State of Ohio Archives: on Tax Reform


JD Vance: Tax "social justice" nonprofits, pay down their endowments

A principal target for GOP opponents of woke capital, Vance suggests, should be capital held by nonprofits like Harvard and the Ford Foundation "that are destroying our country." In a speech earlier this month before the conservative Claremont Institute, Vance said, "All across the country we have nonprofits, big foundations, that are effectively social justice hedge funds." They should be forced to pay tax and to pay down more of their endowments, he said.
Source: The New Republic on 2022 Ohio Senate race May 27, 2021

Bernie Moreno: People should keep more of their hard-earned money

People should keep more of their hard-earned money. I'm on the side of freedom and treating the American people like adults who can make their own decisions.
Source: 2021 Ohio Senate campaign website BernieMoreno.com Apr 19, 2021

Jane Timken: Taxes would stifle economy, destroy jobs, harm families

Benjamin Franklin famously said "in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes." I'd add one more to that list: that Democrats will raise your taxes. Though Ohioans have a little more time to file this year, April 15th is a yearly reminder of the frustrations that come with Tax Day and the government's constant hand in our families' cookie jars. Joe Biden is proposing a multitude of taxes that would stifle the economy, destroy jobs, and harm Ohio families.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch on 2022 Ohio Senate race Mar 26, 2021

Jane Timken: Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge opposing tax increases

Now more than ever, we need fewer taxes, less government intervention, and less regulation. As your U.S. Senator, that is what I will fight for. I will protect your pocketbooks by speaking out against radical spending and dangerous tax hikes. I am the only candidate in this race that has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, formally committing to oppose tax increases so that Ohio families can keep more of their hard-earned dollars out of the hands of the government.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch on 2022 Ohio Senate race Mar 26, 2021

Jim Renacci: Trump tax cuts enable companies to invest in innovation

Q: Support President Trump's tax cuts?

Sherrod Brown (D): No. "Outrageous that Senators . would try to take health care away from working families . to cut taxes on corporations that send jobs overseas."

Jim Renacci (R): Yes. They enable Ohio companies "to invest in workers, innovation, & future generations."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Mike DeWine: Supports Trump tax cuts; exempt capital gains taxes

Q: Support President Trump's tax cuts? Ohio tax policy?

Richard Cordray (D): No. A "terrible deal" that helps the wealthy. No current plan to increase OH taxes, but shift some allocations.

Mike DeWine (R): Supports Trump tax cuts. No tax increases for OH. Exempt capital gains taxes for investment in economically distressed communities.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Richard Cordray: Trump tax cuts were a terrible deal that helps the wealthy

Q: Support President Trump's tax cuts? Ohio tax policy?

Richard Cordray (D): No. A "terrible deal" that helps the wealthy. No current plan to increase OH taxes, but shift some allocations.

Mike DeWine (R): Supports Trump tax cuts. No tax increases for OH. Exempt capital gains taxes for investment in economically distressed communities.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Sherrod Brown: Trump tax cuts apply to corporations that send jobs overseas

Q: Support President Trump's tax cuts?

Sherrod Brown (D): No. "Outrageous that Senators . would try to take health care away from working families . to cut taxes on corporations that send jobs overseas."

Jim Renacci (R): Yes. They enable Ohio companies "to invest in workers, innovation, & future generations."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Sherrod Brown: Help working families instead of millionaires & corporations

Last fall, Congress and the White House had a chance to come together and pass a bipartisan tax reform bill that put more money in the pockets of working families and created good-paying jobs in the United States. Instead, Washington leaders chose to give handouts to millionaires and corporations that send jobs overseas.

While the typical pharmacy worker or restaurant cook or cashier or janitor in Ohio will see an average tax cut of just $33 a month, someone making more than $830,000 a year will rake in $5,100 every single month in tax cuts. And the bill actually created a new set of incentives to reward corporations that outsource jobs.

We were promised that the corporate tax cuts would end up in workers' pockets in the form of higher wages. Instead, corporations have used their tax cut to buy back more than $700 billion of their own stock since the law passed. Stock buybacks don't support workers--they are a financial sleight of hand to boost shareholder profits and CEO bonuses.

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer OpEd for 2018 Ohio Senate race Aug 14, 2018

Mike Gibbons: Opposes higher taxes on the wealthy

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Higher taxes on the wealthy"?

