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New sales tax on sprawling host of services part of governor's proposed budget

Scott Seitz2 • Feb 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM

State officials are busy reviewing Gov. John Kasich's proposed budget.

The Republican governor's proposed budget also includes a 20 percent cut to the state income tax, a 50 percent cut to small business income tax, a cut to the state sales tax, a broadening of that sales tax on a long list of new services never before taxed, an increase on the severance tax for oil and gas drilling, increased use of student vouchers, a new public school funding formula and the use of federal Medicaid dollars to increase health care coverage for the state's working poor.

During his State of the State address Tuesday, Kasich did not mention his proposal to apply a new sales tax to a sprawling host of services such as movie tickets, professional services of lawyers or accountants, repairs and construction, digital purchases such as music or books, and advertising. While more things would be taxed, the rate would be reduced.

In a story published in Thursday's Reflector, state Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk Township) discusses details about the budget proposal currently moving through the Ohio House of Representatives. He also revealed that Ohio taxpayers could receive a roughly $300 refund later this year.

To read the story, pick up a copy of that issue. Or you also can subscribe to the e-paper for less than $1 per week.

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