MOUNT VERNON — Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor was at Ariel Corp. on Wednesday to tour the production facility and talk with members of the National Federation of Independent Business.
“Part of the reason I’m here,” Taylor told the assemblage, “is to hear from you the issues and concerns you have that are preventing you from innocting a new technology, expanding your business or hiring more Ohioans.”
Taylor said her goal as the person in charge of the Ohio Common Sense Initiative is to look for ways to eliminate unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy that hampers entrepreneurship and job creation in Ohio. She gave some examples of how CSI, by working with various state agencies, has successfully addressed some regulatory issues that had a negative effect on Ohio businesses.
“We at CSI want to work with all of you to save a business,” said Taylor, “to save a job or create a job here in Ohio. ... We want our agency to be responsive to our customers, and our customers are all of you — the business owners and constituents all across the state of Ohio. We want you to believe that our regulations are fair and consistent, and rules are fair and consistent. We want you to feel that they are as inexpensive as possible to comply with.”
Taylor, who also serves as the director of the Department of Insurance, spoke about the impact the federal healthcare law might have on Ohio.