Statement of the Reasons for the Veto of Items in Amended Substitute House Bill 483
What They’re Saying
Columbus Chamber of Commerce (Michael Dalby, President & CEO)
“Since being elected, Governor John Kasich has pursued policies that have allowed businesses in Ohio to grow. The topics the Governor touched on in his State of the State address are directly in-line with the Columbus Chamber’s priorities as laid out in our Public Policy Agenda, including lowering taxes, education reform, workforce development and higher education. We look forward to working with the Governor and state legislature to continue to bring common-sense, pro-business reforms to Ohio.”
Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (Eric Burkland, President)
“The Governor continues to drive for change to improve the quality of life for Ohioans. His speech tonight laid out a number of initiatives that support the growth of Ohio’s manufacturing economy.
We commend the Governor for proposing programs to support Ohio’s current and emerging manufacturing workforce, particularly by expanding vocational education and helping workers and their families with opiate and other addiction problems. We also welcome the Governor’s continuing focus on tax reform and look forward to working on the details of the plans.
These policy proposals demonstrate the Governor’s commitment to strengthening Ohio’s workforce and continuing to improve the state’s business climate. Both are high priorities of Ohio manufacturers.
Ohio manufacturers share the Governor’s belief that collaboration and innovation are keys to creating a stronger Ohio. We look forward to working with the Governor and the General Assembly to grow an Ohio economy that creates more opportunity for Ohioans to obtain good paying, productive jobs.”
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce
“The Chamber is encouraged by what it heard in tonight’s State of the State address and it applauds Governor Kasich for his commitment to continued advancement of job growth policies in Ohio. Specifically, the Chamber thanks Governor Kasich for cutting Ohio’s income tax in 2013 and it is pleased to hear his desire to reduce the income tax rate even further in 2014. The Chamber is also pleased to hear the Governor speak on education and workforce polices, which have been identified by the Chamber as a top priority while businesses work to identify future employees with the skills needed to fill the actual jobs that are available. The Chamber looks forward to working with the Governor on these common goals to grow Cincinnati’s regional businesses.”
Ohio Chamber of Commerce (Andrew E. Doehrel, President and CEO)
“Gov. Kasich has never been one to rest on his laurels and tonight he once again pushed a bold agenda, focusing on job creation, economic opportunity, and training a highly skilled workforce, all of which are critical for Ohio to succeed. We are pleased the governor understands the need to improve the business climate in Ohio and we trust the forthcoming proposals will achieve this goal.”
National Federation of Independent Business – Ohio (Roger Geiger, Vice President and Executive Director)
“NFIB/Ohio applauds the continued commitment of the governor and the Ohio legislature in fostering a pro-business environment to aid the state’s economic recovery. The past three and one half years have seen strong positives in personal income tax reductions; the tax small-business owners pay, regulatory reform and a focus on workforce development that meets the needs of Ohio’s job creators,” said Roger Geiger.
“With Ohio ranking in the top 10 in private sector job growth, we are also enthused to see a record set in new business start-ups in Ohio this past year, which is always a leading indicator in economic recovery.
The small-business community was impressed with the governor’s commitment in the speech tonight to further reduce the personal income tax rates in Ohio and continue the emphasis he and the Ohio legislature have placed on workforce development in regards to syncing the needs of the business community with appropriately trained individuals.”
Ohio Council of Retail Merchants (Gordon Gough, President)
“The Governor’s remarks show that his strong, innovative leadership will continue to focus squarely on the policies Ohio needs to restore our economy, families and communities. The Governor is to be commended for his new efforts to help Ohio’s mentally ill, fight drug abuse, help our veterans and improve our schools so every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Last but not least, we look forward to working with the Governor to lower taxes for all and strengthen families, businesses and communities across Ohio.”
This month, all four states have taken significant steps to join Ohio’s lead in calling for a federal balanced budget amendment.
The movement is growing.
To date, 20 states have officially called for a constitutional convention in order to take the necessary steps to approve a federal balanced budget amendment.
On November 25th of last year, Gov. Kasich, House Speaker Batchelder and Senate President Faber all signed letters to leaders in Washington DC and governors from across the nation to encourage them to join the effort.
Ohio is happy to see other states coming forward.
A lot of variables come into play when a business is deciding to expand. Gov. Kasich and the Republican legislature have worked hard to improve Ohio’s environment for job creation — streamlining regulations and cutting taxes — to reduce the cost of doing business and eliminating burdensome red tape that holds economic development back.
But when job creators are looking at locations to determine whether to grow and invest, they’re also looking for something just as important — stability.
When Gov. Kasich came into office, Ohio was facing the largest budget shortfall in state history — nearly $8 billion — and a once flush rainy-day fund had been spent down to a balance of just $0.89. Ohio’s fiscal condition was in serious jeopardy.
In partnership with the legislature, Gov. Kasich eliminated the shortfall without raising taxes, and transformed how Ohio government works with a focus on economic growth.
Since then, Ohio’s credit outlook has been upgraded, the rainy-day fund is up to a state-record $1.48 billion, and thanks in part to a more efficiently run state government, last year’s budget allowed for the largest tax cut in the nation — $2.7 billion returned to Ohio taxpayers.
Over the entirety of Gov. Kasich’s term, Ohio is 9th in job creation, but there is more work to do as we work to create new job opportunities statewide. And that includes continuing the strong stewardship of taxpayer dollars into the future.
As Ohio’s momentum continues, maintaining a focus on workforce training is key. This innovative program is helping to drive Ohio into the future.
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