By LOU WILIN
Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor trumpeted Ohio’s reduced unemployment rate and Gov. John Kasich’s support of small business while lunching with 14 Republicans Tuesday at Wilson’s Sandwich Shop in Findlay.
The Republican Kasich-Taylor ticket, up for election this year, won the endorsement Tuesday of small business advocates, the National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio.
Economists say small businesses account for about 80 percent of job growth. Since Kasich and Taylor took office in 2011, Ohio businesses have added 253,000 jobs, Taylor said while eating a hamburger and fries.
“See, I can eat and talk, right,” she said, drawing laughter.
Among her Republican friends sitting around the tables were Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik and Hancock County Commissioner Phillip Riegle, county Auditor Charity Rauschenberg, county Treasurer J. Steve Welton, and Hancock County Republican Party chiefs Jim Baker and Dick Larick.
Ohio’s 5.5 percent unemployment rate in May was the lowest it has been in seven years, Taylor said.
Kasich and Taylor and the Republican majorities in the Legislature keep pressing their advantage for the fall campaign against the Democratic Ed FitzGerald-Sharen Neuhardt gubernatorial ticket.
In recent months, Republicans in Columbus provided Ohio small business owners with a 75 percent tax deduction on their first $250,000 of income. Beginning in 2015, the tax deduction will be 50 percent on the first $250,000 of income.
“It’s good news for our small businesses, putting money back in their pockets, reinvesting in their business, hiring more Ohioans,” Taylor said.
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