Morning briefing – Jan. 11

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ROYER TO LEAD COLUMBUS REALTORS IN 2016 – John Royer, an Upper Arlington resident and businessman, was sworn in as the 108th President of Columbus REALTORS® on Dec. 12. He’s a second-generation president and the fifth REALTOR® from his company, Kohr Royer Griffith, to serve as president of Columbus REALTORS®.

Royer brings to this office 28 years experience as a commercial REALTOR® in the central Ohio market. As partner and the president of Commercial Real Estate Services at Kohr Royer Griffith, he specializes in commercial brokerage, counseling, development and investment real estate.

Royer holds a real estate Broker license in both Ohio and Kentucky, is a licensed Franklin County Probate Real Estate Appraiser, and is a member of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR), and the International Council of Shopping Center (ICSC).

AS NATIONWIDE AUTO SALES SOAR, BROWN WARNS AGAINST TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP’S THREAT TO AUTO INDUSTRY RECOVERY – Following news that U.S. car sales hit a record high in 2015, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) warned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens to turn back the recovery and hurt auto jobs.

“Today’s news that auto sales are at a record high is proof that the auto recovery worked and auto workers in Ohio and across the country are key to growing our economy. To continue that progress and protect jobs, we must ensure a level playing field for America’s auto suppliers, but TPP and its weak auto provisions stand to roll back recovery and cost Ohio jobs, so we must continue fighting for a better deal for American auto jobs.”

As the U.S. and 11 other countries negotiated the TPP, Brown was an outspoken advocate for a strong auto chapter that would level the playing field for U.S. automobile manufacturers and workers. In September, he penned a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urging him to negotiate an agreement that holds Japan to its commitment to phase out its tariffs in accordance with the longest staging period, use NAFTA-based rules of origin as a basis for TPP, and include provisions to remove non-tariff barriers, including currency manipulation.

MANDEL RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced the release of his Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report highlighting the work being done to make government more transparent and open to the people.

“Since taking the oath as Ohio Treasurer in 2011, I’m proud that the work we have accomplished over the past five years has earned the trust of Ohioans,” said Treasurer Mandel. “By launching and posting government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”

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