Since 2011, Ohio’s economy has been on the upswing as more jobs have been created and we have worked together to get more Ohioans back to work. A major reason for this success has been due largely to the support and encouragement of Ohio’s small businesses.
As a small business owner myself, I am well aware of the negative consequences that can be felt by an entire community should our small businesses not be given the tools needed to succeed. We are well aware of this fact in the Ohio Legislature and for that reason we have passed a number of pro-business measures to help our Ohio companies thrive.
Last year, the Ohio House passed House Bill 3, legislation that reduces the business filing fee in Ohio by 21 percent, making it easier and more cost effective to start a business in our state. As a result, our state has already seen a tremendous increase in the number of businesses that have filed with the Secretary of State’s office since this bill has become effective.
Additionally, legislators also recently passed one of the largest business income tax reductions in our state’s history. In the 2016 tax year there will be a 75 percent tax deduction on the first $250,000 of a business’s income, which will increase to a 100 percent deduction for the following years. Furthermore, for all income past $250,000, there will be a 3 percent flat tax.
Ohio has also put in place a program known as the Common Sense Initiative, or CSI. The CSI strives to reduce excessive government regulation that makes it difficult for our businesses to operate effectively. By seeking the input of small businesses across the state, CSI is able to constantly evaluate the impact that new policies have on the day-to-day operations of companies, and then works to eliminate regulations that prove to be too burdensome for businesses to comply with.
Due to these three major advances, and many more, Ohio was recently ranked by Chief Executive magazine as the 10th best state in the nation to do business. Our state has also witnessed the addition of 428,000 private sector jobs since 2012, and $4.8 billion in tax cuts in the same time, making Ohio one of the top four tax cutting states in the nation.
It is no secret that Ohio’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. As your state legislator, I have been proud to support these pieces of legislation to help businesses continue to grow and prosper, and I look forward to continuing to fight for our small businesses in the future.

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