Michele Rapp: A Healthy Environment is the Foundation for a Vibrant Economy
Ohio’s oil and gas laws need to reflect the seriousness with which we regard both the health of our communities and our environment. As a business owner that provides goods that are baked or cooked from produce farmed by local farmers, we need to stand strong on regulations that do not sacrifice our safety and well-being for industry profit.
Increasing the minimum wage will help put money in people’s pockets, help businesses improve our economy, and help struggling local communities thrive again. When low-wage workers get a raise, they spend that money in their local communities. This boost to consumer demand has a ripple effect benefiting the economy as a whole—businesses see increased sales and hire more workers, and GDP gets a boost as well. A fair minimum wage truly benefits everyone.
My employees and I all work hard and pay in to Social Security and Medicare, and none of us would like to see our future benefits slashed. As a business owner, I can tell you that you can’t cut your way to prosperity, it takes smart investments in the future; investments everyone should help pay for.
We are business leaders building a sustainable economy with a healthy environment and prosperous communities. We recognize that sustainable practices are good for business.
We believe in the power of the market and that government should empower the engines of our economy—businesses and social enterprises—to be the agents of recovery and revitalization. By removing obstacles, creating appropriate incentives, providing support, and partnering, government can help create an enabling environment in which restorative, equitable, and sustainable economic models can thrive.
To ensure Ohio's competitiveness, strengthen job opportunities, and improve health and quality of life and we need a cleaner, more sustainable, energy future. Ohio needs strong standards for energy efficiency and investment in the generation of renewable energy that will lower energy costs for large and small businesses and all Ohioans.
Taxes are how we pay for all the government investments and services we all want. Taxes are an effective tool to reduce economic inequality and provide incentives for sustainable economic development. OSBC works to increase tax equity for small businesses, reduce tax haven abuse by multinational firms, and eliminate unnecessary tax cuts for mature industries. Policymakers must consider economic, environmental, and social impacts when crafting tax policies. Such policies help to fund infrastructure improvement, R&D, education, public services, and business innovation.
Food quality, affordability and safety are cornerstones to a sustainable economy. OSBC works to support agricultural and food policy and legislation that reflect that help sustain economically-profitable and environmentally sustainable farms, promote local and regional food systems, provide capital access, promote public health, and support economic equity for agriculture workers.
Free but fair trade welcomes companies of all sizes and considers all of stakeholders in the economy. It balances short-term, economic efficiency with sustainability, the robustness of an economically diverse economy, environmental stewardship, and the unique needs of each trading partner nation.