The Ohio House of Representatives voted today on the state’s budget corrections bill, House Bill 483, by a vote of 58-32. Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) opposed the legislation, citing its failure to fix Ohio’s regressive tax policies—instituted in the state’s last budget bill—that disproportionately benefit the rich and are paid for by the middle class, seniors and budget cuts to schools and communities.

“At a time when wages are stagnant, this tax shift deals another blow to the middle class,” said Rep. Patterson. “Worse yet, by the state underfunding public schools and local governments, we have essentially crippled two leading ingredients for a full economic recovery – an educated workforce and a well-maintained infrastructure. Our schools and local communities have been forced to ask for more local revenue to make ends meet. In the final analysis, we are experiencing a sales tax increase and 12.5 percent property tax increase – clearly the tax burden has been shifted.”

In addition to upholding a 4.5 percent sales tax hike, that cost Ohioans $63 million last holiday season alone, the bill failed to reverse a 12.5 percent property tax hike for new and renewal levies.

Democratic legislators fought to remove tax hikes implemented in the previous budget, but most proposals were dismissed by the GOP-controlled budget committee. House Bill 483 will now head to the governor’s desk for his expected signature.

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