As we enter the month of February, the Ohio House of Representatives will soon begin addressing important pieces of legislation on a wide range of topics. During my time in the legislature, constituents have offered many of their ideas regarding important policy matters facing our state. Your input has been a major help in knowing how Ohioans feel about certain issues, and I encourage you to continue providing feedback and suggestions.


There are many issues that will be addressed throughout this legislative term—undoubtedly some of which we do not even know about at this time. Issues can surface at times without any notice. But there are three broad issues I would like to address.


One concern at the top of many people’s minds is job creation. Ohio has been a leader in job creation throughout the Midwest during the past couple years, but the effort is never complete. Despite Ohioans creating more than 120,000 jobs since January 2011, we must continue to strive—both through education and workforce training—to create an environment where businesses not only want to come to Ohio, but also have the resources and freedom to expand and hire workers.


A big part of making job creation possible is to hold government accountable and to continually look for ways that it can get out of the way. By signing into law reforms that permit the auditing of government agencies and minimizing regulation’s negative effects on private enterprise, Governor Kasich and the legislature have taken great strides on this front. But again, our task is not complete. Legislators must be committed to making government as efficient as possible and keeping dollars in the private sector, where it will be put to use to grow the economy.


Finally, as a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, I will be taking a close look at tax reform. Filling out tax forms can sometimes require a lot of time, and a burdensome tax code only makes the problem worse. Therefore, simplifying the tax code will be an issue that receives a great amount of attention over the next two years.

 
 
 
  
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