State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today responded to this afternoon’s unveiling of Gov. Kasich’s 2018-2019 biennial budget. 

“Though I agree with the governor that there are opportunities to improve our state’s tax structure, I believe shifting taxes from the wealthy few to the working and middle-class will continue to hold back our state’s economic development and job growth,” Boccieri said. “Creating a $3.1 billion income tax cut while increasing state sales taxes will hurt small businesses in border communities like ours, and it will weaken local communities. However, I remain optimistic that we can work together to make taxes fair while stimulating small business growth.”

Aside from a sales tax increase and broadening to help pay for proposed income tax cuts, other tax policy changes include an increase in the tobacco tax from $1.60 to $2.25 per pack and an increase in the state’s severance tax on oil and gas. The budget also proposes changes to Ohio’s College Credit Plus Program and a $200 million increase in support for some of Ohio’s k-12 schools.

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