State of Ohio Archives: on Tax Reform


Josh Mandel: I'm proud to pledge for lower taxes

Brown criticized Mandel for signing a pledge not to raise taxes, saying it would handcuff him in making budget decisions to balance the budget and reduce the federal debt. He said it ran counter to Mandel's pledge not to be beholden to any interest group.

"I'm proud to stand up for lower taxes," Mandel said, adding that he would do anything to "lower taxes across the board for the middle class and for job creators."

Source: Cincinnati.com coverage of 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Sherrod Brown: Anti-tax pledges handcuff budget decisions

Brown criticized Mandel for signing a pledge not to raise taxes, saying it would handcuff him in making budget decisions to balance the budget and reduce the federal debt. He said it ran counter to Mandel's pledge not to be beholden to any interest group.

"I'm proud to stand up for lower taxes," Mandel said, adding that he would do anything to "lower taxes across the board for the middle class and for job creators."

Source: Cincinnati.com coverage of 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Josh Mandel: Eliminate the death tax; it's an unjust double taxation

Mandel called for the loosening of regulations on farmers and elimination of the so-called "death tax," which he said was an unjust double taxation that stole money from hardworking farmers.

Mandel's priorities were a threat to the middle class, a Sherrod Brown spokesman said, citing the candidate's failure to support the auto bailout, which the Brown campaign said saved 850,000 Ohio jobs.

Source: Dayton Daily News on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Sep 4, 2012

Michael Pryce: Consumption tax gets government off our backs

Pryce advocated "getting government off the backs of companies" and allowing the dollar to "run" in the free market. A consumption tax would raise revenue and cut taxes on businesses, so our goods become affordable and generate a market here and abroad, raising the value of the dollar, he said.
Source: Cleveland Jewish News coverage of 2012 Ohio Senate Debates Mar 2, 2012

John Kasich: Lower taxes to create competitive climate

While Ohio's problems are daunting, I believe they are fixable--but only by creating a business environment that rewards investment & increases wages. With forward-thinking, solutions-oriented leadership, we can transform Ohio into a model of job creatio and economic vitality that other states will want to follow.

To succeed we must lower taxes--Create a tax climate that allows Ohio to compete with other states to attract new businesses, foster job creation, and keep our precious, existing jobs here

Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, kasichforohio.com Nov 2, 2010

Lee Fisher: Let Bush tax cuts expire for millionaires

On taxes, Fisher supports extending tax cuts for the middle class but letting them expire for millionaires and billionaires. Portman contends that any tax increase would hurt the fragile economy.

"Let's focus first on what policies got us into this recession," said Fisher, "because we can't afford to go back to the same people and the same policies that dug us the deepest economic ditch in most of our lifetimes."

Portman painted Fisher as the status quo responsible for the economic woes.

Source: Dayton Daily News coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Rob Portman: Any tax increase would hurt the fragile economy

Portman painted Fisher as the status quo responsible for the economic woes. "The fact is, Ohio is losing ground and we need to catch up," Portman said.

"Let's focus first on what policies got us into this recession," said Fisher."

On taxes, Fisher supports extending tax cuts for the middle class but letting them expire for millionaires and billionaires. Portman contends that any tax increase would hurt the fragile economy.

Source: Dayton Daily News coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Lee Fisher: 2005 tax cut reduced Ohio taxes by 16.8%

The candidates challenged each other over jobs and taxes and who is best able to help revive Ohio's battered economy.

Fisher said Portman has backed trade policies that have sent Ohio jobs overseas. He repeatedly sought to tie Portman to economic policies of former President George W. Bush, in whose administration Portman served as trade representative.

Portman said Fisher's proposals would mean job-killing higher taxes. "You can't continue to raise taxes," he said.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland implemented a tax cut in 2005 that resulted in state income taxes that are 16.8 percent less than they were in 2004, said a spokeswoman for Fisher, Ohio's lieutenant governor [under Strickland].

Source: Business Week coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 8, 2010

Lee Fisher: Let tax cuts on wealthy expire, to pay for health reform

Health care reform should not be paid for by raising taxes on the already-strapped middle class. Asking hardworking Ohioans mired in recession to pay higher taxes actually undermines what is for me a central goal of reform. In particular, health care benefits should not be taxed.

It would of course be naive to think that reform has no cost. We must look at a wide variety of other mechanisms to provide the funds needed for reform. For example:

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, fisherforohio.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Mike DeWine: Some ads had mistakes, but say Brown votes against tax cuts

DeWINE: When it came time to help the middle class with tax cuts, a tax cut that has taken five million Americans off the tax rolls, that has given the average Ohioan $2,000 per year, Sherrod Brown voted no time and time again.

BROWN: Mike, you know better than that, too. His whole ad campaign is fabricated on making up stuff about taxes.

DeWINE: My ad campaign is based on votes that you cast. You just want to run from your record.

BROWN: Mike ran an ad of the World Trade Center on fire. The problem is, he doctored the ad.

DeWINE: Have you ever denied the facts in that ad? I said there was a mistake made in the picture, but there was no mistake in the facts.

BROWN: He didnít fire the ad agency.

Q: Was there any factual mistake?

BROWN: Well, other than doctoring a photo?

Q: Well, you made that point.

BROWN: Thatís a pretty important point.

DeWINE: He wonít answer the question. The facts are correct.

Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press Oct 1, 2006

Sherrod Brown: DeWineís ads doctor WTC photos to distort my record on taxes

DeWINE: When it came time to help the middle class with tax cuts, a tax cut that has taken five million Americans off the tax rolls, that has given the average Ohioan $2,000 per year, Sherrod Brown voted no time and time again.

BROWN: Mike, you know better than that, too. His whole ad campaign is fabricated on making up stuff about taxes.

DeWINE: My ad campaign is based on votes that you cast. You just want to run from your record.

BROWN: Mike ran an ad of the World Trade Center on fire. The problem is, he doctored the ad.

DeWINE: Have you ever denied the facts in that ad? I said there was a mistake made in the picture, but there was no mistake in the facts.

BROWN: He didnít fire the ad agency.

Q: Was there any factual mistake?

BROWN: Well, other than doctoring a photo?

Q: Well, you made that point.

BROWN: Thatís a pretty important point.

DeWINE: He wonít answer the question. The facts are correct.

Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press (X-ref DeWine) Oct 1, 2006

Bob Taft: 3-year tax holiday for high-tech start-ups

We must make Ohio a more attractive place to launch a high-tech firm. While most high-tech start-ups donít turn a profit in their early years, they often owe a significant net worth tax. So today, Iím proposing that new high-tech firms be exempted from that tax during their first three years of operation. Letís give start-ups a fighting chance to succeed!
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Ohio Legislature Jan 24, 2001

Charlie Wilson: Supports progressive state income tax

Q: Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?

A: No.

Source: 1998 Ohio Legislative National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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