Ohio’s leaders must constantly strive to make state government smaller, more efficient and more effective. With these goals in mind, Gov. John R. Kasich worked with the General Assembly in 2011 to enact a budget that cut taxes, streamlined regulations, and reformed government. The result? Ohio went from being almost dead-last in job creation to one of the nation’s top job-creators, our unemployment rate has decreased 50 percent faster than the nation’s and responsible fiscal management has earned Ohio a “stable” credit outlook from all three rating agencies.

To continue this rapid pace of much-needed progress, Kasich vowed not to wait until the 2014-15 budget process to seek additional needed changes but instead to unveil another major reform package in 2012. True to his word, his Administration conducted a top-to-bottom review of state government operations referred to as the Mid-Biennium Review (MBR). The product of this effort was a 3,500-page package of reforms building on last year’s success and furthering efforts to create a jobs-friendly climate in Ohio by, among other things, boosting education and workforce training programs, streamlining and improving management of government agencies and establishing a first-of-its-kind state energy policy.


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