Stage II Vapor Recovery Update

UPDATE: As previously reported AFPD opposed the initial Ohio EPA plan to exempt ground-up, new-to-industry locations from the requirement to install Stage II because we feel current operators should also be exempt if they make the appropriate upgrades. AFPD met with Ohio EPA and industry leaders on Nov. 5, and Ohio EPA has agreed to…

Food Stamp Cutbacks

Some Ohio families will see their monthly food stamp amount cut $25 on average come January 1, but the reduction won’t be as a severe as state officials and food bank operators first feared. A week ago, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services was reportedly planning to cut monthly assistance by an average…

Governor Kasich Unveils New Budget

Last week, Governor John Kasich introduced the details for his biennial budget for Fiscal Years 2014-2015. In it, there are many proposals that are expected to create spirited debate within the Ohio Legislature over the next few months. Some of the highlights include: Income tax reform: In Governor Kasich’s proposal, the administration takes the first…

CCI Paperwork Due Now

In this difficult economy, don’t throw away an opportunity to save your company money. CareWorks Consultants (CCI) consistently offers industry-leading premium savings and competitive marketplace fees through AFPD’s workers’ compensation group rating program. As the February 26th deadline for enrollment into group rating approaches, take a look at your budget for this year. Enrollment into…

CAT Update

The Ohio Supreme Court provided a ray of sunshine as we began 2013. In a stunning decision, long supported by the AFPD, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an opinion finding the Ohio CAT on motor fuel “Unconstitutional” on grounds that the tax is required to build and repair streets, highways and bridges, and NOT be…

Several States Consider Ad Tax

The governors of Minnesota and Ohio are floating the idea of taxing advertisements to bring in needed cash, Advertising Age reports. Under Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s budget, billboard, print, radio, and television ad sales would have a 5% sales tax. Kasich wants to enlarge the state’s sales tax so he can decrease taxes on businesses…