These days, there is a lot of action and debate going on at the Statehouse. We already have passed a number of good bills during this General Assembly, and more bills continue to come across my desk. What pleases me is that the focus of these bills has been to turn our state's sour economy around, saving money and creating jobs.
For a number of years, it seems Ohio has fallen behind on business. Not only have we neglected to build up the businesses within our borders, but we have neglected to attract those from other states and have ignored how difficult of a process it can be for someone to start a new business.
Without these jobs, we are at a severe disadvantage to other states. Our economy lacks, and it hinders our families.
As a result of these challenges, the Ohio House of Representatives recently passed legislation to form JobsOhio, a non-profit, private entity that will work in developing business in our state. The senate voted in favor of JobsOhio as well, and Gov. John Kasich has signed it into law.
Although we might be used to this role falling on the Ohio Department of Development, JobsOhio will be working in conjunction with ODOD, making job creation in Ohio an even quicker and easier process.
How is it quicker, though? JobsOhio is headed by a nine-member board of business leaders. These leaders know the ins and outs of how the business world works in today's society. They quickly can address the issues business owners and entrepreneurs face, creating a stronger job market and removing government bureaucracy that could unnecessarily hinder the efforts of the businesses.
Having too much regulation and inefficiency is harmful to our state's economy. Having JobsOhio in the private sector ensures our agility so we can take advantage of budding business opportunities. Also, we can carve out a path of better policy for economic development in the future.
With the innovative approach Ohio is using through this law, we are taking the first steps in making sure our state can grow, becoming competitive with not only other states, but other nations around the world.
During such difficult economic times, it's vital that we formulate actions and put them in place to cultivate the right conditions for business growth. JobsOhio does just that, and I'm proud to be representing you and your family as we debate this and other legislation that will play an important role in your everyday life.
As always, feel free to contact me or my office with any questions or concerns you have regarding our state's future. Your idea could be the next solution for Ohio's recovery.