The House removed a $3 billion tax shift and increased funding to fight the opiate epidemic. But the House's re-write also cut Kasich's proposed increases to higher education and added new work requirements for Medicaid recipients. ... See MoreSee Less
The House Budget is a major improvement upon the governor's initial proposal. It eliminates Gov. Kasich's $3 billion tax shift and includes no additional income tax cuts, which is great news for maintaining Ohio's public services.
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“Responding to desperate pleas for more treatment beds, lawmakers propose expanding in-patient treatment and transitional housing, including a pilot project to use available beds in nursing homes for addiction treatment and detox.” ... See MoreSee Less
The Ohio budget allocates about $35 billion dollars through the ‘General Revenue Fund’ (GRF) each year toward our schools, roads, public safety, and public health. We all benefit from these smart public investments. The budget is often the most important piece of legislation passed, because it establishes the resources and priorities for the state.
Is Ohio’s tax system fair?
Everyone pays something. The state has income and sales tax and local communities have property taxes. When all state and local taxes are taken together the wealthiest Ohioans pay about 6% of their income toward state and local taxes and the poorest Ohioans pay about 12%. This is because sales and property taxes are ‘regressive’ – they are a set rate not based on income. As we cut state income tax, the public sector relies on sales and property taxes more.
How do Ohio’s taxes compare to other states?
It is difficult to compare state taxes, because each state has a different structure. The average Ohioan pays a comparable amount of state and local taxes as individuals in other states. Most states are within 1% of each other for the total tax load for the average citizen. Instead of comparing our tax system, we should compare the outcomes – poverty, economic growth, poverty, hunger, high school graduation rates, etc.
How do taxes impact the economy?
At a state level, there is very little impact from state tax policy on the economy. Research has found little to no truth behind the claim that tax cuts will grow the economy or increase state revenue. People are not going to leave Ohio if tax rates on the wealthiest Ohioans go up. What is the impact of tax cuts on the economy? They mean less revenue to invest in our schools, bridges, and public health systems. That means fewer teachers, fire fighters, and construction workers.
What should we do to improve Ohio’s tax system?
Ohio should make sure that the wealthiest Ohioans and corporations pay their fair share so that we have enough revenue to invest in great public services that strengthen our communities. By restoring recent tax cuts, Ohio could have billions of dollars to invest to reduce college tuition, rebuild crumbling infrastructure, and make it a bit easier for families struggling to get by.
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