Ohio Lieutenant Governor John Husted, elected in 2018, greeted EAJ members earlier this year in a call highlighting the role we are playing in building a 21st workforce of the century. Lieutenant Governor Husted, who has devoted the past two decades to public service, has worked hard in recent months to promote vocational and technical education across the state. Members of the MEA in Ohio support more than 164,000 jobs, contribute $ 16 billion annually to the state’s economy, and generate $ 1.1 billion in tax revenue each year.
Lieutenant Governor Husted took a few minutes to answer a few questions about his efforts to boost the equipment manufacturing industry in Buckeye State.
AEM: What are your top legislative priorities for Ohio?
Lieutenant Governor Husted: Governor DeWine recently signed the 2022-2023 operating budget and included in that funding $ 58 million for our TechCred program which will reimburse employers for 40,000 technology degrees earned by their employees over the next two years. The budget also invests $ 41 million in K-12 schools to help more than 70,000 high school students graduate for in-demand jobs while still in high school and to help schools to create the programs to offer these accreditation programs recognized by the industry. The budget also continues our Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP), which helps low-income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed Ohioans participate in a training program to graduate at no cost.
AEM: How do you think equipment manufacturers can better promote the industry?
Lieutenant Governor Husted: Ohio is home to some of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, and today’s manufacturing plants are not what they used to be because of technology. Technology has enabled companies to streamline processes to be more efficient and to compete internationally. The best way to promote the industry is to start in your own backyard by engaging high school and college students, higher education institutions, and training partners.
AEM: How can equipment manufacturers better help highlight career opportunities in your state?
Lieutenant Governor Husted: Here in Ohio, we launched the Partnership grant with the industrial sector which helps fund collaboration between businesses, education and training providers, and other community leaders who are committed to improving the workforce in their region. These collaborations help create a labor pool that benefits both Ohioans and Ohio job creators.
AEM: What is the biggest challenge you face as a Lieutenant Governor?
Lieutenant Governor Husted: I wear many hats: I’m not only the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, but also the director of the Governor’s Office for Workforce Transformation, InnovateOhio, and I oversee the Common Sense initiative, which are all working to make Ohio the most innovative, creative, entrepreneurial state in the county.
AEM: What has been your greatest achievement during your tenure?
Lieutenant Governor Husted: I am proud of our work to lower taxes for all Ohioians and reform the tax code, the creation of educational choice (EdChoice) and the Choose Ohio First scholarships which aim to keep our students here in the expanding industry. . recognized accreditation opportunities for hundreds of thousands of high school students and adults and the creation of InnovateOhio whose mission is to examine every public service with an eye on the customer experience and use technology to streamline and simplify these interactions.
AEM: Before you go, what’s a fun fact you want to share with our readers? :
Lieutenant Governor Husted: I am competitive by nature. Right now I’m working to make Ohio the best state in the country for business and quality of life, but before I got into the public service I was an American cornerback and kick returner. for the University of Dayton in 1989 when the Flyers won the Division III National Championship.
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