Governor John Kasich’s latest plan to pay for an Ohio income tax cut with a variety of tax hikes has prompted criticism from leading taxpayer advocates at National Taxpayers Union and Americans for Tax Reform.
Municipal income tax reform legislation House Bill 5 (HB 5) was recently reintroduced in the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee, and the revised version has met sharp criticism from several large taxpayer advocacy groups.
Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s newly announced plan for expanding Medicaid coverage to 500,000 additional state residents is drawing withering fire from his conservative base and at least one prominent outsider, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) President Grover Norquist.
City officials in Marietta, a southeastern Ohio town located on top of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, credit the oil and gas industry with helping to boost the local economy and increasing tax revenues as a result. After noting that some portion of local companies’ higher profits may have been due to layoffs, Marietta […]
The editorial board of The Columbus Dispatch encouraged Governor John Kasich to press on with his plan fund a statewide income tax credit with a tax hike on oil and gas “fracking” in a December 5 editorial. Arguing for the wealth redistribution aspect of Kasich’s severance tax proposal, the Dispatch editors demonstrated why they are […]
Governor John Kasich stood by his proposal to increase severance taxes on oil and natural gas “fracking” in Ohio, framing the plan as a boost for small businesses on the backs of Big Oil during a question and answer session at an Ohio Farm Bureau event. Marc Kovac of Ohio Capital Blog posted a video of […]
Matt Mayer of conservative think tank Opportunity Ohio has released a paper disputing ten claims used to support Governor John Kasich’s push for a tax increase on the oil and gas industry. The paper was published August 23 on the Opportunity Ohio website. Kasich, a Republican, spent much of the spring and summer promoting a […]
In an exclusive interview with Media Trackers Ohio, State Representative Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) revealed plans to introduce legislation to eliminate the so-called “Olympic medal tax” on Ohio residents competing in the Olympic Games. Numerous Ohio-born athletes are competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, including archer Jacob Wukie; boxers Terrell Gausha and Rau’Shee […]
State Representative Dorothy Pelanda, when asked to sign a pledge not to increase Ohio’s oil and gas severance taxes, replied to a constituent with a thinly-veiled threat against the Ohio Tax Pledge. Instead of responding directly to the citizen’s request, Pelanda copied and pasted a section of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) which spells out […]
Last week Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) notified Ohio legislators of an independent pledge against increasing the state’s oil and gas severance tax rate. “Should you be opposed to the Kasich severance tax plan, ATR fully supports your decision to vote your conscience and sign the no severance tax pledge,” ATR wrote in an email […]