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State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today raised concerns over new allegations that Ohio charter schools possibly linked to an international Islamic religious movement have misused millions in taxpayer dollars through what’s being called a “closed-loop” leaseback scheme.

“Reports that Ohio charter schools are using millions in taxpayer funds for anything other than educating our children are deeply troubling and unfortunately speak to the continuing lack of adequate oversight in our state,” said Lepore-Hagan.

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Wed, Oct 12, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced that the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) has been selected to receive $40,000 in state funds to help support and expand their microenterprise program. The funds will allow the YNDC to support local Mahoning Valley entrepreneurs by providing intensive business planning classes, one on one technical assistance, and financial counseling.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy – they create jobs for local workers and return customers’ dollars back into the Valley,” said Lepore-Hagan. “I am pleased to see the state partnering with the YNDC to provide local entrepreneurs with the tools they need to start or grow a successful business.” 

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the release of over $300,00 in grant funding for organizations in Mahoning County working to house homeless veterans and support student mentorship initiatives. 

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Fri, Jun 17, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) today applauded the passage of House Bill 391, financial literacy legislation that included an allocation of $500,000 to Youngstown State University’s Young Entrepreneurs Program. 

“It has been a pleasure to work with our Mahoning Valley delegation to secure the $16 million in capital appropriations for our community and now an additional $500,000 for YSU’s Young Entrepreneurs Program,” said Lepore-Hagan. “This program will help give young adults who wish to build their own small business the tools and resources to pursue their dreams.” 

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Thu, May 26, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced her plan to give the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority (YMHA) the opportunity to correct a decades-old tax liability issue cleared the legislature late last night and is now headed to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. 

“On behalf of the YMHA, the families it serves and the residents of the city of Youngstown, I would like to thank the leadership of both parties as well as the members of the Senate and House for supporting this important, common sense legislation,” said Lepore-Hagan. “My amendment will allow YMHA to get back to focusing on helping those in our community who are most in need without having an unfair debt hanging over their head.” 

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Thu, May 26, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 523, legislation to legalize the use of certain forms of medical marijuana in Ohio to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease spinal cord injury, HIV and AIDS.

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Tue, May 10, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the passage of the 2017-2018 state capital budget, or Senate Bill (SB) 310, to provide state support for infrastructure improvements and certain brick-and-mortar construction projects. 

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Wed, May 4, 2016

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the introduction of House Resolution (HR) 383, legislation aimed at improving the safety of freight train operations in Ohio. The resolution expresses support for a recently proposed Federal Rail Administration (FRA) rule to require an operating crew of at least two individuals on all freight trains. 

“A company should not take shortcuts simply to improve their bottom line. Safety must be the number one concern,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Imagine a train carrying toxic chemicals through a town and the engineer operating the train suffers a heart attack. The results would be disastrous; in fact, they were disastrous in a tragic train accident in Canada just three years ago.” 

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Tue, Apr 26, 2016

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 233, legislation aimed at boosting economic development and the rehabilitation of historic structures in urban centers by allowing municipal corporations to create downtown redevelopment districts (DRD). 

“Downtown Youngstown has gone through many revitalization projects in the last decade, and this bill will help to continue to city’s work to attract more residents and businesses to our reemerging city,” said Lepore-Hagan. “I am thankful that Rep. Schuring took the time to visit with members of our community last fall to discuss the needs of preserving Youngstown’s historic structures and creating DRDs that will boost business and improve the downtown area. I am proud to co-sponsor this bill and look forward to the governor signing it into law.” 

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Wed, Apr 20, 2016

State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland), State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced that the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office will receive a $28,035.99 Marine Patrol Assistance Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The state grant is intended to help the local law enforcement agency provide emergency response to boating-related incidents, conduct routine waterway patrols and purchase safety equipment for use on marine patrol vessels.

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Wed, Apr 13, 2016