Our elected politicians in Ohio have forgotten that this
Nation is supposed to stand for a "land of equal opportunity".
If they create 1,000 new jobs by destroying 10,000 others,
so be it. They only have a desire to take the credit for the
1,000 new jobs. Then they have the distorted idea that since
they added 1,000 new jobs that their "Job-Creation" is
working and they have to do more of it. Just raise the
needed tax revenues by jacking it up on the poor (and any
one else that doesn't have a lobbyist representing them)
so that they can off-set the lost tax revenues from the big
tax-abatements necessary to get the new jobs.
They have "knowingly" put additional taxation requirements
onto Ohio Businesses, which have made those Ohio businesses
less competitive with Ohio Consumers, while not extending
that same taxation requirement with their own professions.
Ohio Voters need to STOP electing Attorneys, Lawyers,
Accountants and Consultants into Political positions.
This is a serious "Conflict-of-Interest" and underscores
the need of why major changes must be done in Ohio.
Worst yet, they want to "pick-and-choose" which businesses
can and cannot be competitive in a "Global-Marketplace".
Ohio has developed a very complex tax system that is
problematic even for the State to police and enforce, and
has caused much stress for many Ohio businesses.
Ohio Politicians have not addressed the high-rate of
and foreclosures that have been expanding
in Ohio. It appears that too many of the decisions that are
being made in the Ohio General Assembly, are based on
the activities of Lobbyist and Special-Interest Groups, and
perhaps may have been caused by "questionable" campaign
contributions and/or gifts.
This goes well beyond the "No-Contest" plea given by Ohio's
Governor Bob Taft that he made on August 18, 2005,
for 4 counts of violations of not reporting gifts made to him
on required reports, as required by Ohio Ethics Laws.
Governor Taft has publicly apologized to the Ohio Citizens
for failing to abide by the requirements of reporting gifts and
blamed the problem on inadequate record keeping and has
already made changes to prevent this in the future. In other
words, this was only a unintentional oversight, and it won't
happen again, trust me!! Apparently, gifts are OK as long
as you report it.
The Ohio Politicians need to stop requiring those that have
less pay more, and those that have more pay less. They
are only widening the gap between the rich and the poor.
Too many Ohio Politicians (and Department Officials) are
at the controls of a "Steamroller" that is crushing the little
guy, by making decisions to benefit certain businesses
and/or "friends" and, perhaps themselves.
The constant message coming out of the Columbus, Ohio
Governor and General Assembly is that Ohioans need to
invest in good "high-paying" jobs, expand the resources
for research and development, and provide the seed money
to start new companies. They have combined the "Third-
Frontier" plan into the Ohio Bridge and Highway plan
and want the Ohio voters to approve "the-works" on the
ballot this coming November. This will put the State of
Ohio over TWO BILLION DOLLARS further
into debt. The
payment for this debt will come from Ohio's GRF funds
which are mainly derived from Ohio's Sales and Income
Taxes. This will most likely cause additional GRF revenue
short falls in the future which will require Legislators to
increase Sales and/or Income Tax Rates again.
Their concept simply expands the unfairness of Ohio's
methods of "Job-Creation". They are constantly putting
everyone in Ohio on the "hook" to pay for additional debt
while ignoring what they have done to make many other
businesses less competitive and less solvent.
Again, Ohio's Lawmakers have not put their own
professions into that same less competitive position
as the Ohio business that sell goods to Ohio Consumers.
Why do I make that statement? Ohio Legislators involved
with Committees to Study State and Local Taxes that made
recommendations for Ohio's Tax-Reform have stated that
additional Services in Ohio should be added to the
requirement of the Ohio Sales-Tax in order to raise
needed tax revenues. But then added, services that
may be put into an unfair position from "out-of-state"
firms not required to charge and collect the Ohio
Sales-Tax should be exempted, such as: lawyers,
attorneys, accountants and consultants (themselves).
