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Successful advocacy for local project funds

State Representative Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) is pleased to announce the inclusion of funding for several local projects in the two-year state capital budget.  The $2.1 billion capital budget is designed to meet the capital needs of state property from parks to state universities and also includes $186.6 million for local projects across the state which have strong community support. Cuyahoga County has been allotted nearly $24 million in the budget.

Included in the capital budget was funding for three local projects in State House District 13 and several regional projects advocated by Representative Skindell.  The local projects include:

  • $250,000 for the adaption reuse of the former Cove United Methodist Church Building.  The city of Lakewood acquired the property and is planning to transform this beautiful structure into a multipurpose community center;
  • $300,000 for the Beck Center for the Arts for renovations and additions of its current facility; and
  • $150,000 for the Edna House for Women, which is recovery housing in Cleveland’s near west side.

Several regional projects advocated by Rep. Skindell include: (more…)

Endorsements 2020

The following individuals and organizations have endorsed State Representative Michael J. Skindell for reelection:

  • Affiliated Construction Trades Ohio Foundation (ACT Ohio)
  • AFSCME Power In Action
  • Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO)
  • Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Communications Workers of America D4
  • Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus
  • Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters
  • International Union of Operating Engineers
  • Lakewood Mayor Meghan George
  • Lakewood City Councilperson Tristan Rader
  • The Lakewood Democratic Club
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
  • Ohio AFL-CIO
  • Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters
  • Ohio Association of Public School Employees
  • Ohio Education Association
  • Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund PAC
  • Ohio Federation of Teachers
  • Ohio Sierra Club
  • Ohio State Chiropractic Association
  • Ohio State Legislative Board, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers -Transportation Division (SMART-TD)
  • Our Revolution
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio
  • Teamsters Ohio D.R.I.V.E.

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Ohio needs action against corruption now

During a House committee hearing today, state Representative Michael J. Skindell again advocated repeal of House Bill 6, the multi-billion-dollar corporate bailout bill at the center of an ongoing FBI criminal investigation into an alleged bribery scheme.

“Legislation adopted by means of corruption is in itself corrupt. We must restore public trust in the legislature by repealing this bill,” said Skindell.

During the meeting, Skindell and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) offered sponsor testimony on HB 738, their bill to repeal HB 6.

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Leading the Fight to Repeal House Bill 6

State Rep. Michael J. Skindell adamantly opposed Ohio House Bill 6 when first passed in 2019, and leads efforts to repeal the massive corporate bailout and wipeout of renewable energy standards. Upon the arrest of former House Speaker Larry Householder, on charges of an extensive bribery campaign to buy votes for House Bill 6, Skindell promptly called for the legislation’s repeal.

Skindell and state Rep. Michael O’Brien introduced a repeal bill before the end of July. Democratic legislators have voiced their support for repeal, as has Ohio’s governor, and Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof has announced that the Ohio Senate will vote on repeal.

In the Ohio House, however, Republican leadership is pushing back against the calls for repeal. (more…)

Skindell calls for HB 6 repeal

State Representative Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) announced plans today to introduce a bill that would repeal House Bill 6. This follows news that Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) allegedly accepted tens of millions of dollars in bribes to pass it and prevent a referendum. “Corruption has no place […]

Fairness Act needed to protect Ohioans during pandemic

State. Rep. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today urged action on the Ohio Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that would protect LGBTQ Ohioans from discrimination in employment, housing and accommodations. The Ohio Fairness Act had its last hearing on Feb. 4, 2020 in the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee. The call comes amid a global pandemic that is […]

Prioritize Workplace Safety

State Representative Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today issued a statement following a House floor session where members were not socially distanced as the health experts recommend, and where only a few of the Republican members were wearing masks.

House Democrats and staff were not informed of the change in seating arrangement protocol until a few hours before the afternoon floor session, and—like most Ohio workers who have been noticeably absent from public discussions of reopening Ohio—had no input in the dangerous decision.

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Campaign update April 2020

I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming and continuing support to be elected as the Democratic nominee for State Representative – 13th House District – in the Ohio Primary Election that ended on Tuesday, April 28th. I have been deeply honored to be a progressive representative for the people of Northeast Ohio in the […]

Virtual Town Hall and Local Government Issues

In April, Rep. Skindell participated in a virtual town hall for constituents, along with colleagues state Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland), and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma), as well as by Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan.

Skindell discussed the importance of funding local governments saying, “From Lakewood to Cleveland to Brook Park, all over, they are losing a significant amount of money… they pay the wages and healthcare benefits for our police officers, our firefighters, our first responders.

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