Common Sense comes to aid of Ohio business
By BEcky Brooks
Brian Dicken, Northwest Regional representative for Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s office, talked to the Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday at the Club House at the Willows.
The regional official said that Taylor’s office has been working to eliminate unneeded paperwork and regulations in Ohio.
The program is called The Common Sense Initiative, or CSI.
“It’s our piece of the overall culture of how we do business in the state,” Dicken told a small crowd at the luncheon.
He said in Taylor’s first 18-months in office, the office has worked from the bottom up finding unwarranted regulations.
“We never promise we are going to fix every problem that is going to come along,” he said.
The goal is to have all state agencies fill out a questionnaire about regulation changes and have them address five areas: The purpose of a rule; who the stakeholders are; what is the impact on business community and list any new fees; what flexibility is built in for the small business community; and are there a duplication of efforts.
“We don’t want to create extra bureaucracy and rules,” he pointed out.
After forms are filled out, they are reviewed and the office can aid an agency in tweaking regulations before they go into affect.
Dicken said the office is relying on businesses to let CSI know if there is a problem or duplication of regulations that they are dealing with.
The office has been able to assist some individual businesses with making regulation changes to help promote business growth.
There is now also the “Buckeye Forever” plan for education that allows any Ohio high school graduate who leaves the state to return and attend a state university at in-state rates, he said. In the past, once they left Ohio, state graduates were charged out-of-state tuition at colleges, he said.
For assistance or more information visit CSIOhio@governor.ohio.gov or find CSI Ohio on Facebook.