OUR ADVOCACY

The ORA is pro-business on issues that are important to our members’ bottom lines. We support ideas, legislation and proposed laws that will stimulate the economy and protect the growth of our industry statewide and nationally. We oppose ideas, legislation and proposed laws that could harm the success of our members’ businesses.


Our advocacy initiatives are guided by a member-led ORA Government Affairs committee, which includes board members and restaurant professionals. This group meets on a regular basis, along with ORA staff.


We operate a Political Action Committee (PAC) and employ lobbying support to represent members at the Ohio Statehouse. We actively engage in many coalitions to influence laws and regulations and are active in the Ohio General Assembly, with state agencies and with local government and community leaders.


Our approach to working with government officials is nonpartisan. 

We respect all views and regularly communicate & meet with members of both major parties, nationally and locally, to represent Ohio's restaurant, foodservice & hospitality industry.

The ORA is pro-business on issues that are important to our members’ bottom lines. We support ideas, legislation and proposed laws that will stimulate the economy and protect the growth of our industry statewide and nationally. We oppose ideas, legislation and proposed laws that could harm the success of our members’ businesses.


Our advocacy initiatives are guided by a member-led ORA Government Affairs committee, which includes board members and restaurant professionals. This group meets on a regular basis, along with ORA staff.


We operate a Political Action Committee (PAC) and employ lobbying support to represent members at the Ohio Statehouse. We actively engage in many coalitions to influence laws and regulations and are active in the Ohio General Assembly, with state agencies and with local government and community leaders.


Our approach to working with government officials is nonpartisan. 

We respect all views and regularly communicate & meet with members of both major parties, nationally and locally, to represent Ohio's restaurant, foodservice & hospitality industry.

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TOD'S TOP FIVE!

October 23, 2019
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October 23, 2019

Our Director of Member Growth & Government Affairs Tod Bowen writes a regular update on all things related to the ORA's advocacy efforts. Here's the latest:

1. Priorities for the Ohio Budget 
With significant bipartisan support, the Ohio Legislature passed Ohio’s biennial budget, setting the State’s spending levels, tax rates and other policy objectives for the next two years. With heavy involvement from the ORA, we were able to solidify three major areas within the budget:

Pro-business and pro-growth: We ensured that the income tax deduction for business income was included in the budget. This allows small business owners to fully deduct the first $250,000 of business income, and caps the rate paid on business income above that level at 3%. This is a significant tax savings to all business owners who operate as LLCs or other pass-through entities (which includes the vast majority of restaurant owners).

Rewarding entrepreneurs, risk takers and job creators: The above savings allows you to continue to invest in and grow your business, and to enjoy the fruits of your labor and entrepreneurial spirit.

Education and workforce re-alignment: We focused on modernizing Ohio’s graduation requirements to more closely align with the demands of today’s workforce. We recognize the needs of today’s employers by providing more resources for career and vocational education opportunities, including our Ohio ProStart® program.

2. Justice Sharon Kennedy
The ORA recently welcomed Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy to our office. While we appreciated Justice Kennedy’s commitment to Ohio’s Constitution and the reminder of how important the Court’s decisions are to a strong economic environment, we were most excited to hear her story. “Your industry is how I funded my entire education with a livable wage at such a young age,” she shared. “You are what gave me my start in life.” We know how true this is for so many, but it’s always great to hear from someone in the state’s judiciary branch.

3. Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Survey
It’s incredibly important that our elected officials recognize that restaurant jobs are just as, if not more so, in-demand as jobs in any industry. The ORA and the ORA Education Foundation are working closely with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. One way you can help us in this effort is to visit indemand.ohio.gov and complete the survey, as the list developed directs 85 percent of funds from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

4. Keeping it Local
Through our Local Restaurant Alliance (LRA) and Community Dish efforts, the ORA is committed to building relationships with our city, county and state officials and agencies. Check out the LRA nearest you and join us for an upcoming meeting at ohiorestaurant.org/events.

