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Endorsements update

The following people and organizations have endorsed Michael J. Skindell for State Representative, House District 13:

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Skindell discusses gun violence solutions

On Wednesday, September 12, state Senator Mike Skindell took part in a panel discussion on the topic “Gun Violence: What are the Options?” The panel, organized by the League of Women Voters and hosted by Case Western, included Dr. Daniel Flannery, Cleveland MHA chief André González, and state Representative Mike Henne. Peter Krouse moderated the discussion.

All four panel members agreed on the necessity for further measures to prevent gun violence, including Dayton Republican Rep. Henne, and Skindell who is the Democratic candidate for Ohio House District 13.

The panel also agreed that such measures are currently stalled, in Ohio’s General Assembly and in Congress, both of which are controlled by Republican majorities.

Gonzalez, Henne, and Skindell

Skindell noted that he reintroduced legislation earlier this year to let Ohio renew an effective, but lapsed, federal assault weapons ban. He has also signed on in support of other measures including universal background checks, “red flag” laws, bump stock restrictions, and stopping domestic abusers’ access to firearms.

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Endorsed by Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund

The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund is a political action committee, formed “to protect and enhance the environment and the health of all Ohio communities by advancing critical priorities, holding policymakers accountable, and electing environmental champions.”

State Senator Michael J. Skindell is privileged to be recognized by the OEC Action Fund as one of its endorsed 2018 candidates.

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Lake Erie Shoreline Improvement District

Shoreline erosion is a constant concern for families with property on the lakeshore. Right now, few resources exist to help homeowners slow or prevent this damage, which can ultimately decrease property values. Some families are even forced to take out a second mortgage on their home to finance the needed repairs and improvements. This is […]

Working to protect consumers from high interest rates on short-term loans

Over the summer, Sen. Skindell worked with colleagues in the Legislature to place much-needed regulation on the payday lending industry, and provide relief for consumers from astronomical fees and interest rates.

Over a decade ago, The Ohio Legislature worked to regulate the industry by capping interest rates and limiting the size of loans lenders could provide.  The lenders took advantage of a loophole, registering under a different section of Ohio law so they did not have to cap interest rates or fees. After ten years, Ohio now has one of the highest average interest rates in the nation, coming in at a whopping five hundred and ninety one percent. With one in ten Ohioans having taken out a “payday” loan, these higher interest rates and fees total hundreds of millions of dollars each year leaving the state and padding the pockets of out-of-state lenders.

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“Cleaner Lake Erie” working group launches

State Sen. Mike Skindell will join a select group of 14 legislators for the “Toward a Cleaner Lake Erie” working group’s first meeting, at 1 p.m. this afternoon.

Skindell, who currently represents a densely populated portion of the Lake Erie shore, has warned of the lake’s increasingly dire condition. As ABC news explains,

Algae in water is typically non-toxic and invisible to the human eye, but if allowed to accumulate to levels where it is visibly thick it can become toxic.

At toxic levels, algae can destroy marine ecosystems by killing animals and depleting water of oxygen.

Lake Erie is well past this threshold, Skindell says. “It’s a green muck” in the lake’s western basin.

The problem is worsening, too.

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Skindell discusses ECOT, budget, and other statehouse issues

In August, State senator Mike Skindell was the invited guest of the Westlake Democratic Club, whose president Vern Long introduced him by saying that in Ohio’s General Assembly, “there are a few people who will stand up for all of us—this is the guy who’ll lead the charge.”

Skindell speaks to meeting in Westlake

Skindell spent the evening discussing examples of how Ohio’s government, entirely controlled by Republicans since 2011, has by contrast prioritized special interests.

Payday Lending

Skindell explained that Ohio is among the worst states in the nation for exorbitant payday lending rates, which trap working people in a cycle of debt. The state passed reforms in 2008, but lenders quickly found a loophole which the legislature’s Republican majority refused to close. As recently as June, the majority went to extraordinary lengths to defeat a motion by Skindell that would have moved reform out of the Finance Committee for a vote by the full Ohio Senate.

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Working families need our support

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Janus vs. AFSCME, ruling that public-sector unions’ fair share fees, collected from employees who decline to join a union but still benefit from their negotiations, are unconstitutional. The decision essentially brings so-called “right to work” to public sector workers in Ohio and across America.

In response, Ohio state Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement:

“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus vs. AFSCME is but another blow to working families led by a corporate-funded agenda. The decision further rigs the economy against working families to benefit CEOs and large corporations. The result will be lower wages and a weakening of the rights of workers.

“When the first right-to-work effort came to Ohio in 1958, as Amendment 2, and proposed changes to Ohio’s Constitution, it was defeated by nearly a two-to-one vote. The second major attack on workers’ rights occurred in 2011 with the passage of Senate Bill 5 in the Republican-led Ohio General Assembly, which was overwhelmingly repealed by Ohio voters. Unsuccessful at the ballot box in Ohio and elsewhere, corporate interests have now been successful legislating from the bench.

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Endorsed by Sierra Club

Michael J. Skindell’s campaign to represent Ohio House District 13 has been formally endorsed by the Sierra Club.

In announcing the endorsement, Steve McPhee said “The Sierra Club’s Ohio Chapter is pleased to extend our support for your campaign in appreciation of your demonstrated commitment to protecting Ohio’s environment.”

Throughout his career as a legislator, Skindell has championed the cause of clean air and water. In recent weeks, he has been working to promote wind energy development, to protect Ohio’s renewable energy standards, and to prevent taxpayer funded bailouts of polluting fossil fuel plants.

Skindell says that he is honored to have the endorsement of the Sierra Club.

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