One of the most important tasks a legislature can accomplish is to promote security for its citizens. Among these tasks, job security always proves to be at the top of the list. In order for our state to prosper, Ohioans must be afforded the opportunity to contribute to our workforce, making our state a better place to work and live.

As a small business owner myself, I bring a small business mindset to every issue we confront in our legislative work. One such piece of legislation that the Ohio House passed last year was House Bill 3. House Bill 3 became effective in the fall of 2015 and initiated a 21 percent cost reduction for new business owners when filing to establish a business entity within the state.

By reducing the filing fee from $129 to $99, entrepreneurs will now be provided the opportunity for a better start and, ultimately, a better opportunity to thrive in Ohio. Reducing business filing fees is certainly a step in the right direction to promote business and economic growth within our state.

Additionally, the Ohio House has worked tirelessly to enact significant tax cuts for all Ohioans, and more specifically, for Ohio small businesses. I was proud to vote for these measures that not only reduce the income tax for Ohioans across the board, but also put in place one of the largest tax cuts for Ohio small businesses in our state’s history.

For Fiscal Year 2016, Ohio small business owners can now expect to see a 75 percent deduction for their first $250,000 in profit, with the deduction increasing to 100 percent in subsequent years. The tax cuts also guarantee that businesses will pay no more than a 3 percent flat tax for any profits exceeding $250,000.

As a staunch supporter of Ohio’s small business sector, I look forward to continuing to support policies that reduce the tax and regulatory burden on small businesses so they have the flexibility to thrive and create more jobs.

Providing a better place for Ohioans to work, live, and raise a family has been a top priority of mine since starting as your state representative. I will continue to work tirelessly for the constituents of the 95th House District, and I am happy that southeast Ohio has been making significant improvements toward a more business friendly climate.

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Rep. Andy Thompson Announces Sales Tax Holiday For First Weekend Of August

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State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today announced that a sales tax holiday will be held this weekend, an opportunity for parents to receive some tax relief during back-to-school shopping in preparation for the new school year which will also stimulate economic activity for Ohio’s retailers. This year’s sales tax holiday was established by the state operating budget, House Bill 49.


Rep. Thompson Encourages Constituents To Submit Online Legislative Survey


State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has set up an online legislative survey in an effort to gain feedback from the residents of the 95th Ohio House District regarding a variety of state issues. The survey can be accessed at


Rep. Thompson Encourages Constituents To Submit Online Legislative Surveys


In an effort to obtain feedback from the residents of the 95th Ohio House District, State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) is encouraging his constituents to fill out and return legislative surveys. Rep. Thompson seeks to gauge the thoughts and views of his constituents on issues ranging from Ohio’s economy to requiring photo IDs when voting on Election Day.


Andy Thompson Sworn In As State Representative Of The 95th House District


State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the 95th Ohio House District, which includes Carroll, Harrison and Noble counties, as well as portions of Belmont and Washington counties.