Category Archives: Taxes

Ohio’s Severance Tax Policy Should Look Beyond 17th Century Economics

In his 2015 State of the State Address, Governor Kasich argued that Ohio needed to increase the tax on oil and gas extraction—the severance tax—because removing oil and gas from the ground makes Ohio poorer.  Is this true?  Is Ohio …

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Takeaway from State of State: Ohio Needs to Adhere to Sound Tax Principles

When DHL Express pulled out of Wilmington during the throes of the Great Recession in 2008, the Mayor said the city took a “gut punch.” That story is one of the big reasons Governor Kasich decided to take his annual …

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The Buckeye Institute on State of Ohio Talking Taxes and Spending

Our Greg R. Lawson was on The State of Ohio news program opposite Policy Matters Ohio’s Amy Hanauer on February 20.  The video is below.  

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Medicaid Expansion Relies on Uncertain Funding

Ohio stands to lose up to $1.3 billion in expected revenue by 2022 after a likely rule change by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would close a Medicaid funding loophole. Buckeye Institute President Robert Alt cautioned …

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Containing State Spending is Key for Tax Reform

Governor Kasich’s proposed budget for FY 2016-2017 contains some positive features, but overall it continues the trend of unchecked growth in state spending. The Governor’s proposal expends an additional $912 million of the state-funded portion of the General Revenue Fund. …

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Lame Duck Legislation, Not Necessarily Fishy or Fowl

Columbus is currently abuzz with the “lame duck.”  By all accounts, the origin of the phrase “lame duck” is 18th century London.  It referred to, quite literally, a duck who could not keep up with the rest of the ducks in …

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More Must be Done for Real Municipal Income Tax Reform

Forty of the fifty states have NO municipal income tax. Not only is Ohio saddled with a municipal income tax, but ours is among the “most complicated, absurd, and punitive” local tax system in the nation, according to numerous experts. As Ohio’s …

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