The Ohio House version of Gov. John Kasich's budget will be release tomorrow. Lawmakers have signaled that there will $800 million less to work with than the Governor's original proposal.
But can Ohio meet the demands of our present challenges with even fewer resources? We should seek ways to create new revenue to invest in solving problems like the opiate epidemic, college affordability, and hunger in our communities. ... See MoreSee Less
In 2005, Ohio was promised new jobs and a stronger middle class in exchange for billions of dollars in tax cuts. These hopes have not panned out. Now, with a sluggish economy and fewer state resources for education and infrastructure, Ohio needs to consider a balanced approach to budgeting - which includes new revenue. ... 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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