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Ohio's Business Climate Needs to Be the Focus of the Legislature

Photo by Nina Matthews Photography

With the 128th General Assembly coming to a close in just two short months, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the residents of the 46th Ohio House District for their input and suggestions on how we can restore Ohio’s economy. Based on my conversations with constituents and the many calls, letters and emails my office has received during the past 22 months, an overwhelming number of people within our community believe that Ohio’s business climate is one of the key factors in our state’s inability to retain jobs. As such, I have introduced or supported numerous initiatives to get Ohioans back to work and make our business climate more competitive.

One of the inevitable tasks the legislature will need to undertake is reform of our state programs and agencies, which would make our government leaner, more efficient and more accountable. In order to render cost-savings for the state and the taxpayers, I sponsored House Bill 240 to rein in the skyrocketing cost of Ohio’s Medicaid. Currently, Medicaid spending in Ohio is surpassing 40 percent of our budget, with spending in FY 2010 at upwards of $13.4 billion. This rate of growth is unsustainable, especia