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News & Notes October 24, 2013

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News: Ohio house mulls simplifying municipal income tax, Youngstown Vindicator Notes: Tax systems should always strive to be easy to administer, but we cannot sacrifice sufficiency for simplicity. This bill has a carve out for businesses that will allow a profitable business to claim a previous financial loss. We need municipal income tax reform that will simplify the process without costing local communities revenues that they invest into great public services that lead to stronger communities. 

News: Lawmakers may have both OK’d language allowing Medicaid expansion in budget bill, and the ban Kasich vetoed, Plain Dealer Notes: Medicaid expansion was passed through the Controlling Board, which is a body that authorizes the executive to spend money allocated from state and federal sources. In a massive bill, such as the budget, there are many appropriations and many policy statements. The Ohio budget (HB 59) actually included language that gave the power to expand medicaid to the new office of Medicaid, and language (that was vetoed) to stop expansion.  

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