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Bill Proposed to Phase Out Ohio Income Tax

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Bill Could Phase Out Ohio Income Tax

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    To many people not having to pay state income taxes sounds like a good idea, but opponents of a bill that would phase the tax out over the next 10 years, call it a catastrophe.

    The funding could disappear under Ohio House Bill 400, which seeks to eliminate the state’s income tax over a 10-year period.

    READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/live/content/local/stories/2010/05/26/story-columbus-bill-proposes-phasing-out-income-tax.html?sid=102

    #376142

    gramarye
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    As always, I am impressed with the erudition and cordiality of the Dispatch commenters. (I know it’s 10TV, but it’s basically all the same.)

    #376143

    GW_Justice
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    This is just as crazy as it sounds. The bill doesn’t say anything about replacement with some other form of income, just a graduated cut to 0% income tax in 2019.

    The Rs have a real problem with these anti-tax nuts. There are 31 co-sponsors. I’m sure it is some kind of teabagger initiative that most of the reps have signed on just to pander to that base, but wow – didn’t they learn from the Rand Paul affair that you can go too far in supporting the baggers?

    #376144

    Bear
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    love election season

    #376145

    Brant
    Participant

    Right on, Bear.

    #376146

    thepiece
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    This is just insanity.
    Ohio desperately needs to improve its infrastructure and increase its educated workforce to economically compete. Abolishing one of the primary sources of revenue to achieve these goals would do nothing but undermine these goals.

    Of course this will be justified with a claim that by cutting the income tax, this will make our state a free market paradise and instantly produce an economic rebirth.
    Which always leaves me wondering….what happened to all of that economic growth that was predicted to occur when Taft cut taxes during his second term?

    #376147

    joev
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    Eliminating a tax with no plans for specific budget cuts or revenue replacement is reckless, irresponsible governance. Ohioans heard loud and clear during the last state budget cycle that budget cuts mean service cuts, and I don’t think many people outside of SW Ohio have the stomach for eliminating another 45% of the state budget.

    #376148

    gramarye
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    Well, there are at least a few states with no income tax, including Washington state, not exactly a GOP stronghold, so it is at least possible. However, one would hope that the model for how the government *would* be funded would take place alongside the much more PR-friendly discussion of how it *wouldn’t.*

    #376149

    joev
    Participant

    gramarye wrote >>
    Well, there are at least a few states with no income tax, including Washington state, not exactly a GOP stronghold, so it is at least possible. However, one would hope that the model for how the government *would* be funded would take place alongside the much more PR-friendly discussion of how it *wouldn’t.*

    Yep. I know some states can do without income taxes, but like you said, they have other sources of income in place to pay the bills.

    I’m not concerned so much with the size of government for its own sake, as the supporters of this bill seem to be. I want the right size of government to deliver the services the people need and want.

    #376150

    Bear
    Participant

    @Fake_Dispatch BREAKING: Ohio to replace Income Tax with Internet Dumb-ass Tax; fining users for every stupid comment they make in the Dispatch forums.

    #376151

    drew
    Participant

    Bear wrote >>
    @Fake_Dispatch BREAKING: Ohio to replace Income Tax with Internet Dumb-ass Tax; fining users for every stupid comment they make in the Dispatch forums.

    I’m sold.

    #376152

    kit444
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    Bear wrote >>
    @Fake_Dispatch BREAKING: Ohio to replace Income Tax with Internet Dumb-ass Tax; fining users for every stupid comment they make in the Dispatch forums.

    At even a nickel a comment, we’d have enough revenue to eliminate all other taxes.

    #376153
    rus
    rus
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    kit444 wrote >>

    Bear wrote >>
    @Fake_Dispatch BREAKING: Ohio to replace Income Tax with Internet Dumb-ass Tax; fining users for every stupid comment they make in the Dispatch forums.

    At even a nickel a comment, we’d have enough revenue to eliminate all other taxes.

    Budget like that, and you’re looking at door to door maglev service. Heck, even politicians couldn’t spend ALL that money on hookers and blow.

    #376154

    gramarye
    Participant

    joev wrote >>

    gramarye wrote >>
    Well, there are at least a few states with no income tax, including Washington state, not exactly a GOP stronghold, so it is at least possible. However, one would hope that the model for how the government *would* be funded would take place alongside the much more PR-friendly discussion of how it *wouldn’t.*

    Yep. I know some states can do without income taxes, but like you said, they have other sources of income in place to pay the bills.
    I’m not concerned so much with the size of government for its own sake, as the supporters of this bill seem to be. I want the right size of government to deliver the services the people need and want.

    I am deeply concerned with the size of the federal government per se, but the size of the state government is less concerning to me because (i) we have a balanced budget requirement, (ii) the exit option is easier to exercise, and (iii) the size is simply smaller.

    #376155

    kit444
    Participant

    rus wrote >>

    Budget like that, and you’re looking at door to door maglev service. Heck, even politicians couldn’t spend ALL that money on hookers and blow.

    “Hookers and blow for everyone!” I think I have my campaign slogan.

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