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State officials support Scrappers

COLUMBUS — Both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly approved a resolution in support of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

The legislators oppose any moves by Major League Baseball’s decision to eliminate the team, along with 39 other minor league teams across the country.

The votes came on Wednesday with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Columbus Drive-In contingent present.

More than 70 people joined the Chamber on its third annual Drive-In to advocate for important issues that impact economic development and the quality of life in the Mahoning Valley. In addition to networking opportunities and visits to policymakers’ offices, the group also spent time with Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko and others.

The Chamber, business community and government leaders have been rallying behind the Scrappers since the MLB began discussing a plan to consolidate and eliminate teams. The Chamber requested that policymakers in Columbus also rally its support to encourage the league to keep the team in the Valley.

The Scrappers employ more than 200 full- and part-time employees, support numerous local businesses and donate hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to local charities.

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