5. Supporting First Responders
The ORA was proud to be a part of long-time ORA member Firehouse Subs’ recent event where its foundation awarded more than $200,000 worth of lifesaving equipment to local city and township police and fire departments. We are always proud to play a part in telling the story of how much our great restaurant industry does for our communities.


For more information, contact Managing Director of Member Growth & Government Affairs, Tod Bowen
Direct: 614.246.0109
Cell: 614.296.2310
tbowen@ohiorestaurant.org
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Our Director of Member Growth & Government Affairs Tod Bowen writes a regular update on all things related to the ORA's advocacy efforts. Here's the latest:

1. Priorities for the Ohio Budget 
With significant bipartisan support, the Ohio Legislature passed Ohio’s biennial budget, setting the State’s spending levels, tax rates and other policy objectives for the next two years. With heavy involvement from the ORA, we were able to solidify three major areas within the budget:

Pro-business and pro-growth: We ensured that the income tax deduction for business income was included in the budget. This allows small business owners to fully deduct the first $250,000 of business income, and caps the rate paid on business income above that level at 3%. This is a significant tax savings to all business owners who operate as LLCs or other pass-through entities (which includes the vast majority of restaurant owners).

Rewarding entrepreneurs, risk takers and job creators: The above savings allows you to continue to invest in and grow your business, and to enjoy the fruits of your labor and entrepreneurial spirit.

Education and workforce re-alignment: We focused on modernizing Ohio’s graduation requirements to more closely align with the demands of today’s workforce. We recognize the needs of today’s employers by providing more resources for career and vocational education opportunities, including our Ohio ProStart® program.

2. Justice Sharon Kennedy
The ORA recently welcomed Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy to our office. While we appreciated Justice Kennedy’s commitment to Ohio’s Constitution and the reminder of how important the Court’s decisions are to a strong economic environment, we were most excited to hear her story. “Your industry is how I funded my entire education with a livable wage at such a young age,” she shared. “You are what gave me my start in life.” We know how true this is for so many, but it’s always great to hear from someone in the state’s judiciary branch.

3. Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Survey
It’s incredibly important that our elected officials recognize that restaurant jobs are just as, if not more so, in-demand as jobs in any industry. The ORA and the ORA Education Foundation are working closely with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. One way you can help us in this effort is to visit indemand.ohio.gov and complete the survey, as the list developed directs 85 percent of funds from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

4. Keeping it Local
Through our Local Restaurant Alliance (LRA) and Community Dish efforts, the ORA is committed to building relationships with our city, county and state officials and agencies. Check out the LRA nearest you and join us for an upcoming meeting at ohiorestaurant.org/events.

5. Supporting First Responders
The ORA was proud to be a part of long-time ORA member Firehouse Subs’ recent event where its foundation awarded more than $200,000 worth of lifesaving equipment to local city and township police and fire departments. We are always proud to play a part in telling the story of how much our great restaurant industry does for our communities.


For more information, contact Managing Director of Member Growth & Government Affairs, Tod Bowen
Direct: 614.246.0109
Cell: 614.296.2310
tbowen@ohiorestaurant.org

OHIO RESTAURANT INDUSTRY
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OHIO RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

AT A GLANCE
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AT A GLANCE

22,547 Eating & Drinking place locations (2018)
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22,547 Eating & Drinking place locations (2018)

585,000 Restaurant & Foodservice Jobs in Ohio = 10% of employment in the state
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585,000 Restaurant & Foodservice Jobs in Ohio = 10% of employment in the state

$24. 2 Billion in estimated sales in Ohio's restaurants in 2018
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$24. 2 Billion in estimated sales in Ohio's restaurants in 2018
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To read more facts about Ohio's restaurant and foodservice industry, click here. Less
To read more facts about Ohio's restaurant and foodservice industry, click here.