Small businesses in our community, and throughout our state, are vital contributors to both job growth and our economy. Right here in Richland County, we are home to a wide range of businesses including manufacturing, IT, health care and many more.


As your state representative, I have always put job growth and economic development as the top priority in my work at the Ohio Statehouse. I believe that our government must do what it can to make business ownership easier so that our state continues to be ranked as one of the best in which to do business.


With this in mind, I was proud to support a number of pro-business pieces of legislation that I am confident will have a positive impact across our state. The first of these measures was House Bill 3, which has already been in effect for nearly a year. House Bill 3 has helped increase new business filings within Ohio by reducing the cost of filing by 21 percent. Now that the filing fee is under $100, we have witnessed 2,500 new entities file to open a business within our state this year, as compared to the same time in 2015.


In addition to reducing the cost for opening a business, the legislature has also enacted one of the most significant tax reductions in state history. Not only did we vote for an across-the-board income tax reduction for all Ohioans, but we also voted to put in place an extensive small business income tax cut.


Since 2012, the legislature has initiated $4.8 billion in tax cuts, which has led to the creation of over 420,000 private sector jobs. I am proud to have been a staunch advocate of legislation that has contributed to this success.


Ohio’s economy is on the right path. As we move forward, I will remain supportive of any legislation that will build upon this success. Ohio’s pro-business policies have undoubtedly signaled to the rest of the nation that we are, indeed, open for business.

 
 
 
  
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Representative Romanchuk Sworn In As State Representative Of The 2nd House District

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 2nd Ohio House District, which comprises all of Richland County, for a third term.



 
 

An Update On The Ohio General Assembly's Progress

 

As we turn the page to 2014, I wanted to report on the progress The Ohio General Assembly has made in cutting taxes, reforming government and improving workforce development.  My top priority continues to be making Richland County a place where businesses can grow and create jobs that will provide a better quality of life for every family.



 
 

Resolution Pushing For Innovative Metals Institute Clears Legislature

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario)  announced that the Ohio Senate has passed a resolution he sponsored that urges the US Department of Defense to establish the “American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute.” The House adopted the resolution October 16th.



 
 

Legislation To Rebrand Ohio Workforce Development Centers Moves To Governor

 
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House of Representatives today concurred on Senate changes to Substitute House Bill 1, which strives to streamline Ohio’s workforce development efforts and make it easier for Ohioans to utilize the resources that are available to them.