The Columbus Dispatch: Communities Drive State Economy
Letter to the Editor from The Columbus Dispatch
 
 

Read the original Letter to the Editor from The Columbus Dispatch here

The Monday Dispatch article “Trickle-down taxes” accurately exposed the devastating cuts that Gov. John Kasich continues to inflict on Ohio’s communities.

The governor frequently boasts that he balanced the state budget without raising taxes. The governor makes it sound like he invented balanced budgets, when in fact Ohio’s constitution requires all state budgets to be balanced.

What Kasich has done differently from his predecessors is to go to unprecedented lengths to stick local taxpayers with the bill. He’s stripped approximately $1.4 billion from local-government funding since taking office, including $200 million in his latest budget. This pass-the-buck budgeting has forced our communities across the state to seek local tax increases to avoid cutting vital services and laying off police officers and firefighters.

When the city of Columbus faced a budget challenge, the voters agreed to raise the city income tax to maintain services. As a result, Columbus remains a thriving and vibrant city where more and more people want to live and work. Unfortunately, other Ohio cities have not been so fortunate.

Our local communities are the engines that drive Ohio’s economy. The governor can’t continue short-changing them and expect to attract businesses and create jobs that will build a stronger future for our great state.

- STATE SEN. CHARLETA B. TAVARES

Ohio 15th Senate District Columbus

 
 
 
  
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