Holiday season successes

Joe Uecker
With Christmas and New Years just days behind us, we now have time to slow down a little and look at what made the holiday season so important.

Despite the influx of commercialism and the superficiality that can so often be associated with the holiday season, it is chiefly characterized by acts of generosity and prioritizing time to spend with loved ones. Another year has passed and this was the perfect time to consider the many blessings that we are surrounded with – most especially, our families. I was fortunate to have taken a little time away from the job to spend with our children and grandchildren. It was revitalizing and rejuvenating.

During the holiday season I was encouraged to see people donate time and money to serve those who were forced to do without this season. From toy drives and coat drives to community dinners, many did their part to make this holiday season special. What is so great about this time of year are the many examples of community members rallying around the cause of caring for one another.

I hope you too were able to take time this season to slow down and enjoy good food, good company and age-old family traditions. Perhaps you were as lucky as I was to gather your family and friends around you and let the burdens of the past year fade into the background as you look toward 2012 with a renewed sense of hope.

While the work that was accomplished in 2011 was near historic and record setting, we look forward to even more successes in 2012. The Republican leadership’s repetitive goal is “jobs.”

To start the New Year, we have Senate Bill 2 effective Jan. 1. This new law creates the “Common Sense Initiative Office (CSIO)” that evaluates rules that may have an adverse impact on businesses with power to mitigate those rules that obstruct business success. It also creates the “Small Business Advisory Council” composed of small business representatives to advise the CSIO on adverse impacts of draft rules. I have already submitted a half dozen rules for that new office to reconsider on behalf of business constituents.

Since January of 2011, Gov. Kasich’s “JobsOhio” program authorized by House Bill 1, has been involved in 246 business projects that created or retained 82,785 jobs with a payroll of nearly $4.8 billion and $3.2 billion in new capital investment. That’s real progress.

In future articles I will continue to update you on our progress.

It has been my great privilege to represent you and your family this past year as I serve on your behalf in Columbus. I will continue to work hard to represent you and your needs in the coming year.

Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) is the state representative serving the 66th District.