All of the above supported the TWENTY PERCENT SALES-TAX INCREASE,
supported expanding the Sales-Tax to include many services, increased the
FEE's in Ohio to DOUBLE all FEE Revenues, supported a 124 percent tax
increase for cigarettes, increased the Driver-License and License-Plate renewals
by $11.00 (each), voted for increasing the Ohio Gasoline-Tax by 2 cents per gallon
each year for 3 years (second increase coming July 1st 2004), supported Ohio's
entry into the Multistate Tax Commission and into the Streamline Sales Tax Project
to eventually require all "out-of-state" retailers to charge you the Ohio Use-Tax if
you choose to shop via the Internet or Mail-Order (this SSTP has already been
partially required of Ohio businesses (when dealing with Ohio Consumers) putting
the Ohio Business at a still further uncompetitive position with the Ohio consumer),
and, they have all expanded the "tax-breaks" (in the name of Job Creation) to
continue to errode Ohio Tax Revenues and FAIRNESS which will make it almost
impossible to perform any "real" Tax-Reform in Ohio. EVERYONE OF THE ABOVE
LEGISLATORS COMPLETELY IGNORED THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES TO DEVELOP A
QUALITY TAX SYSTEM IN OHIO, AS WELL AS, ADDRESS THE SCHOOL FUNDING
ISSUES IN OHIO THAT THE OHIO SUPREME COURT RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL
All "Job-Creation" projects, created by the General Assembly (of the State of Ohio),
are increasing the taxation requirements of Ohio Individuals and small Ohio Businesses
in favor of providing the "GIMICKS" to attract new and/or to retain current jobs with little
consideration on the overall impact it has on most Ohioans. They (the Ohio General
Assembly and the Department of Development) decide who pays taxes, and who doesn't.
They see nothing wrong in requiring those that have less to pay more, so that others can
have more. They are the ones that are deciding on who can compete in this "Global-
Economy". They also do not except that there should be "Equal-Opportunity" in the
United States, at least within Ohio. They are the real "financial-predators" effecting the
average Ohioan who (by their actions) are widening the "gaps" between the various
income classes, by continuing to "sweep" tax-reform under the carpet.
The State of Ohio is spending up to $250,000.00 (OF OHIO TAXPAYER MONEY) FOR
EACH "NEW" JOB CREATED (Scioto County), as well as, allowing 100 PERCENT
TAX-ABATEMENTS (FOR BOTH REAL-PROPERTY AND PERSONAL-PROPERTY TAXES
for 15 years) plus 36 percent State-Income-Tax Credits for 17 years
FOR ZERO NEW JOBS ADDED IN OHIO (Franklin County) !
The State of Ohio must have money to burn since they allow Economic Development
Packages to be put together like those, indicating that they must not need any of those
tax-revenues to provide basic services for those jobs, but they do need those same
tax-revenues from everyone else! WHERE IS THE FAIRNESS FOR
ALL OHIO TAXPAYERS?
IT IS NOT THE FAULT OF THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION.
IT IS THE OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY (Senate/House) who has chosen
this path for Ohio - Any Ohio Legislator who is stating that they helped to
lower and/or cut "taxes" to create (or save) jobs in Ohio is only admitting
that they "helped to arrange" for "tax-breaks" for a few, which means most
other Ohio Taxpayers will have to pay more for those lost revenues.
Every "Think-Tank"/"Tax-Policy" Organization in the U.S.A.
has indicated that the worst thing that a State Government could do
(during a economic downturn) would be to "increase taxes", and if
any State did increase its taxation, it would see a slower recovery.
Not only did Ohio have the biggest tax increase in it's
history, the State Legislators are putting a much higher
"tax-burden" onto individual Ohio taxpayers, as well as,
destroying the economic activity "within" the State of
by making Ohio Businesses less competitive
with their customers who are within the State of Ohio!
On top of that, they are "giving away" BILLIONS of
DOLLARS (of Ohio Taxpayers money) by participating
in "Job Creation/Retention" Tax-Credits/Abatements
which requires most Ohio Taxpayers to pay higher
taxes, so that a few pay lower taxes. In fact, they just
expanded (by fifty percent) this billion dollar giveaway
effective June 9th, 2004 using an "emergency-clause"
so that it can take effect immediately. They (legislators)
have no intention of controlling their spending, nor for
any real "tax-reform" in Ohio - its just empty words!
If a State, County or City has developed a need to
have a tax (in order to provide a service and/or cover
their operational cost), then that tax revenue would be
assumed to be collected from all taxpayers. However,
the State Legislators (and Governor) have been taking
those necessary "tax-revenue" dollars, and excusing
(in the name of Job-Creation) many other Ohio taxpayers
from the requirement of paying those taxes, yet these
same individuals complain about "tax-loopholes".