No word yet on what John Kasich got Joe Hallett for his birthday.

Here’s a question Joe Hallett wrote on Sunday, but didn’t ask John Kasich at his most recent press conference: “How will Ohio pay for its schools if it kills income tax?

Hallett, of course, ignores the fact that State Rep. John Adams, who Hallett criticized, merely introduced the same tax plan as John Kasich:

Are you prepared, [John Kasich], to raise the state sales tax by 6 cents to a national high of 11.5 cents on the dollar? That’s how much would be needed to replace revenue lost by killing the income tax. How do you think your friends at the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the National Federation of Independent Businesses would react to more than doubling the sales tax?

Hallett, then gives Adams a public history lesson he’s never given Kasich:

“Without the income tax, how will you keep schools open? The tax was instituted by the General Assembly in 1971 because financially ailing schools all over the state were closing. When Republicans asked Ohioans to repeal the tax a year later, the voters opted by a 69-31 margin to keep it.”

Hallett mocks Adams’ prediction that no income tax=job growth, but ignores that Adams is merely parroting Kasich’s talking points:

You also said that eliminating the income tax would lead to robust economic growth and new jobs, and would stem the tide of Ohioans leaving the state for Florida and other states without an income tax.

Of the nine states without income taxes, six, including Florida, have higher sales-tax rates than Ohio, according to a study by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. And five of the states have higher per capita local taxes than Ohio.

(Gee, where have I heard that before?!?  In a totally unrelated item, NOBODY reads blogs…)

Hallett then ends the column with praising Kasich for something Kasich hasn’t done:

Wisely, Kasich appears to be inching away from the idea, because he knows he might actually have to govern.

No, what Kasich has done is claimed he will repeal it in a “responsible” manner, which has loosely been defined as having it paid for by the anticipated economic growth (i.e. “Magic Revenue Fairy”) that Hallett just mocked Adams for relying on. 

Meanwhile, Brent Larkin at the Plain Dealer also points out that Kasich’s tax plan= John Kasich is worse than Ken Blackwell.

Coincidentally, the Ohio Democratic Party has a new web app calculator that can help you figure out how much Kasich’s tax plans will costs your local library, fire and law enforcement agencies in state funding.

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