Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) voted in opposition Wednesday to House Bill (HB) 157, legislation that would prohibit the collection of income taxes from workers who aren’t physically in an office inside the city or village limits.
“This fiscally dangerous and short sighted legislation will erode financial stability for local governments and reduce funds for safety forces and essential city services,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.
The bill comes as many Ohio workers remain on work from home status amid the coronavirus pandemic. Opponents of the bill say the changes could undercut local government budgets, with some cities set to lose millions of dollars in revenue. Democrats said these shortfalls could threaten the ability for communities to fund emergency services and other essential programs.
Democratic lawmakers offered several amendments to the bill during House session Wednesday, including measures that would:
- Extend current temporary tax rules that charges taxes for people’s worksite location through 2022. Democrats said that cities could lose millions of dollars in revenue and threaten funding for emergency and essential services.
- Requires the Director of Public Safety to study and report on reductions in law enforcement personnel and other public safety services due to revenue losses resulting from the bill.
House Republicans rejected both amendments.
After clearing the House, HB 157 moves to the Senate for consideration.