Small businesses continue to be a critical component of our economy. Ohio must create a more friendly business climate in order to attract and retain businesses. We eliminated Ohio's estate tax effective 2013, which will eliminate one of the reasons our citizens move out of the state when they retire. We made progress in the past few years with legislation aimed at putting a stop to new regulations that are unfairly burdensome on our small businesses. However, more needs to be done. Burdensome taxes and existing regulation continue to interfere with the entrepreneurial spirit and drive of our citizens. I continue to work to make Ohio a top choice for starting, growing, and relocating businesses.