"I can’t believe the gross moral negligence of Congress letting this program hang in uncertainty. It’s a recipe for a sick society, literally. Without preventative care, sick kids become sick adults." ... See MoreSee Less
BREAKING: "The plan floated by House Republican leaders that would fund the government through Feb. 16 and fund the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years." ... See MoreSee Less
"It is very hard to prioritize your health, the needs of your family. It's very hard to prioritize anything other than survival, without housing," said Erika Clark Jones, CelebrateOne executive director. "And we want our moms to do more than survive, we want them to thrive. And that's why it's important for us." ... See MoreSee Less
A central Ohio coalition that seeks to reduce the region's high infant-mortality rate has received a grant of about $991,000 to help 50 pregnant women in extremely low-income areas find and pay for ho...
“Gene Krebs, a former county commissioner currently running for a Dayton-area state Senate seat, proposed creation of a state-fueled equalization fund totaling $110 million over two years to attempt to fill the gaps primarily for smaller, rural counties struggling with stagnant local tax bases.” ... See MoreSee Less
COLUMBUS — A Republican former state representative and local government advocate on Wednesday proposed a way to supplement aid to counties whose state support has declined in recent years while dem...
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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