A: Strongly oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Ohio Senate candidate Apr 24, 2018

Richard Cordray: Does not back tax bill; not enough benefit to middle class

Richard Cordray, a Democrat running for governor in Ohio described the tax bill as a "terrible deal" that helps the wealthy. In a speech Cordray told the audience about his efforts to help consumers and fight big banks while serving as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. When an audience member asked Cordray to weigh in on the federal tax bill that was in the works at the time (it later became law), he said it wouldn't do enough to help the middle class.
Source: Politifact Fact-check on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Jan 30, 2018

Mike Gibbons: Cut taxes, flatten tax rates

Here's what we need to do:
Source: 2018 Ohio Senatorial website GibbonsForOhio.com Oct 15, 2017

Joe Schiavoni: End tax cuts for rich to support schools

Schiavoni will reverse the tax shift that has drained money from schools and given tax cuts to the rich.
Source: 2018 Ohio Governor website JoeForOhio.com Aug 17, 2017

Nan Whaley: Shift tax burden to rich

Nan Whaley has been a persistent critic of state funding cuts to local governments and says wealthier Ohioans are not paying their fair share in taxes.
Source: Dayton Daily News on 2018 Ohio Gubernatorial race May 8, 2017

Jim Renacci: Our tax code is broken; comprehensive reform needed

Few Americans will dispute that an overhaul of our tax code is long overdue. There have been more than 4,400 changes to the tax code in the last 10 years, or more than one per day. This approach to reform is not efficient or effective, we need a comprehensive overhaul.

As a Certified Public Accountant and former business owner for nearly 30 years, I can attest that our tax code is broken. It is too complex, contains too many loopholes, and serves as a barrier to job growth. I have advocated for a simpler tax code that will encourage our small businesses to hire and expand, while also providing relief to individuals and families who continue to grapple with the complexities of our current system.

Comprehensive tax reform will lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs and a healthy economy. It's time for a fairer, flatter tax code that is more transparent and accountable to the taxpayer.

Source: 2018 Ohio gubernatorial campaign website renacci.house.gov May 2, 2017

Mary Taylor: Reduce personal income tax; eliminate franchise tax

As a state legislator, Taylor was instrumental in passing Ohio's 2005 tax reform package that reduced personal income taxes by 21 percent. The measure also eliminated the tangible personal property tax, the corporate franchise tax and the inventory tax imposed on businesses. She was a member of the House Finance, Ways and Means, and Education committees and was recognized by the United Conservatives of Ohio as a "Watchdog of the Treasury." The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation's largest small-business group, also named Taylor a "Guardian of Small Business" for her outstanding voting record on behalf of Ohio's small-business owners.

Taylor began her career in 1990 with a national accounting firms. She served as director of another firm's tax department and senior manager of the employee benefits practice.

Source: 2018 OH Governor campaign website governor.ohio.gov Mar 11, 2017

John Kasich: $3 billion in tax cuts for job creators

We've gone from very high taxes across the board to the largest tax cuts in America, including tax cuts for the working poor, which is a very important part of our philosophy. We're seeing wages grow faster than the national average, and the unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest level in more than a decade.

[My budget represents] the ideas that are producing the economic growth which is making so many of the other good things possible. These accomplishments are sending a message to job creators around the state, around the country, and around the globe that Ohio is open for business. When I tell them that we were $8 billion in the hole and now we're $2 billion in the black, that we've got $3 billion worth of tax cuts, that we've got a private sector entity that can respond to them quickly--it's hard for them to believe. But we've been able to keep growth in check so that there's money to give back to Ohioans in the form of a $500 million tax cut because we have restrained ourselves.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Ohio Legislature Feb 24, 2015

Josh Mandel: I'm proud to pledge for lower taxes

Brown criticized Mandel for signing a pledge not to raise taxes, saying it would handcuff him in making budget decisions to balance the budget and reduce the federal debt. He said it ran counter to Mandel's pledge not to be beholden to any interest group.

"I'm proud to stand up for lower taxes," Mandel said, adding that he would do anything to "lower taxes across the board for the middle class and for job creators."

Source: Cincinnati.com coverage of 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Sherrod Brown: Anti-tax pledges handcuff budget decisions

Brown criticized Mandel for signing a pledge not to raise taxes, saying it would handcuff him in making budget decisions to balance the budget and reduce the federal debt. He said it ran counter to Mandel's pledge not to be beholden to any interest group.

"I'm proud to stand up for lower taxes," Mandel said, adding that he would do anything to "lower taxes across the board for the middle class and for job creators."

Source: Cincinnati.com coverage of 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Josh Mandel: Eliminate the death tax; it's an unjust double taxation

Mandel called for the loosening of regulations on farmers and elimination of the so-called "death tax," which he said was an unjust double taxation that stole money from hardworking farmers.

Mandel's priorities were a threat to the middle class, a Sherrod Brown spokesman said, citing the candidate's failure to support the auto bailout, which the Brown campaign said saved 850,000 Ohio jobs.

Source: Dayton Daily News on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Sep 4, 2012

Michael Pryce: Consumption tax gets government off our backs

Pryce advocated "getting government off the backs of companies" and allowing the dollar to "run" in the free market. A consumption tax would raise revenue and cut taxes on businesses, so our goods become affordable and generate a market here and abroad, raising the value of the dollar, he said.
Source: Cleveland Jewish News coverage of 2012 Ohio Senate Debates Mar 2, 2012

John Kasich: Lower taxes to create competitive climate

While Ohio's problems are daunting, I believe they are fixable--but only by creating a business environment that rewards investment & increases wages. With forward-thinking, solutions-oriented leadership, we can transform Ohio into a model of job creatio and economic vitality that other states will want to follow.

