Courier: CSI: Ohio is Removing the Red Tape & Regulations Hurting Small Businesses

Ohio’s Lt. Governor Mary Taylor leads the effort to reduce the red tape and regulations that are hurting small businesses. Read more below from the Courier about how CSI: Ohio is helping Ohioans create jobs:

State agencies are being more reasonable in the rules they propose affecting businesses, thanks to Gov. John Kasich’s efforts to help businesses thrive, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said Tuesday.

The nearly 1,000 business-related rules proposed this year by state agencies are 55 percent less than the annual average for the past 10 years, Taylor said. Taylor heads the Common Sense Initiative, Kasich’s effort to prevent creation of unreasonable regulations. She met Tuesday with Findlay Publishing Co. editors and reporters.

“Every rule proposed by every state agency that impacts business has to go through our (Common Sense Initiative) process and has to go through a business impact analysis,” Taylor said.


“Agencies are being more specific about the types of rules they are introducing,” Taylor said “They are taking the time to understand how those rules are impacting business, and that’s really what we intended them to do.”


An old law prohibited a northeastern Ohio manufacturer of soups, sauces and purees for restaurant chains from buying wine wholesale. Custom Culinary had to pay retail prices for 140,000 pounds of wine used in a recipe. Workers were pouring individual bottles of wine into big vats to make its product. The Common Sense Initiative, along with the Commerce Department and lawmakers, changed the law so Custom Culinary can buy the wine wholesale. In June, the company broke ground on a $5 million expansion.

The Common Sense Initiative also helped change a law which limited world-class, internationally trained medical researchers to a three-year stay in Ohio. The doctors frequently left Ohio for other states. The new law enables the doctors to renew certificates enabling them to stay in Ohio beyond three years.

“There were situations where there are world-renowned doctors who have researched and created and innovated great, life-saving techniques,” she said.

One Ohio hospital wanted to recruit one of these physicians to bring his technology, and draw research grants, Taylor said.

“But he had no ability to practice medicine in our state because of the way the laws are written,” she said.

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