Making Ohio Stronger
by Policy Matters Ohio on September 13th, 2013
September 13th, 2013
Cuts hurt communities – Wendy Patton’s testimony before an Ohio House tax reform committee outlined how cuts in state aid have hurt local government services and employment. Numbers from the Kasich administration show that state support for local governments – separate from school funding – fell by nearly $1 billion, or 10 percent, between fiscal years 2010-11 and the two years of the current budget. This decline is affecting the quality of life across Ohio, and must be stopped.
Tax cuts aren’t helping – Zach Schiller laid it out to that same committee: Taxes don’t determine state economic success. Exhibit # 1 is Ohio – after increasing taxes in the 1990s under Gov. George Voinovich, the state generated more than 100,000 jobs three years in a row. In contrast, since tax cuts began in 2005, Ohio has underperformed the nation, losing a greater share of jobs than all but three other states.
Making Ohio stronger – Ohio’s electric utilities produce nearly half of the state’s carbon emissions and are among the worst polluting power plants in the country, according to a new report by Environment Ohio. Energy efficiency will make Ohio stronger and limiting power-plant pollution is essential. Want to take action against global warming? Learn how you can get involved at Environment Ohio’s Akron meeting September 18.
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