Note to Legislators: Kill Kasich tax plan

Anonymous
Mar 6, 2013

 

Excerpt from today's Register editorial Viewpoint:

With our local economy supported by tourism, Gov. John Kasich’s tax plan is clearly going to lead to fewer jobs for the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region. With gas prices already at near record highs, more state taxes would put a huge hurt on local businesses that directly and indirectly rely on discretionary income from tourists.

The American Society of Travel Agents Mid-America Chapter is one of the many industry groups decrying Kasich’s tax plan as counterproductive.

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The travel agents society says the tax would increase the cost of doing business and increase the cost of travel to Ohio by sending “a profoundly anti-tourism message at a time when the state is competing fiercely with neighboring states for out-of-state tourist dollars.”

We can’t agree more.

Ohio’s tourism industry has been growing steadily and has proved somewhat recession proof as families from throughout the Midwest have made the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region their vacation destination. Making such vacations more expensive for families already with stretched budgets is equivalent to hanging a “No vacancy” sign on billboards on every major highway throughout the state.

We encourage residents to contact their local representatives and the governor’s office as well to tell Mr. Kasich that his tax plan is bad business for Ohio.

Comments

Contango

Legislation to let ALL hard working Ohioans keep more of their income is a bad idea?

Nine state income tax brackets is absurd. There should be one - 0%.

The 2013 Tax Freedom Day in OH is Apr. 12th. Let's see if we can roll that back by a couple of days eh?

coasterfan

Dumb. Just dumb. At a time when essential public services are already struggling due to lack of funding, when nearly 100 bridges are in danger of collapse, Contango's solution to fix the problem is to stifle funding even more. He knows that someone must pay for these things, he is just more concerned with preserving his own wallet rather than the future good of all.

Interesting...because he is on the exact opposite side of that same argument when discussing Obama and the federal deficit. One wonders if Contango even realizes his own inconsistencies...

Contango

@ coasterfan:

Increased state and local sales taxes cannot be used for infrastructure repair? Who’s being dumb?

Other than your desire for increased central planning ya got nuthin’.

arnmcrmn

Gotta pay for all the handouts somehow.

Truth or Dare

Bad for Tourists and small business. Now on the other hand if you're big business, such as Hollywood and traveling to Cleveland to produce a movie which will more than likely gross in the upper millions, you'll be getting a sweetheart of a deal tax break.

Contango

The approach is simple: Broaden the base by taxing more services and lower the rate.

Consumption taxes are more equitable: If you don’t use it, you don’t pay it.

Yea, that Hollywood subsidy needs to die. MI got hosed.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB...

coasterfan

Kasich is merely passing the buck. Just as he has done with school funding (he pats himself on the back for cutting funding at state level, meanwhile local school districts ended up having to make up for those cuts with local levies), the middle class yet again will end up paying more out of pocket, while the rich remain relatively unscathed. Also, the "I shouldn't have to pay for something unless I use it" is classic "me first, and the heck with the rest of you" thinking. So, in other words, no one should have to pay for police protection, fire departments, and ODOT snow removal, until they actually need them, right?

Contango

@ coasterfan:

And your "go-to" answer is increased central planning. What else is new?

goofus

Mr. Rocket Scientist, who owns the houses and apartments poor and middle class people live in. Do they pay their property taxes and the rent? Such a maroon and what scares me is he is a teacher LOL ROFLMAO

mikel

$54 for a ticket and $20 to park at cedar point is a fricking ripoff to begin with. if you are stupid enough to pay those fees then another $5-$10 won't matter!

Contango

According to a recent Gallup poll, OH was listed as the 6th unhappiest state in the country.

Doesn't look like tourism (i.e. Cedar Point) is helpin' much.

Lettin’ hard working Ohioans keep more of their wages might cheer 'em up.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/16073...

KnuckleDragger

Look at previous years. As Ohio becomes more liberal it's ranking has gotten worse. How can that be? I thought liberals were the happiest people on earth?

coasterfan

Judging from the perpetually angry tea party contingent that posts here daily, I'm surprised we don't rank higher. What's with you guys? Constipated?

Contango

@ coasterfan:

How does your constant refrain of a desire for more central planning not read "constipated"?

Truth or Dare

It's not the first, what's with the alert going off as we speak?!

mikel

i think it is state wide tornado testing.

The Hamburglar

How is Hawaii, with 12 state income tax brackets, http://www.bankrate.com/finance/...
and having tourism as their #1 industry, http://www.hawaiitourismauthorit... ranked first? Maybe we should legalize marijuana like #2 ranked Colorado.

Contango

HI? Probably the gay marriage thing. :)

The Hamburglar

Or year round bikini weather. That can't hurt either.

coasterfan

Doubt that. It's us heterosexuals who have made a mess of the institution of marriage...

Contango

@ coasterfan:

So what's the answer; more central planning?

Simple Enough II

Plus with being surrounded with the big blue, kinda hard for the illegals to swarm there!

The Hamburglar

Here's a chart of illegal aliens per state. And you were right, Hawaii is last with only 2000.
http://www.statemaster.com/graph...

Larry

The SR should stick to topics they understand ie: regurgitation and gossip.
I seriously doub't that an admission tax is going to alter anyones vacation plans.

Larry

The SR should stick to topics they understand ie: regurgitation and gossip.
I seriously doub't that an admission tax is going to alter anyones vacation plans.

localmomma

Yes, @Larry, they would alter their vacation plans. If the prices here are higher (to accommodate the tax), potential visitors may choose a different destintaion with similar amenities at a lower price. People come here because it is an affordable getaway.

Contango

Scare tactics.

Even with a small fee, the associated costs would still be lower than many alternatives.

As of Jan. 1, the OH estate tax was eliminated and there were similar predictions of dire consequences.

Not long ago, Gov. Kasich discussed returning almost $500M to OH taxpayers because the rainy day fund was over funded.

http://www.kasichforohio.com/wsj...

Gloom and doom nonsense.

coasterfan

Yes, give money back to the people. Not to schools who have had their funding cut 20% in the past two years. Not to upgrade the more than 100 bridges in Ohio that are in below code. Not to restore police staffing cuts. None of that is important, right? Amazingly irresponsible, our gov...

Contango

@ coasterfan:

Got it: More central planning is needed. Mentally constipated?

What caca did you teach anyway? Ashamed?

arnmcrmn

I will gladly take more of my money back. After all it is my money. Schools are going to have to learn to work with what they already have. My business does that and so does every other small business owner I know. When times are tough, things have had to make cuts to make things work.

Dont worry coaster....Obama has toted for 5 years now he is going to rebuild America's infrastructure. Problem is, we are all just waiting.

The problem with towns and cities is that they forgot how to plan. When they built that bridge they forgot that one day it would need replaced. Instead of packing away small amounts of money each year to save for that day they simply said....ahh, we will let whoever deal with it when that time comes, but as for now, its not our problem.