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NFIB Small Business Day at the Capitol

Join Small Business Owners From Across Ohio At

NFIB Small Business Day at the Capitol

 June 3, 2015

Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square & Ohio Statehouse Atrium 

OPGA members may attend the 2015 NFIB/Ohio Small Business Day at the Capitol scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, 2015.  The event will take place at the Sheraton - Downtown Columbus before moving to the Ohio Statehouse for a luncheon with state legislative leaders.NFIB is allowing OPGA members to join NFIB members in this opportunity to come to the statehouse and talk with lawmakers about the importance of small businesses to Ohio's economy. 

Mark your calendars and register today!

8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

General Session which includes:

  • Ohio Senate President Keith Faber
  • Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger
  • Presentation of Guardians of Small Business & the Small Business Champion
  • Roundtable Panel Discussion on Workers' & Unemployment Comp, Tax reform and the State Budget
  • On additional special guest speaker to be announced
Noon - 1:15 p.m. Legislative Luncheon at the Ohio Statehouse

Following Lunch - Legislator and/or Session Visits


This event will be held as the new, biennial budget is being finalized, and state tax reform promises to be a hot-button issue.  There is no better time than now for lawmakers to see and hear from the small businesses that create the jobs that drive our economy!  We hope you can attend and join the hundreds of fellow small-business owners on June 3!

To register please complete the registration form below to reserve your spot today! You can fax it back at 614-221-8677 or email it back as a PDF file to Jesse Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cost is $40 for the first OPGA member ($25 for additional employees).

For further information, contact Jesse Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 614-221-4107.

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Strips Most Kasich Tax Proposals from Budget Bill

House Approves 6.3% Income Tax Cut

After weeks of studying the sweeping proposals from Gov. John Kasich in his executive budget for FY16-17, House Republicans unveiled their version Tuesday that largely strips out the proposed sales tax expansion to consultants and others as well as the severance, tobacco and CAT taxes and dedicates more money to school districts so that fewer will lose funds in the next biennium.

The House proposal will give a 6.3 percent across-the-board income tax cut beginning in Tax Year 2015 worth $1.2 billion over the biennium, which will lower the top tax rate to 4.997 percent. The substitute bill will also make the 75 percent small business tax deduction that was adopted by the 130th General Assembly permanent.

Read more: Strips Most Kasich Tax Proposals from Budget Bill

House Committee Sends Transportation Contracts Bill to Floor

On March 24 the Ohio House of Representatives Judiciary Committee unanimously approved HB 71 which would prohibit certain indemnity agreements in motor vehicle carrier transportation contracts.

Written proponent testimony was provided by Jeff Smith, director of government affairs and general counsel for the Professional Independent Agents Association of Ohio. He made the following statement:

Read more: House Committee Sends Transportation Contracts Bill to Floor

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