COLUMBUS—State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) offered an amendment in House Finance Committee during final deliberations of SB 64, the biennial state budget bill, Monday.  Rep. Cera and other Democrats were concerned with Republican plans to simply reduce the income tax, which they believe favors the wealthiest Ohioans:


“I’m proud to bring this amendment to you which provides a tax cut in a lot of ways and to a lot of people. It’s a good middle class tax cut. It provides an income tax of 6.3% for the first 7 tax brackets. In addition, it provides a 2.6% sales tax cut, effectively taking the sales tax from 5.75% down to 5.6%."


“I believe this amendment not only provides a tax break to the important middle class, but it provides tax cut to all tax payers in Ohio and a tax break to all businesses who will see less of a sales tax they will have to pay in their transactions.”


Rep. Cera’s amendment was tabled.

 
 
 
  
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