Letter to the Editor, The Toledo Blade

Raising the sales tax on middle-class Ohioans so that millionaires can pay less income tax is a bad policy idea proposed by Gov. John Kasich (“Kasich budget stalls as key GOP allies balk; Lawmakers resist tax, Medicaid proposals,” March 24). Not only is it bad for Ohioans, it also is bad for the state’s business development.

During public hearings, Kasich administration officials have failed to answer critical questions about how the sales tax will be applied to different businesses. This already shows that the sales tax hike will be a source of confusion for the business community.

During testimony in the Ohio House, many businesses have come out against Governor Kasich’s tax plan. They warned that it would kill jobs and have a devastating effect on some small businesses.

Republican leaders in the Ohio General Assembly recently requested options to Governor Kasich’s plan. They know that it is flawed and bad for the overall economic growth of the state.

We should not be raising taxes on small businesses and middle-class Ohioans. It is imperative that Governor Kasich listen to the thoughts of the business community and Ohioans, so that we are not taking two steps back when we try to rebuild our economy.

EDNA BROWN
Ohio Senate 11
Toledo

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