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John Kasich's Budget: An Assault on Ohio Families

Photo: Karen Kasler Photo: Karen Kasler

The budget John Kasich has signed into law — his supposed “campaign budget” — is so bad, in so many ways, for so many Ohioans. Let’s look at the score sheet:

  • Harms Ohio Communities and Middle-Class Families

    • Radically shifts the tax burden onto middle- and lower-income Ohioans by lowering income taxes while hiking sales and property taxes.

    • Provides the wealthiest Ohioans with an average net tax cut of $6,000 at the same time middle-class Ohioans receive a net $9 break. That’s not a misprint: John Kasich’s tax cut amounts to nine dollars for an Ohioan who makes between $33,000 and $51,000 a year.

    • Provides local governments with half as much state funding as received in 2011 to fund important services like police and fire departments, senior centers, parks and libraries, forcing higher taxes, or cuts to vital services. One local official called Kasich’s cuts to the local government fund “devastating.”

    • Eliminates the 30-year-old property tax rollback that saved Ohioans on their property taxes and makes it harder for local governments to pass new levies to fund vital services, including for schools and police and fire protection services.

    • Redirects public funds to private schools through vouchers — even if public schools are academically successful and outperforming competing charter schools.

  • Harms Ohio Women

    • Defunds Planned Parenthood. Takes critical funds away from an important community healthcare provider which deprives thousands of Ohio women of critical healthcare services.

    • Requires women seeking an abortion to undergo a mandatory, medically unnecessary ultrasound, and imposes criminal penalties on doctors who don’t comply.

    • Requires women to pay for these medically unnecessary ultrasounds, making no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

    • Imposes a so-called ‘gag rule’ against rape crisis centers discussing any options other than carrying a pregnancy to term.

    • Redefines pregnancy in the same manner Mississippi did before passing its so-called personhood amendment, which outlawed all abortions before being defeated via referendum.

  • Harms Ohio Seniors

    • Eliminates the homestead exemption for those making over $30,000 per year — raising property taxes on seniors who may be on a fixed income.

  • Harms Ohio Small Business

    • Puts PR ahead of job creation by providing most small businesses with a few hundred dollars per year — nowhere near enough savings to hire a single new employee — while driving away middle-class customers with higher sales taxes.