Ohio has cut our state income tax 7 times in 10 years. The foundation of a strong economy continues to be reliable infrastructure, an educated workforce, and safe communities. Tax cuts erode our public investments in things like roads, schools, and public safety services. On Monday October 20th, legislation was introduced (HB 639) that will eliminate Ohio’s income tax over the next 10 years. Elimination of Ohio’s income tax will cost Ohioans over $8 billion a year in public investments.
Since the 2005 tax cuts, Ohio has lost jobs and reduced spending on education, community services, and public safety in our local communities. Tax cuts simply have not worked. Before any further tax cuts in Ohio – let alone eliminating the revenue entirely – Ohio should decide what kind of state we want. Ohio could strengthen the foundation of our communities and economy by reducing college tuition, expanding pre-school access, and making our communities safer. Common sense public investments, like these and others, will strengthen our communities and improve the quality of life for all Ohioans.