Tracked Senate Bills – April 2022

State News:

JobsOhio embarks on a $50MM national ad campaign to tout the State:  Making ad buys in Austin, New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, L.A. and San Francisco, JobsOhio has launched its large-scale advertising campaign to alert these markets to Ohio’s value proposition: it’s a great place to live and operate a business, and it’s a lot cheaper than those markets.

In one example, playing on the city’s tagline, a JobsOhio billboard in Austin announces “Keep Austin Weird…. Like very high cost of living weird.”  (This Texas city has experienced rapid growth, but its housing costs have soared; median home prices in Columbus, which often competes in the same tier, are 62% lower.)

Tracked House Bills – March 2022

Federal News: 

Ohio’s manufacturing future looks towards chips and semiconductors in the greater Columbus region; with federal help, more investment may be on the way.     

On February 4, 2022 the United States House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 by a vote of 222 to 210.  Among other measures, the 2,900-page bill allocates nearly $52 billion in grants to subsidize semiconductor manufacturing and another $300 billion for other, related research and development purposes. 

Tracked Senate Bills – March 2022

Federal News: 

Ohio’s manufacturing future looks towards chips and semiconductors in the greater Columbus region; with federal help, more investment may be on the way.     

On February 4, 2022 the United States House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 by a vote of 222 to 210.  Among other measures, the 2,900-page bill allocates nearly $52 billion in grants to subsidize semiconductor manufacturing and another $300 billion for other, related research and development purposes. 

Tracked House Bills – February 2022

Federal News:

2022 may be the tipping point in sales of electric vehicles:  Market analysts are predicting 2022 may be the year in which sales of cars powered solely by batteries tip into the mainstream.  Data reported for 2021 show such vehicle sales surged in the United States, Europe and China; sales of fossil fuel vehicles were stagnant.

Tracked Senate Bills – February 2022

Federal News:

2022 may be the tipping point in sales of electric vehicles:  Market analysts are predicting 2022 may be the year in which sales of cars powered solely by batteries tip into the mainstream.  Data reported for 2021 show such vehicle sales surged in the United States, Europe and China; sales of fossil fuel vehicles were stagnant.

One compelling data point is that electric vehicles accounted for only 2 ½ percent of new vehicle sales in 2019, but were nearly 9 percent of all new cars sold worldwide in 2021.  It could be that 2022 is the year when the internal combustion engine truly began to slide toward obsolescence.