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

Don Drumm Studios


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 and Politics

Advocates for poor see positives in Kasich's budget update
But one group is concerned that the overall tax burden continues to shift down the income scale

In The Region:

Advocates for low-income Ohioans say there’s a lot to like in Governor John Kasich’s update of the state’s two-year budget.

But one group claims the tax burden continues to slide toward lower end of the income scale.

Kasich’s 1,600 page mid-biennium review released earlier this week looks like an election year document – it’s got something to please almost everyone.  In his budget update proposal Kasich calls for an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the personal exemption for low- and middle-income Ohioans. The governor’s update also includes an 8.5 percent cut in income taxes across all levels.

The budget also streamlines the state's fragmented workforce training system, and boosts career education.

Jon Honeck is the director of public policy for the Center for Community Solutions in Cleveland. He says he’s pleased with the governor’s focus on vocational training.

“Some of the positives are the emphasis on workforce development and education. Having programs around mentoring, some initiatives around dropout prevention and also reaching out to folks who never completed a high school diploma.”

While Honeck commends these initiatives, he’s concerned with how the state plans to fund them and pay for the $2.2 billion in income tax cuts over the next three years.

“We are concerned overall about the revenue package that’s in here in the sense that the income tax is being cut, other taxes are being raised but overall it looks like it’ll be a net loss of money to the state. And this comes on the heels of big tax cuts that occurred in the budget that was just passed last year and other big cuts to the income tax a few years ago as well.”

Honeck says the overall tax relief for low-income Ohioans may end up being a wash.

“What you might see is a decrease in the state taxes, which may in fact be offset by local governments having to increase their taxes to make up for some of those losses and the services that they can provide. Part of this just really depends on how it plays out.”

Honeck says Ohio has been steadily reducing income taxes and moving toward consumption based taxes, such as sales and property taxes.  He says the net effect is a larger percentage of the tax burden moving toward low-income families. 


Add Your Comment


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


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Kasich campaign evokes dark images of a Trump presidency

Backers of legalizing marijuana in Ohio promise to be back in 2016
We should be aloud to grow more than 4 plants and not have to register with the state considering it will be a free market.

Akron says it's had no second thoughts about welcoming refugees
What business does Councilman Neal own on North Hill? I'd love to support him. I am so glad to have the refugees in our neighborhood. I have lived here for 25 ...

Scarborough says the University of Akron is trying to rebuild relationships
In order for the University of Akron to grow and become a desirable place for students across Ohio and elsewhere, it must address the crime problem in the Akron...

Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite wants to end pay-to-play sports fees at Ohio's schools
You can bet Hite and Husted will also rush to the rescue of the Academic Challenge team, the speech-and-debate squad, the Science Olympians and the chess club. ...

Ohio lawmakers consider new gun bills
States that have gun restrictions/cities have reduced gun violence is false. CHICAGO has some of the toughest gun laaws/restrictions but yet fun violence is off...

Cleveland's public transit system considers fare increase for 2016
I work with individuals with disabilities. Yes some of my folks need more help than the average person. As a whole, the group I work with however can manuver ju...

Community group sues to re-open part of Wadsworth hospital
My father was part of the founding group of citizens which started the "new" Wadsworth/Rittman Hospital. For some reason the leadership for the future of the ho...

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents painters who loved their gardens
brilliant masterpiece, Greetings from

Copyright © 2015 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