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Interesting article by the Democratic governor and Lt. Governor of Ohio. Here's a key quote:

"The biggest shift is in taxes. Ohio business leaders told us that our tax structure was outdated and made the state uncompetitive. So, in a bipartisan manner, we restructured our tax laws to lower the burden for business."

I had heard that Ohio was dying due to high taxes and stifling union rules, supported by the Democrat politicians. If what these politicians say is true, it sounds like they're doing the right things.

Ohio Freepers: What do you say? I'm a former Buckeye, but I've been out of the state for 20 years.

1 posted on 09/06/2008 5:47:03 PM PDT by Forgiven_Sinner
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To: LS

OHIO PING


2 posted on 09/06/2008 5:49:25 PM PDT by Perdogg (Maverick - Barracuda 2008)
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To: Las Vegas Dave; TonyRo76; NeoCaveman; Farmer Dean; Molly Pitcher

What do those in Ohio itself have to say about this?


3 posted on 09/06/2008 5:50:18 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Forgiven_Sinner
A small government Democrat? If they had nominated Strickland instead of Obama, the polls would probably be different today. The deranged Left won't learn though!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

4 posted on 09/06/2008 5:50:27 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Forgiven_Sinner
Democrats calling for growth instead of doom and gloom! Interesting!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

6 posted on 09/06/2008 5:53:38 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Forgiven_Sinner
I frequently check the online newspaper of the small Ohio town where I grew up. Today they have a poll to vote for President. This town is just north of Dayton. McCain/Palin are leading with 63%. Obama/Biden have 26%. I will monitor this for the next few weeks and let you know. I just know Ohioans are smarter than to buy into Obama’s radical Leftist politics.
8 posted on 09/06/2008 5:55:25 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Forgiven_Sinner

I noticed some of those “qualifier” (read: weasel) words like reduced “general” corporate taxes rather than a more definitive statement. Happy to be proven wrong, though, as I am hopeful for the Buckeye State.


13 posted on 09/06/2008 6:03:52 PM PDT by paddles
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To: Forgiven_Sinner

It is curious that Dem governors like Stickland and David Patterson are turning up. It shows that the Dems are not totally suicidal.

But how can you account for Granholm?


14 posted on 09/06/2008 6:05:35 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Forgiven_Sinner

The inner cities in Ohio are in ruins. The rest of us are doing just fine. Obama isn’t going to win by pulling the inner cities in Ohio.


20 posted on 09/06/2008 6:23:17 PM PDT by gotribe (The right pick!)
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To: Forgiven_Sinner
The tax cuts Strickland mentions were passed under Taft and the Replican-controlled statehouse.

John Kasich is running for governor in 2010 and he recently suggested that the income tax be repealed.

24 posted on 09/06/2008 6:29:49 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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This seems to be kind of a slap at Obama. I mean, he’s probably going to Ohio and preaching on the failed policies of Bush and how only he can fix things up there in Ohio. Now a couple of dems there say it ain’t so.

I left NE Ohio a year ago. The winters were getting longer and longer. Maybe it’s global cooling.


27 posted on 09/06/2008 6:58:07 PM PDT by Need4Truth
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To: Forgiven_Sinner

Back in ‘06, to keep Blackwell’s tax reduction off the ballot as an issue, the legislature voted in these tax caps and reductions. We don’t have Ted Strickland or Lee Fisher to thank for them, it was Ken Blackwell’s baby, as passed by the legislature and signed by Bob Taft.


30 posted on 09/06/2008 7:22:42 PM PDT by mak5
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To: Forgiven_Sinner
Between 2005 and 2007, Ohio's per capita state tax burden has already fallen to 38th in the nation, from 27th, according to the Federation for Tax Administrators. When the new tax cuts are phased in, Ohio's business taxes will be the lowest in the Midwest.

I just moved from Ohio back to Tennessee. I will save about $5000 in state and local taxes. I'm glad that Strickland is trying to deal with this issue, but Ohio's taxes are way out of control. They have a state income tax - Tennessee does not. They have local income taxes - Tennessee does not. My property tax in Ohio was 2.5 times what I pay in Tennessee.

I think that he's not telling the whole tax story. Perhaps he's excluding county and municipality taxes and fees. And gasoline taxes (which are about 10 cents/gallon higher in Ohio than in Tennessee). At any rate, I'm doing much better in tax terms in Tennessee than I was in Ohio.

The only tax that's higher in Tennessee is the sales tax, but the difference isn't all that big.

31 posted on 09/06/2008 7:27:00 PM PDT by meyer (Go, Sarah, Go!!)
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To: Forgiven_Sinner

It depends entirely upon the region or city.


36 posted on 09/06/2008 8:39:35 PM PDT by JavaJumpy (Shame on you CNN. You should be mortified at your so-called journalistic skills.)
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To: Forgiven_Sinner

Sounds like Rendell could learn a thing or two from Ohio.


37 posted on 09/06/2008 8:42:21 PM PDT by linn37 (Hail Me, Obama or be cast into the fiery pits of eternal damnation!")
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To: Forgiven_Sinner; Perdogg; Las Vegas Dave; TonyRo76; NeoCaveman; Farmer Dean; Molly Pitcher; ...
What is the difference between Ohio and Texas? According to the Tax Foundation, Ohio's state and local tax burden has risen from 8.2% in 1970 when the state ranked 47th among the states in tax burden to 12.4% in 2007 when it ranked as the 5th highest taxed state in the country. Texas on the other hand ranked 49th in 1970 and 46th in 2007 with a level of 9.3% in state and local tax burden.[7]

Workers looking for reasons for Ohio’s anemic job market need look no further than the State House where our legislators have been perpetuating the high tax, high regulation policies that have made the state a very bad place to do business.

Ohio and NAFTA Revisited

Well some seem to see the figures differently than our illustrious Governor.

38 posted on 09/07/2008 2:51:41 AM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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