"Kasich said many of the House's vetoes could weaken the state's Medicaid program. His budget director said lawmakers didn't properly fund Medicaid in the 2018-2019 budget and the Medicaid-related veto overrides worsen the situation.
The Senate can only override vetoes the House has already voted to override." ... See MoreSee Less
Ohio voters & public officials must recognize and avoid Kansas' mistakes:
"As veteran journalist Dave Ranney concludes: 'For the past 6 1/2 years, social services in Kansas have been governed by a belief that the best way to ‘strengthen’ low-income families is to push parents into low-wage jobs by cutting their access to public assistance. At the same time, record numbers of children have been removed from their parents’ care.' All this with less funding and fewer professionals in the Department of Children and Families..." ... See MoreSee Less
After dismal collections in the fiscal year 2017, Ohio’s tax revenue has marginally improved, missing estimates for July only by 0.1%. Finally, though total tax revenue missed by only a tiny amount, it’s still the 10th straight month and 11th time in 13 months that tax collections failed to hit projections. ... See MoreSee Less
"'We've reduced hours, carefully chosen how to spend materials dollars and frankly all our money. But now we're facing another state funding cut that's a triple whammy.’
The library's circulation has increased by 59 percent since 2000, and yet the library saw more than a 26 percent decrease in funding, Library Director Kim Fender said in a testimony to the Ohio Senate Finance Higher Education Subcommittee in May.” ... 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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