State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today highlighted new signs pointing to continued improvements in Ohio's business climate as a result of legislative efforts in recent years.

2015 marks the sixth consecutive year Ohio has set a new record for entities filing to do business in the state and a 40-year low in the number of Ohioans filing for unemployment benefits.

“Another record-breaking year of attracting new businesses to file in Ohio is a sign that by providing tax relief and reducing the regulatory burden on small businesses and families Ohio’s economy will continue to grow,” said Manning.

In 2015, Senator Manning cosponsored legislation cutting the state's business filing fees by 21 percent, making Ohio's $99 filing fee the lowest fee in the Midwest, saving businesses an estimated $2 million annually. Following this effort, 9,746 new businesses registered with the Ohio Secretary of State's office in 2015, exceeding the previous year's record-setting number by 3,971 businesses.

The rising number of new businesses has contributed to the 385,000 new private sector jobs created since January 2011. Fewer Ohioans filed for unemployment benefits in 2015 than in any year since 1973. Initial unemployment claims have dropped by 63 percent since the recession ended in 2009.

"By making our business climate more competitive it has opened the door for new employment opportunities for Ohioans, highlighting Ohio’s positive economic outlook over the past several years." Manning added.

At 4.5 percent, Ohio continues to outperform the national unemployment rate of 5.2 percent.

Further steps toward improving Ohio’s business climate include cutting income tax rates to the lowest level since 1982 and continuing the state’s 75 percent deduction on the first $250,000 of income for small businesses, which is supplemented by the creation of a 3 percent flat tax for small businesses earning more than $250,000.

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"I am honored and humbled to receive this award today, and am grateful for the hard work of many coalitions and stakeholders who I have collaborated with on these issues," said Senator Manning. "It takes more than just one person to tackle the challenges Ohio faces, and I am fortunate to work alongside people in our community who are full of passion and caring."