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A liberal Ohio group is backing Gov. Kasich's tax plan -- with a 'but'
Coalition of 90 groups supports a broadening of the sales tax, but says the money should go to schools, local governments and poor people

Bill Cohen
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Conservative Ohio Gov. John Kasich is getting support for his tax-shift plan from an unusual source— a coalition of more than 90 groups that generally back liberal causes. But as Statehouse Correspondent Bill Cohen reports, those on the political left are backing only part of Kasich’s proposal and they’re pushing for a big string to be attached.

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The activist group One Ohio Now likes the general idea of applying a 5 percent state sales tax to dozens of services, but the group says the governor must drop his insistence that revenue from that tax broadening be used to pay for huge cut in the state income tax.

One Ohio Now says another income tax cut would help only the wealthy but not the economy and Ohio s shouldn't be handing tax money back, it should use  an expanded sales tax to bring in more revenue for schools, cities and the poor.

Even if the income tax cut were dropped from this tax shift, One Ohio Now says the sales tax broadening should be tweaked so low-income Ohioans could be reimbursed for the extra cash they’d pay in sales taxes on haircuts, movie tickets and funerals. 

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