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One of my priorities as your state representative is to support efforts to improve the quality of life for all Ohioans, whether through big budget changes such as income tax reform or policies that generate small business growth. Recently, I voted for a bill that reduces costs on an item that many people must use every day - eyeglasses.

House Bill 116 eliminates the sales and use tax on eyeglasses, frames, and contacts. This small change will affect millions of Ohioans, from our very youngest to the elderly. Corrective lenses significantly improve an individual’s life and are often a necessity in order to maintain employment, learn, live safely, and be mobile. For these types of items—items people cannot live without—it is important for us as legislators to strive to reduce costs through legislative initiatives.

Our estimation is that this tax exemption will save taxpayers approximately $29 million each year while also creating a more uniform taxation structure on prescriptions. Currently, most prescription goods are not taxed for sales and use. House Bill 116 would include prescription eyewear as well, and will go a long way to help families struggling to make ends meet to afford a real necessity.

I believe it is my job to do more for you, in whatever way I can. Simple reforms, like the ones accomplished through House Bill 116, will have only a minor impact on the daily operations of the state; but, it will make life easier and more cost-efficient for families. At the end of the day, this legislation will help families save money across the state on an item that is essential to living life well.

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