CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- A workforce development bill, sponsored by a local lawmaker, was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Thursday.
Republican State Sen. Troy Balderson of Zanesville told AVC News in April that the "Ohio Means Jobs" proposal would help better connect businesses with institutions of higher learning:
The law creates a revolving loan fund that would provide low-interest loans to Ohioans who need additional job training. Balderson said that the plan ensures that priority status is given to schools and career centers that already have close ties with area businesses.
The program will be funded using $25 million in existing revenue from casino licensure fees. Each institution can apply for up to $100,000 and loan up to $10,000 per student, annually.
The now-law, which gained overwhelming support in both the Ohio House and Senate, was co-sponsored by Balderson and Dayton-area Sen. Bill Beagle.