COLUMBUS- State Representative John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) released the following statement in response to Gov. Kasich’s State of the State address in Lima, Ohio: 

 “In his first term, the Governor addressed Ohio’s budgetary issues with a variety of measures. These included keeping a significant share of the local government funds and tax dollars down state, while cutting much needed revenues for our schools.  The state and local impacts are evident by the number of levies on the ballot last November.  Now, with a two billion dollar surplus, the Governor has proposed more spending, to the tune of nearly $8 billion dollars, which will reduce the state’s revenues generated by income taxes to 20 percent and offset that revenue loss by broadening the sales tax for the services each of us use nearly everyday.  The net effect of these proposals appears to reduce disposable income for working families and that of our seniors on fixed incomes.  In a state that has historically maintained a progressive tax scheme, this approach seems regressive to say the least and benefits the few.   Only time will tell!”

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