Remember when John Kasich announced the Common Sense Initiative, aimed at helping Ohio businesses by reducing red tape, and his partisan critics howled that Ted Strickland already did that?
Tell that to Custom Culinary of Avon and the Lorain Morning Journal.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is making quick progress in the development of Gov. John Kasich’s CSI Ohio: Common Sense Initiative to cut red tape and burdensome regulations to make it easier for companies to do business and create jobs in Ohio.
That progress is certainly being felt in Lorain County.
The first case being addressed by CSI Ohio involves Custom Culinary of Avon. The company uses wines, beer and spirits in the production of soups, sauces and other food products for restaurant chains. Current state liquor regulations, however, prevent the company from buying the spirits at wholesale prices. Employees are required to uncork bottles of wine and open containers of beer to make products, resulting in higher costs to the company.
Taylor was made aware of the company’s problem from a letter she received last week from Avon Mayor James Smith. Yesterday she toured the plant to witness the cost in money and man hours caused by a questionable state regulation. This week, Sen. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), who represents Avon, is introducing legislation in the Ohio Senate to resolve the problem and allow Ohio food manufacturers to reduce their costs to be just as competitive as those in other states.
This administration promised to make Ohio more friendly to business again. Looks like they meant it.