Statements about State Budget

"Right now, Texas doesn’t have an income tax and Oklahoma’s lowering their income tax rates, and guess what their severance tax is? Sky high."

Under Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal, "the top one percent in Ohio will pay $10,000 less in income tax each year, but Ohio’s working and middle class families will pay more."

"About two-thirds of all consumption is services. . . It was just the opposite" when the sales tax was enacted in the '30s.

"Kewpie burgers are delicious. An Ohio institution. And they'll cost less thanks to John Kasich's tax cut."

Ohio's judges, "compared to other similar states, are being woefully underpaid."

Says Mike Dovilla supports a plan "that could allow a foreign corporation to take over the Ohio Turnpike" 

Says Ohio's Issue 2 will create a redistricting commission that will "have a blank check to spend our money."

Cuts in local government and school funding in John Kasich’s budget caused "many communities to seek school levies, local tax increases, layoffs."

Lorain "is the poorest urban school district in the state of Ohio."

Says Ohio law gives tax breaks "to rich people who own private jets."

"Our rainy day fund has gone from 89 cents to $240 million."

"The total (state) payroll has gone down. The total amount of the number of workers in the state has gone down. I like the fact that the bulk of that is just by retirements."

Says the reforms in state Issue 2 "will save taxpayer dollars"

"Gov. Kasich and the Republican-dominated legislature have foregone the popular option of closing tax loopholes that amount to $7 billion annually in this state."

"Most of the state budget isn't for state government doing things. ... 85 percent of the state budget is transferred to local communities for delivery of service."

Says tax revenue was lower than expected in May and "that's basically a clear indication the governor's counselors are probably right -- that we are still not out of the woods yet."

The budget currently being debated "significantly decreases the use of one-time resources."

"Kasich’s budget increases state spending from $50.5 billion to $55.6 billion. This is the second largest, two-year spending increase in Ohio history."

Says the Ohio Consumers’ Council office employs 74 lawyers and that the funding them is wasteful duplication.

Says there are more federal dollars in Gov. John Kasich's budget plan than in the previous state budget.

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