Throughout the last 18 months, my colleagues and I in the Legislature have worked to improve Ohio's business climate in order to encourage job creation and retention. We've implemented the Common Sense Initiative to cut through unnecessary government red tape and eliminate those rules and regulations that act as barriers to job growth, and we've transformed our approach to economic development with the creation of JobsOhio. Thanks to these and other efforts, Ohio now ranks first in the Midwest in job creation. Our work is not done, however. If we are to get more people working, we must continue to make our state an attractive place to do business. To that end, legislators recently approved a new incentive for companies whose employees work primarily from home. Home-based employment has grown rapidly in recent years, as individuals seek more flexible working hours and reduced work-related expenses. Additionally, home-based employment provides numerous career opportunities to those with disabilities or mobility restrictions, and enables workers to embark on a new career without the costs associated with relocation. House Bill 327 establishes a six-year trial period during which companies that utilize homebased employees would be eligible to receive an Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit if they meet certain requirements. Companies must create a minimum of 200 jobs in order to take advantage of the credit, and must also provide certain benefits to their employees. The legislation also requires a report to be issued at the end of the trial period that details the effects of this incentive on hiring trends in Ohio. House Bill 327, which I co-sponsored, was signed by the Governor earlier this month and will take effect in September. If we are to continue the progress we have made in creating a better business climate and encouraging investment in our state, then we must ensure that we have the capabilities and workforce that are in demand by today's employers. Legislation like House Bill 327 will give us the competitive edge needed to help create new job opportunities in our state, and will help companies attract and retain workers. As always, I welcome your thoughts and concerns about any of the matters we are discussing at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-0626, by e-mail at or by writing State Senator Scott Oelslager, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215. I look forward to hearing from you.
Senator Oelslager represents Ohio's 29th District which contains portions of Stark County. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee. For more information, please visit
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