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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Ohio House Passes Measure Urging Selection Of Camp Ravenna As Missile Defense System


State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Mike O’Brien (D-Warren), Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the Ohio House for unanimously passing Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 8, which calls on the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (USMDA) to select Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center as the preferred site for a future east coast Missile Defense system. MDA, a sub-agency of the Department of Defense (DOD), announced its consideration of Camp Ravenna among two other locations for a potential future deployment of additional ground-based interceptors for homeland defense.