our states environment for job creation and high-quality education. House Bill 331 would establish the Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council. This legislation seeks to address the growing identity theft challenge our state and nation are facing by better coordinating state agencies efforts to protect Ohioans personally identifiable information (PII). States governments maintain the largest collections of PII, making them prime targets for cyber criminals activity, which places the states infrastructure at risk and has already cost taxpayers millions of dollars. The Council would be tasked with evaluating the current state of cybersecurity for state-managed infrastructure and providing specific recommendations designed to accelerate the growth of the cybersecurity industry in our state. Employment opportunities in cybersecurity fields dealing with systems and database administration are projected to increase almost 23 percent over the next decade. And Ohio already boasts the number 2, 3, and 4 cities in the nation Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland in growth in this sector, where jobs pay between $66,000 and $74,000 on average. Our bill will help promote additional growth and jobs in these growing, well-paying occupational fields. House Bill 365 would allow business owners that increase Ohio payroll to claim more of the enhanced depreciation allowances that businesses are allowed under federal tax law. This change to Ohio law would allow a qualifying business to claim the extra allowance for example, for business equipment depreciation in a single year, up to the amount by which the business employee withholdings for Ohio income

taxes increased. H.B. 365 will grant Ohio companies greater flexibility and incentive to invest in equipment, grow their business, and put more Ohioans back to work. They will also benefit from being able to file a state tax return that better harmonizes with their federal return. And with the payroll offset, the state will realize no net loss in tax revenue. I appreciate Strongsville constituent and small business owner, Brian Gale, president of I.D. Images, for bringing this concept to my attention. I am pleased we have been able to take Brians idea and turn it into legislation that has the potential of helping his company and many others throughout our state. House Bill 331 remains before the Economic and Small Business Development Committee, while House Bill 365 is being considered by the Ways and Means Committee. I am hopeful both bills will be favorably reported to the full House of Representatives in the near future. UpcomingEvents Our office is working with the four branches of the Cuyahoga County Public Library in the 18th District to schedule our third round of office hours. We hope to announce dates in our January newsletter. In addition, we will be launching our next Representative for a Day reading contest for elementary school students (grades 1-5) in early 2012. Please stay tuned for additional information. Other upcoming community events and meetings I will be attending include the following: December 12: Berea Board of Education Meeting December 15: Olmsted Falls Board of Education Meeting December 19: Ohio Turnpike Commission Meeting December 19: Strongsville City Council Meeting For more information on any event or to submit an event for inclusion in a future issue of the 18th District Newsletter, please email me at district18@ohr.state.oh.us. Thank you!