The Common Sense Initiative (CSI) is a program that reviews Ohio’s regulatory framework and works to find solutions that are business friendly and transparent. The office weighs the benefits of rules created by state agencies and departments with the negative effects on business. Since 2012, CSI has reviewed nearly 8,000 rules and policies and helped to find common ground between state regulators and the business community. In 2015 alone, 2,316 rules were reviewed, nearly half of which were changed as a result of comments and suggestions to the office. Through CSI’s open and transparent process, standards are maintained while red tape is cut for businesses that were struggling to comply with burdensome regulations.

With a new strategic plan in place, CSI is better able to measure the impact of rule changes and create polices that further our state on a path of job growth. The overall vision and mission of CSI remains the same, but the new strategic plan helps focus their objectives, introduces new metrics to better measure their impact, and drives enhanced efforts to communicate the role of CSI.

A recent example of CSI’s success involves a paving company looking for help with finalizing a permit that had been pending since 2012.  They worked with CSI after years of frustration and were granted their permit in September of last year. CSI guided the company through the process of discussions with the EPA and allowed the original permit for the paving company to continue with their project.

This is just one example of CSI’s many accomplishments in working with various, individuals, and companies looking to remove overly burdensome regulations. We must maintain an environment where businesses can grow, jobs can be created, and companies are encouraged to come to our state. If you have concerns about an overly burdensome regulation, please contact the CSI office at

I would also be happy to hear about your concerns relating to regulations or any other state issue. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at (614) 644-6041 or

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