Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor was in Zanesville Tuesday afternoon speaking to the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.
Taylor discussed the controversy surrounding the protests in Columbus and believes that the passing of Senate Bill 5 would ultimately help the tax payers.
"It's about creating jobs, it's about transforming the way the government operates, it's about giving local communities and schools more tools to manage their costs," said Taylor.
She said they are not increasing taxes and that cuts are going to be very difficult to make, especially since the state is battling a nearly $8 billion deficit. She said they also plan to focus on economic development.
"Ohio is not competitive from a business perspective, small businesses leave our state for better opportunities elsewhere," she said.
Taylor said one way to make this happen is to work with local communities so residents can express their problems and also provide possible solutions. She adds that government transparency is important.
"The public needs to know how the government functions, how it operates, but I think most importantly how it spends your tax dollars,"
The budget is expected to be finalized within the next two weeks.