Despite what folks like the Buckeye Institute want you to believe, Ohio’s tax burden isn’t suffocating individuals and driving away business- and it isn’t even close to being the highest in the nation.

A new report from the Ohio Department of Taxation reveals that:

“The state tax burden in Ohio fell to 38th in the nation last year when ranked on a per capita basis.” This “represents a marked decline from 2005, when Ohio’s per capita state tax burden ranked 27th.”

And while the selfish, tax-hating wingnuts might be cheering this news (actually, they’re probably complaining it’s still too high)- it’s not good news for the state.

Accordng to the Blade “income tax collections tanked” last month and the state is still facing a “best-case-scenario shortfall of $733 million.”

Which means more state employees will be fired and more services will have to be cut or not expanded as planned (like healthcare).

Personally, I’d rather pay the extra few buck in taxes so that the largest employer in our state (state government) doesn’t have to fire more workers and so that less-fortunate citizens and their kids can get the healthcare and dental care they need.

But hell – that’s why I’m a Democrat, I guess.

  • I don’t know if you saw my post on school levies or not, but the Education Tax Policy Institute is another great source of information. The ranking you look at here sounds like the burden of state personal income taxes (I didn’t click through)… but local property taxes in Ohio are relatively high compared to other states, which results in levies failing at a 50% clip. The GOP administrations of previous years and the GOP leg. have been gradually shifting tax burden from the state to local governments and school boards. Not good policy.

  • Sure Ohio’s taxation isn’t so bad, as long as you don’t live or work in a municipality or county.

    Add in the local taxes and you get a different story.

  • PS: Burden, not burdon!

  • ha! fixed.

    I’d like to claim it was a typo – since I only mispelled it in the title.

    But I think I was just daydreaming about bourbon… and I just mixed the two together.


  • @4: A very common error, I might add!

  • Are you calling me ‘common’ Eric?

    So what if there are over 75 thousand results in google for ‘tax burdon’!

  • @6: i was speaking of the bourbon on the brain…

  • There’s absolutely no reason you can’t kick in more to the state budget.

    So why don’t you it you feel so passionate about it?

    Why is it you can only be generous when other people kick in?

    This is the same deal as the school district drivel you spewed last week.

    You think the government is a wise conservator of resources, kick in. Maybe some of us would like to give that money to others who we think will do a better job with it.

  • By the way.

    ODOT has become a defacto state lobbying group for the state. I notice that this doesn’t include, municipal tax, school district income tax, CAT tax, personal property tax, state franchise tax, worker’s comp, state unemployment.

    Ohio’s worker;’s comp rates are THE highest in the country. Every state in the country allows you to by workers comp insurance from a competitive insurance market.

    I have a client with no loss history paying 20% in every payroll dollar just in worker’s comp premiums.

    You would write him off as a greedy capitalist. I would call him out of business and all the workers that worked for him… unemployed.

  • So what is your solution, Gordon?

    Get rid of the BWC?

    How about this as better solution: if we had universal healthcare in this country then we wouldn’t need most of the services of the BWC and your client wouldn’t have to pay as much.

  • That’s where your ignorance shows.

    Universal health care will do nothing for worker’s comp. Very little of the worker’s comp fund is actually spent on medical expenses. The majority of the fund is spent on administration, another large chunk is spent on wages when the worker cannot work.

    My solution? How about letting people buy it like they do regular insurance which is allowed in nearly every state but Ohio.

    We could cut worker’s comp cost, injured workers would be much better served (just ask my father who had to go through the nightmare called worker’s comp) and Ohio would see the flight of businesses to tax friendly states.

    By the way, you keep avoiding my main point, when are you going to send a check to the state and schools that you think are doing such a great job with our money?

    I’ll make a deal with you. If you can show me documentation where you have actually voluntarily kicked in to a state, local or school district tax fund, I will triple it.

    Are you really being generous if you’ll only kick in when your neighbor does it?

  • We all know the BWC is spending too much thanks to years of corrupt Republicans helping out their biggest donors in the managed care industry.

    And yes- I am avoiding your ‘main point’ because it’s not a serious question.

    No one wants to pay more than their fair share of taxes.

  • It is absolutely a legitimate question..

    “Personally, I’d rather pay the extra few buck in taxes so that the largest employer in our state”

    You said that… I didn’t.

    So I’m challenging you to put your money where your mouth is.

    “No one wants to pay more than their fair share of taxes”

    You said that as well. You seem to have a keen knowledge of what is fair and what is not.

    So I’ll challenge you on this one.

    I’m rich…. How much should I pay? Who is the arbiter of what is “fair” as it relates to taxes?

    I’ll finish this comment with a question for this “progressive” blog. democrats have run every major city in this country; you can’t find a republican with a search warrant in cities like Detroit, Washington DC, New Orleans, etc.

    What will we find in these cities run by “progressives”? slums, high crime, high taxes, high unemployment, crappy schools, etc. You won’t find that in the suburbs run by republicans.

    So exactly what is it about “progressive” government that’s, well, progressive.

  • Really? You really think that problems in urban neighborhoods are somehow caused by Democratic mayors?

    And that rich people moving out of the city owe the quality of their little suburban towns to the amazing leadership skills of their Republican mayors?

    Columbus has a third-term Democratic mayor and Columbus is doing great. Of course I’d like to think that this is because the mayor and city council made some good choices along the way- but we both know that’s only part of the equation.

    Anyway, I’d also like to point out that Mike Bloomberg is a Republican as was Giuliani before him.

  • If Columbus is so wonderful why is there so much traffic on I-270 because everyone lives in the suburbs?

    I don’t have the stats but I’m guessing the murder rate inside the city of Columbus, led by democrats, is three times the murder rate of all the adjacent counties combined. And how many parents, who care about their kids, would send them to a Columbus city schools over schools in UA, Dublin, Westerville, etc?

    The fact is, people are leaving the “blue” areas in droves and the stats back it up.

    By the way, New York is a much better place to live after Guiliani and Bloomberg than it ever was during the Koch/Dinkins era. Thank you for making my point and giving me some good stuff for my blog.

    The horrible shape our cities are in are either caused by a) horrible democratic leadership or b) a dysfunctional electorate that elects democrats.

    Pick your poison.

  • ooh! Scary poor people live in big cities run by Democrats and want to shoot my kids at school!

    Better move out to the suburbs and commute 45 mins (each way) back into town for work.

    I guess the traffic means a lot of people think like you. Which, I suppose, is why they elect republican mayors.

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