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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Guest Column From Representative Mark Romanchuk: Workers' Comp Rebates An Economic Boost To Richland County

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The summer of 2018 brought with it another boost to Ohio’s economy. That boost came from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. For the fourth time since 2013, the agency is returning $1.5 billion in premiums to Ohio’s private and public employers. This year’s rebate is the largest in 20 years and is due to falling claims, wise investments, and smart business decisions.


Rep. Romanchuk Applauds Governor Kasich's Signing Of Bill Honoring Local Football Legend

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State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) today applauded Governor Kasich for signing legislation that designates February 3rd as “Charles Follis Day” in honor of the first African American professional football player.


Rep. Romanchuk Honored By NFIB With The Guardian Of Small Business Award

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State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) was honored by the NFIB, the state’s leading small business association in Ohio, with its prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award, along with Senator Kris Jordan (R-Delaware). The recognition is for their outstanding efforts to support small business issues in the Ohio Legislature.


State Representative Romanchuk Honors Mansfield Area Y During Ohio House Session

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State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Mansfield) presented a resolution on behalf of the Ohio House to the Mansfield Area Y in celebration of its 150th anniversary.