LIMA — Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Mary Taylor’s re-election campaign accepted an important small business endorsement Tuesday in Lima.
Lt. Gov. Taylor appeared at the Lima Pallet Co. to accept an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio’s Save America’s Free Enterprise.
“Small business is the engine of our economy,” Taylor said.
In the work that Taylor and Kasich have done to make Ohio’s government more efficient, they have helped small businesses grow, according to Taylor.
For example, Taylor pointed out a small business tax cut, which, among other changes, has made it so small-business owners can take the money saved and invest it back into their businesses. Repealing Ohio’s estate tax in 2013 also had a significant impact on small businesses, according to Taylor, because businesses would be partially or completely liquidated when an owner died because of this tax.
Chris Ferruso, legislative director of NFIB/Ohio, said they made this endorsement based on overwhelming response to surveys they sent to their members. This is the second time NFIB/Ohio has endorsed Kasich and Taylor.
Ferruso praised the work Kasich and Taylor have done in the past three and a half years, especially getting rid of the “death tax,” making it easier for small businesses to hand their businesses to the next generation when the owner dies.
“Clearly we have turned the corner, the ship is being righted and we want to continue on that path,” Ferruso said.
Members of the organization are concerned about owning and operating their businesses with the least amount of government intrusion possible, according to Ferruso. Taylor addressed that in an interview after the event, saying that sometimes the government has to know when to keep out.
Tracie Sanchez, owner of Lima Pallet Co. and a 20-year member of NFIB, also highlighted some of the work Kasich and Taylor have done that made it easier for her to put money into her company, which has 49 employees.
Sanchez said she finds it difficult to run a small business.
“In the end I always try to remember that I keep 49 employed families together, food on the table, paying their bills, which drives me even harder to get involved and make a difference,” she said.
Taylor is a “big voice for small businesses,” Sanchez said. She said that because under Taylor and Kasich unemployment is down, the economy is better, and for her business, sales are up and it is moving the maximum number of pallets.
“Small businesses are growing, they are the engine of our economy and we need four more years to stay on this path,” Taylor said.
Taylor also expressed her enthusiasm that the 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland.