Rep. Cera: Tax Study Committee Should Focus On Middle Class Relief, Targeted Severance Tax Reinvestment
2020 Tax Policy Study Committee convened first official meeting last week
October 29, 2015
 
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State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) joined colleagues last week for the first official meeting of the Ohio 2020 Tax Policy Study Committee, a panel created to review the state’s tax policies and develop a plan that reflects Ohio’s changing economy.  Rep. Cera, the ranking member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, hopes the study committee will make modifications to tax changes in the state budget that are set to negatively impact local communities and public education.


“Ohio needs to modify its tax structure in a manner that is fair for all Ohioans – not just the wealthy few,” said Cera. “We need to focus on growing our economy from the middle out, creating good-paying jobs, and restoring cuts to local communities.”


Last Thursday’s hearing included an overview of the state’s tax structure and revenues provided by Ohio’s Tax Commissioner, Joe Testa.  The tax commissioner also provided summaries on the local taxes collected by school districts and local governments.


In the coming months, the Ohio 2020 Tax Policy Study Committee will also examine the current severance tax rate and recommend changes to benefit communities in the shale region of the state while also helping the oil and gas industry continue to expand.


“I strongly believe that a portion of any new severance tax must go back into the shale counties to improve infrastructure, fund essential services like police and fire and restore the cuts made to local communities,” said Cera.


Rep. Cera represents Ohio’s 96th House District.

 
 
 
  
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