Lt. Gov Mary Taylor knows that improving the business climate in Ohio is not “magic” – it is common sense. Government should invent smart, streamlined regulations that encourage compliance, not more hurdles for businesses to jump. This Newark Advocate editorial has more:
“A recent article in The Washington Post tells about a magician who must have a license for the live rabbit he pulls out of his hat, including a “rabbit disaster plan” for events such as fires, floods or power outages. This is one of those stories that just makes you shake your head. It would be funny if it weren’t true.
In January 2011, Gov. John Kasich asked me to lead Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative to reform and improve Ohio’s regulatory environment. The goal was simple. Improve the rule making process in Ohio by encouraging more interaction with stakeholders and a justification for any impact to job creators.
For example, Ohio now requires new and existing rules that potentially impact job creation to be submitted to the CSI office for review along with an analysis showing that the impact is justified. This is important because it ensures state agencies cannot continue to regulate without first considering and evaluating the impact of their actions. The CSI process requires agencies to work directly with the stakeholders affected by their regulations to get answers to those questions.
Efforts through CSI to cut red tape and create a better economic climate in our state are catching people’s attention across the nation. In fact, a survey of CEOs by Chief Executive Magazine touts Ohio as the most improved business climate in the nation. Ohio’s progress includes a historic act of balancing a multiple billion dollar budget imbalance while cutting taxes by $3 billion over the past three years. It sends the right signals to job creators across the nation. While Ohio can be proud of the progress we’ve made to create more than 162,000 private-sector jobs since 2011, there is more work to do!
We are making progress and will continue to push for more common sense and less red tape to the benefit of all Ohioans. Ohio may not have any stories similar to the over-regulation of rabbit performers, but we want to hear your ideas on how we can continue to make navigating state government easier and more efficient.”
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