Mayor Jackson Calls on General Assembly to Vote No on Both Measures
Mayor Frank G. Jackson has advised both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate of his strong opposition to House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152, which would prohibit Ohio cities from using geographic-based hiring preferences in the performance of local construction projects.
The proposed legislation would prohibit the city’s ability to combat unemployment and poverty by requiring contractor use local residents in construction projects.
“Prohibiting geographic-based hiring will hamper Ohio’s economic recovery and contribute to segregation of cities by race and income,” said Mayor Jackson. “Our young people have increasing difficulty getting a start in Ohio’s workforce. These workers and the overall economy of Ohio will benefit from the local jobs created through the use of geographical-based hiring preferences on construction projects: jobs with apprenticeships, clear career paths, and quality on-the-job training.”
In 2003, the City of Cleveland enacted a geographical-based hiring law to help alleviate unemployment and poverty by providing residents with opportunities on construction projects funded, in whole or in part, with city assistance.
These opportunities ensure Cleveland residents participate in, and benefit from, economic development in the City of Cleveland. House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152 would reverse the progress made in providing Cleveland residents the opportunity to benefit from construction projects in the city and signal that the State of Ohio government is opposed to initiatives in urban areas that help improve local economies and the overall well-being of residents.