Lately, Gov. John Kasich has a lot of questionable ideas about products and services the state of Ohio should begin taxing.
For example, grabbing a Kewpee burger or catching a movie at the Thunder Road Drive-In this spring? Kasich has proposed a new tax increase for that.
Taking a trip to Kings Island, Cedar Point, or even just Schoonover Pool? Kasich has a tax for that, too.
Not even the most heart-wrenching of personal circumstances, such as paying for funeral expenses or a lawyer to defend against a foreclosure, go untaxed in Kasich’s newest scheme.
Kasich claims all those new taxes are necessary to fund an income tax cut, but who will benefit the most from this scheme? According to a new nonpartisan study, with all of Kasich’s changes in place, those making more than $335,000 a year would get a handout of more than $10,000, while those making less than $51,000 would actually have to pay more than they do today.
Folks in and around Lima work hard to support themselves, and they understand that a few dollars and cents here and there really add up. Instead of implementing the largest tax increase in Ohio’s history to pay for handouts to the rich, shouldn’t Kasich look out more for the little guy? But this isn’t the first time the governor has shown a disdain for working families.
Two years ago, Kasich slashed more than $2.4 million from Lima City Schools. Allen County was hit even harder, losing more than $21 million in state funding for schools and public safety. To make up for Kasich’s cuts, more than 194 local communities — including Lima — have been forced to vote on more than $1.1 billion in local tax raises. It’s no coincidence that Lima voters — like voters in communities across the state — are now paying more than $135 in local “Kasich tax” increases to offset the governor’s disastrous budget priorities.
But the governor promised he’d set everything right with his plans for schools in this new budget. By all accounts, superintendents across the state initially believed him. But as the details about the governor’s plans for schools started to trickle out, optimism turned to cynicism, and the chorus of school administrators across the state began to claim they were “duped” by the governor. One administrator from Franklin City Schools went further, claiming the governor had lied about his plans for schools.
Who’s to believe, Kasich or local school administrators? The only thing we can know for sure is that the numbers don’t lie, and despite any promises to the contrary, Lima City Schools receive less state funding today than they did before John Kasich took office. No fancy words from the governor change that.
Tonight, as Kasich makes lots of promises he’s sure to break, remember that the surest predictor of future behavior is past action. When the governor asks for your trust, remember Senate Bill 5, his cuts to your schools, favoritism to the rich, and that under his newest scheme, the tax man will certainly cometh.
Chris Redfern is the Ohio Democratic Party Chairman
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