To add to this, I
contacted Representative Bill Seitz (R)
in Cincinnati last month to find out why he supported
raising the allowable Non-Ohio cigarette taxed level
from $30 to $300/month for Ohio consumers going
"out-of-state" for their cigarettes (to avoid causing
100,000 Ohioans who will now travel to Kentucky to
purchase their smokes [after the 128% additional Ohio
cigarette-tax increase goes into effect]
from being at
risk to being arrested for "trafficking" and being put
into Ohio's prisions), I
asked him why didn't the Ohio
Legislators expand the sales-tax to additional services
such as attorneys, lawyers, accountants and consultants
and lower the tax-rate? His response was: "If I had to
charge the Ohio Sales-Tax, my clients (he is an attorney),
would change to attorneys in Kentucky or Indiana! I then
asked him why that would matter since the Ohio consumer
(client) would still be required to pay the Ohio Use-Tax on
their Ohio Income-Tax Return. His response... They (the
Ohio consumers) are not paying it now. He doesn't want
to be put into the same position the Ohio Retail Businesses
are already in!!!!
Ohio Legislators will never understand the problems
that the Ohio Tax-Laws have made to Ohio Businesses
until they subject themselves to the same non-competitive
basic's as they have leveled onto other businesses. And
they know it - - - that's why it's a "conflict-of-interest".
Welcome to Ohio !
Ohio has developed a HIGH tax-rate system that is full of
tax-abatements for those who qualify. It is based on the
State Government putting all individuals and businesses
who are already located here on a "captive" basis. However,
the door is available for affluent individuals and businesses
to receive special treatment, either with changes in legislation,
or offers from the Ohio Department of Development, to give
lower tax requirements for those affluent situations. These
changes in legislation, or offers of tax-abatement, are often
initiated by an Ohio Politician. If Ohio's taxation is too high
for some affluent taxpayers then it should be decided that it
is already too high for everyone else. No tax-abatement should
be allowed for anyone. If you are going to lower a tax-rate,
then you need to lower it equally for everyone. How many
initial legislative changes and/or "Job-Creation"/Economic-
Development projects had political contributions tied to it??
All businesses (profit and non-profit), organizations and
unions should be banned from making any political
contributions, either to individual candidates, nor to any
political party. Only individual citizens should be allowed
to contribute to a particular individuals campaign fund
and/or political parties campaign fund - but the amount must
be limited by law to be a maximum of $100.00 per individual
campaign fund, or $1000.00 per each political party campaign
fund (but not to exceed $1000.00 for that same party within a
single State). Only if this is done will you eliminate the
ability of money from the richest in controlling the possible
actions being made by those seeking public office.
Corruption in Ohio Politics is Statewide. It's not only within
the Ohio GOP (Republican Party) but also in the Ohio DEM
(Democratic Party). Before the Ohio Democrats jump all
over a few Ohio Republicans they better look at whats
going on within their own party. I
suggest they start in
Cleveland. If the Democrats have all the right answers,
then why is Cleveland in such a mess?
The attitude that it is OK to accept a gift as long as you
report it falls into the same category as increasing the
allowable political campaign contribution from $2500
to $10,000 as long as you disclosed who gave it! That
is exactly what the Ohio Politicians did last year and
that's what they called Campaign Finance Reform!
How many other Ohio Politicians, or government
employees, are guilty of the same crime that our
current Governor was found guilty of, or do they just
have a better record keeping system???
You can cop-out and blame "One-Party-Rule"! Why not
make some changes whereas no law can pass unless
you have a two-thirds affirmative vote, and the Senate
President and Speaker of the House cannot change
those legislators who are on any commitee, unless that
legislator desires to be removed from that commitee,
a three-fourths vote of the their legislative body. Add
to that, no legislator (who is in office) will have any control
of where any of their parties political campaign money will
be directed to, except for the funds that were donated directly
to themselves in an individual campaign political contribution.
Making the above changes above would force all of the
Ohio politicians to have to work together. It would also
remove areas that are troublesome. Too much
given to two individual legislators (Speaker of the House
and the Senate President), who can use that power to
penalize other legislators who do not agree with them.