Here’s House Minority Leader/presumptive House Speaker Bill Batchelder in August on Kasich’s plan to repeal the income tax:
“It was never his major proposal,” Mr. Batchelder said. “It was something he had discussed at one point, and very frankly I think that it’s very clear that with the economy where it is now, that kind of a change cannot be made.”
“When he originally said it he said very carefully that it depends on the economy,” he said.
[FLASHBACK:] Back in June, the Kasich campaign itself called the legislative proposal to repeal the income tax dead, too:
But a spokesman for the candidate tells us the measure being discussed was proposed by a state lawmaker — and has never been part of Kasich’s campaign.
The spokesman adds the income tax measure itself was defeated months ago, and is no longer even being considered.
Sounded dead as a doornail, don’t it?
Here’s presumptive House Speaker Batchelder today in the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Batchelder said the House also will hold hearings on a Republican bill that would eliminate the state’s income tax, although he cautioned that the plan might not be possible given the state’s looming budget deficit.
From “that kind of change cannot be made” to “first thing we plan to seriously consider” once we’re in charge. Now, he did admit the slight problem that given the $3-$8 billion projected deficit that the Republicans in General Assembly and Governor-elect Kasich have ruled out tax increases or any federal aid to the States to resolve, this might not be the best of time to think about repealing 44% of the State’s revenues, too. So we know there’s some cognitive recognition there.
Still, it’s amazing how quickly after the election that idea just came back to life, isn’t it?
I seriously regret that the Strickland campaign spent so much time fixated on Wall Street and Lehman Brothers that they didn’t do a single ad hitting Kasich on this income tax repeal.
And I cannot believe that the Plain Dealer gave future Speaker Batchelder a pass. Oh wait, yes, I can believe it.