The Ohio Chamber works to find, educate and empower pro-business advocates to take action, and champion a business friendly climate throughout the state of Ohio. On important legislative issues we will ask our members through our Action Alert updates to contact their state legislators to advocate for or against a specific piece of legislation.
TELL YOUR LAWMAKERS TO ELIMINATE BUDGET PROVISIONS THAT NEGATIVELY IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS
With the legislative process to create the state’s budget for the next two fiscal years nearing completion, lawmakers need to hear from you about how harmful a few proposed changes could be to your business.
In particular, there are three budget proposals that the legislature needs to entirely abandon:
- A provision that eliminates the current right to make a direct appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court from a decision of the Board of Tax Appeals. Uniform application of tax law is critical to good tax policy and overall economic competitiveness. Unfortunately, by eliminating the direct appeal, the costs of tax appeals would increase and tax law would be applied differently across Ohio. Your business could operate two facilities in two different places and have those operations taxed differently!
TO CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS TO TELL THEM NOT TO ELIMINATE YOUR ABILITY TO DIRECTLY APPEAL TO THE OHIO SUPREME COURT A DECISION OF THE BOARD OF TAX APPEALS, CLICK HERE.
- A provision that creates a new cause of action relating to firearms in parking lots. Last year, the legislature passed – over the Ohio Chamber’s objections – a law that allows individuals to store firearms in their privately-owned vehicles on employer property. The new change contained in the budget would exacerbate this problem by adding significant liability for all property owners and employers throughout the state. It allows any “injured” person to be awarded compensatory damages, equitable relief, and even attorneys’ fees and costs. Creating a new way to file a lawsuit against employers and private property owners is a step backward for Ohio’s legal climate. This issue is not really about guns … it’s about creating a new way for your business to be sued!
TO CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS TO TELL THEM NOT TO CREATE ANOTHER NEW WAY FOR YOUR BUSINESS TO BE SUED, CLICK HERE.
- A provision allowing up to 2% of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and Industrial Commission budgets to be transferred to the General Revenue Fund. This money is your money, as it comes from your business’ workers’ compensation premiums. This would set an extremely dangerous precedent of allowing the state to raid the budgets of these exclusively employer-funded agencies in order to fund general government operations.
TO CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS TO TELL THEM NOT TO USE YOUR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PREMIUMS TO FUND STATE GOVERNMENT SPENDING, CLICK HERE.
TO CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS REGARDING ALL 3 ISSUES, CLICK HERE.