To succeed we must lower taxes--Create a tax climate that allows Ohio to compete with other states to attract new businesses, foster job creation, and keep our precious, existing jobs here

Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, kasichforohio.com Nov 2, 2010

Lee Fisher: Let Bush tax cuts expire for millionaires

On taxes, Fisher supports extending tax cuts for the middle class but letting them expire for millionaires and billionaires. Portman contends that any tax increase would hurt the fragile economy.

"Let's focus first on what policies got us into this recession," said Fisher, "because we can't afford to go back to the same people and the same policies that dug us the deepest economic ditch in most of our lifetimes."

Portman painted Fisher as the status quo responsible for the economic woes.

Source: Dayton Daily News coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Rob Portman: Any tax increase would hurt the fragile economy

Portman painted Fisher as the status quo responsible for the economic woes. "The fact is, Ohio is losing ground and we need to catch up," Portman said.

"Let's focus first on what policies got us into this recession," said Fisher."

On taxes, Fisher supports extending tax cuts for the middle class but letting them expire for millionaires and billionaires. Portman contends that any tax increase would hurt the fragile economy.

Source: Dayton Daily News coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Lee Fisher: 2005 tax cut reduced Ohio taxes by 16.8%

The candidates challenged each other over jobs and taxes and who is best able to help revive Ohio's battered economy.

Fisher said Portman has backed trade policies that have sent Ohio jobs overseas. He repeatedly sought to tie Portman to economic policies of former President George W. Bush, in whose administration Portman served as trade representative.

Portman said Fisher's proposals would mean job-killing higher taxes. "You can't continue to raise taxes," he said.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland implemented a tax cut in 2005 that resulted in state income taxes that are 16.8 percent less than they were in 2004, said a spokeswoman for Fisher, Ohio's lieutenant governor [under Strickland].

Source: Business Week coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 8, 2010

Lee Fisher: Let tax cuts on wealthy expire, to pay for health reform

Health care reform should not be paid for by raising taxes on the already-strapped middle class. Asking hardworking Ohioans mired in recession to pay higher taxes actually undermines what is for me a central goal of reform. In particular, health care benefits should not be taxed.

It would of course be naive to think that reform has no cost. We must look at a wide variety of other mechanisms to provide the funds needed for reform. For example:

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, fisherforohio.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Mike DeWine: Some ads had mistakes, but say Brown votes against tax cuts

DeWINE: When it came time to help the middle class with tax cuts, a tax cut that has taken five million Americans off the tax rolls, that has given the average Ohioan $2,000 per year, Sherrod Brown voted no time and time again.

BROWN: Mike, you know better than that, too. His whole ad campaign is fabricated on making up stuff about taxes.

DeWINE: My ad campaign is based on votes that you cast. You just want to run from your record.

BROWN: Mike ran an ad of the World Trade Center on fire. The problem is, he doctored the ad.

DeWINE: Have you ever denied the facts in that ad? I said there was a mistake made in the picture, but there was no mistake in the facts.

BROWN: He didnít fire the ad agency.

Q: Was there any factual mistake?

BROWN: Well, other than doctoring a photo?

Q: Well, you made that point.

BROWN: Thatís a pretty important point.

DeWINE: He wonít answer the question. The facts are correct.

Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press Oct 1, 2006

Sherrod Brown: DeWineís ads doctor WTC photos to distort my record on taxes

DeWINE: When it came time to help the middle class with tax cuts, a tax cut that has taken five million Americans off the tax rolls, that has given the average Ohioan $2,000 per year, Sherrod Brown voted no time and time again.

BROWN: Mike, you know better than that, too. His whole ad campaign is fabricated on making up stuff about taxes.

DeWINE: My ad campaign is based on votes that you cast. You just want to run from your record.

BROWN: Mike ran an ad of the World Trade Center on fire. The problem is, he doctored the ad.

DeWINE: Have you ever denied the facts in that ad? I said there was a mistake made in the picture, but there was no mistake in the facts.

BROWN: He didnít fire the ad agency.

Q: Was there any factual mistake?

BROWN: Well, other than doctoring a photo?

Q: Well, you made that point.

BROWN: Thatís a pretty important point.

DeWINE: He wonít answer the question. The facts are correct.

Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press (X-ref DeWine) Oct 1, 2006

Bob Taft: 3-year tax holiday for high-tech start-ups

We must make Ohio a more attractive place to launch a high-tech firm. While most high-tech start-ups donít turn a profit in their early years, they often owe a significant net worth tax. So today, Iím proposing that new high-tech firms be exempted from that tax during their first three years of operation. Letís give start-ups a fighting chance to succeed!
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Ohio Legislature Jan 24, 2001

Charlie Wilson: Supports progressive state income tax

Q: Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?

A: No.

Source: 1998 Ohio Legislative National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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