As we recently reported, Governor Kasich’s latest budget proposal aims to provide a huge state income tax cut to wealthy Ohioans while shifting the tax burden down to regular folks in the form of an expanded sales taxes.

A quick review of the new services that will be taxed¬†seems to indicate that Governor Kasich has completely abandoned fun. ¬† Here’s a quick list from Gongwer:

  • Admission to cultural events
  • Admission to professional sports events
  • Admission to school and college sports events
  • Amusement park admission & rides
  • Billiard parlors
  • Bowling alleys
  • Cable TV services
  • Circuses and fairs — admission and games
  • Coin operated video games
  • Membership fees in private clubs.
  • Pari-mutuel racing events
  • Pinball and other mechanical amusements
  • Rental of films and tapes by theaters
  • Dating Services
  • Fishing and hunting guide services



We won’t be surprised if Kasich tries to tax other “fun” stuff too, like ….

  • mimes and magicians
  • clowns and wedding singers
  • laser tag
  • roller skating
  • roller coasters
  • machine gun rentals
  • porn downloads
  • shooting range time
  • lap dances

We’ll leave you with Jon Spencer – who, we imagine, would be none to pleased by Kasich’s new taxes…

  • dmoore2222

    I’m sure new companies will be dying to come to Ohio over this.

  • westparkguy

    Don’t die in Ohio. You are now going to be taxed for funeral services.

  • Did he take out laundromats? That doesn’t seem to fit in the “fun” category and does seem like piling on those who can’t afford washers/dryers, etc.

  • A quarter of Cincinnati’s metro area is in Kentucky. Business conducted in Kentucky won’t be taxed.

    Call centers, graphic designers, computer programmers, accountants…

  • Red Rover

    But surely the ~.8% income tax cut he’s giving to us peasants will make up for all of that.

  • So a visit to Chucky Cheese’s will now involve a sales tax. Will this be the sales tax as levied by the state, or the add-ons from the counties? Sounds like fun is going to be way more expensive in the near future. Thanks, John!

  • westparkguy

    Oh, don’t forget to mention that Kasich wants take over the ability to raise/lower sales taxes for the next 3 years.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Hmmm. But still corporations pay hardly any taxes in Ohio…. And megachurches pay none.

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