The Ohio House of Representative’s current budget proposal, House Bill 64, includes a 6.3 percent across-the-board tax cut for all Ohioans. This significant reform is a $1.2 billion overall tax reduction and brings the top marginal tax rate to 4.99 percent. That is the lowest the top marginal tax rate in Ohio has been since the early 1980s. Furthermore, we made permanent the 75 percent tax reduction on small businesses, which is an important step toward increasing job creation and private-sector business growth.

Over the past four years, we have worked extremely hard to ensure that the State of Ohio has a robust economy. Significant tax reforms, which have amounted to almost $3 billion in tax cuts for all Ohioans, have resulted in the creation of new jobs and an unemployment rate that has almost been split in half. In addition to tax reforms that have promoted a healthy economy, we repealed Ohio’s estate tax. The estate tax was particularly detrimental to small businesses and family farms.

With the repeal of the estate tax, families will no longer be required to pay taxes twice on the same assets. With responsible budgeting, we were able to accomplish these significant tax reforms and close an $8 billion budget deficit. Although these accomplishments are commendable, our work is not complete. We need to continue our push to improve the lives of all Ohioans, and House Bill 64 continues to work towards that goal.

Our tax reforms have contributed to reduced taxes for all Ohioans. These across-the-board reductions are important, because individuals will always know how to spend their money better than the government. As Ohio continues on its path to reducing the tax burden for families and small businesses, I am confident that we will continue to see an improving economy. As existing and new businesses are attracted to our state, Ohioans will have greater opportunities to prosper and keep more of their hard-earned money.

Voting to erase more than 30 years of tax increases was an incredible feeling, and I hope that we will have support for the House’s tax plan. Having the opportunity to serve the citizens of the 83rd House District is an honor, and I’m extremely proud to say that we will continue on our path to making Ohio a better state.

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