The “what John Kasich doesn’t understand about Ohio state government” posts are getting old, but get used to them. On Thursday, he opened his mouth and inserted his foot again, this time on the prospect of implementing a reduction in the state income tax.

Recent Ohio tax reforms included a phased-in reduction in the income tax of 21%. The final 4.2% drop in rates was to have gone into effect in 2009, but Governor Strickland and the Ohio legislature, postponed that reduction as part of a late-year fix in 2009 when the Supreme Court put a stop to its earlier slots-at-racetracks plan.

Throughout the campaign, Kasich frequently insisted that freezing tax rates at 2008 levels for 2009 and 2010 was a tax increase. So, gosh darn it, as Governor, he would implement that final reduction and reverse that tax increase. On Thursday, he stated: “We are going to pass a budget in June that will balance the budget and restore the tax cuts. (video courtesy of ohiocapitalblog.com)

Well, once again, Kasich is misinformed. And, once again, he is proposing to do something that Governor Strickland has already done. Because HB318, the budget fix enacted with the Governor’s signature in December, 2009, only temporarily postponed the tax increase for two years. Ohio law, as amended by HB318, already states that the final 4.2% reduction will take effect in 2011. So, on January 1, Ohioans will get their tax cuts, and Kasich will have had absolutely nothing to do with it.

 
  • Anonymous

    Kasich may be considering making it retroactive to last year. Thus, negating the freeze. http://www.onntv.com/live/content/onnnews/stories/2010/12/09/story-income-tax.html?sid=102

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  • Anastasjoy

    I don’t WANT my tax cut — a few dozen dollars or so. I want services for the needy to be maintained. I want increases in college tuition to be capped. I want local governments, schools, and library not to endure massive, crippling cuts. Here, TAKE my couple of dozen dollars — just don’t give them to your rich, greedy, corrupt friends, Kasich. I can hardly wait until the Plain Dealer goes out of business and there’s no one left to defend you.

  • Xx

    So he is going to cost the state even more money. What a fool.

  • David from Hilliard

    The first four years of the tax cuts came out, for my wife and I based on our gross taxable income, to $416. That’s $208 for each of us, $4 per week or less than 60 cents a day. I, too, would rather the state keep that 60 cents and adequately fund schools, libraries, parks, the arts – things I care about very much.

    My mother used to say it was easy to tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican. One will lend you a hand – the other will give you the finger.

    Mr. Kasich’s middle digit is already extended, and he hasn’t even taken office yet.

  • stickline65

    And lets cut education and forget about jobs creation or the future…..high speed rail and transportation oriented development.

    how does his salary get paid?

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Davis from Hilliard
    I love your mother — shes right —
    My grandmother would say of Kasich –“the day they handed out brains he tought they said trains and he missed his “

  • Ha! I love that. It’s going on Twitter.

  • Anonymous

    never mind the fact you cannot change rates for a tax year that has already ended. I guess he’ll have to construct some complicated new form that requires taxpayers to calculate their overpayment and apply for a credit. Lots of work for $52 or whatever it’s worth.

  • Anonymous

    never mind the fact you cannot change rates for a tax year that has already ended. I guess he’ll have to construct some complicated new form that requires taxpayers to calculate their overpayment and apply for a credit. Lots of work for $52 or whatever it’s worth.

  • Carla

    You’re wrong…one will give you a handout (democrats) and one will teach you to “grow your own corn.”

  • Guest

    No,the R’s won’t do anything because they hate teachers and anything to do with education for anyone who isn’t already rich or connected. They would call education “welfare for those uppity n’s”.” They wouldn’t pit on you if you were on fire. They are happy if you are “free” to be poor and homeless. Then you can’t vote them out. Just wait for things to get worse here then JK will blame Obama and the Dems. Or call you lazy and stupid!

    You and the rest represent 100% of nothing…….welcome to more of the same.

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