News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government


Kasich set to unveil details of income tax cuts in his budget
Ohio Governor John Kasich's budget update is expected to include cuts on income tax, but increases on certain sales taxes.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


Reporter
Karen Kasler
 
Download (WKSU Only)

Republican Governor John Kasich's budget update bill comes out today, and it could include a tax hike to pay for a tax cut. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler has a preview.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:23)


The governor hinted at it in his State of the State speech last month.
 
“We’ve got to keep cutting taxes," Kasich said. "We have to keep doing it. That’s why I’m proposing another round of tax cuts that will finally succeed in getting Ohio’s tax rate below 5 percent.”

This budget correction bill Kasich’s team calls the mid-biennium review, or MBR, is expected to include another income tax cut. Kasich has said he’s interested in tax reform, and has also said he supports a move away from income taxes and toward sales taxes. And one tax that he’s said to be looking at is the state tax on cigarettes, which at $1.25 a pack is the 26th highest in the country.

Shelly Kiser is with the American Lung Association says her group would support such a move. 

“The only way we would be against a cigarette tax is if it is too low, amazingly enough, because that’s when it would not have that public health benefit," Kiser said. "So we’re still of course waiting to hear the details of what the governor has in store, but if it is a significant tax increase that has those good public health benefits that will really encourage people to stop smoking, then definitely we’re going to be in support of that.”

Anti-smoking advocates have long said they want cigarette taxes going to programs that help smokers quit. Kasich said in the State of the State speech he wants to spend $35 million in new tobacco settlement money on quitting programs. Kiser would like that upped to $50 million, but says there’s no need to put all the hundreds of millions that could be raised with the kind of cigarette tax increase she wants into those programs.  Kiser says Ohio has the 10th highest smoking rate in the country and notes that smoking costs add to the state’s huge Medicaid bill, so she’s like to see the tax go up to $2.75, but that seems unlikely.

In fact, Kasich may face an uphill battle to increase the tax at all, since the legislature is dominated by Republicans who have opposed tax increases in general. But he’s also likely to propose a new severance tax on oil and gas drillers, having said that the one House Republicans put together last year isn’t enough.

Listener Comments:

I love Kasich's proposals.


Posted by: lacrossemom14 (dayton) on March 13, 2014 10:03AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University