IT’S ABOUT TIME….
Five months ago the League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWV-Ohio) began urging our state’s leadership to delay implementation of the final 4.2% installment of the five-year income tax reduction in order to ensure that basic services are available for Ohioans. We applaud Governor Strickland’s recent decision to do just that – and urge the Ohio legislature to join the Governor in putting politics aside and doing what’s right for our state. The proposed postponement is anticipated to raise $844 million, closing most of the budget gap created when the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that authorization for the video lottery terminals (VLTs) included in the biennium budget was subject to a referendum drive.
The $2 billion in services already cut from the biennium budget have left the state unable to address the needs of its poorest and most needy citizens. The League was dismayed that until now, neither the Governor nor the legislature was prepared to make the hard decisions needed to help ensure the welfare of Ohioans. To make further cuts now in response to the loss of VLT revenue is a recipe for disaster. Delaying the implementation of the tax cut will not increase Ohioans’ taxes above their current level and is the responsible action to address the looming budget gap.
LWV-Ohio urges the legislature to take responsibility for providing education and services to Ohioans by supporting Governor Strickland’s proposal.
The League of Women Voters of Ohio, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.