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Ohio Budget Shifts Away From Tax Cuts to Investing

March 15, 2019, 8:02 PM

The biggest tax policy reveal in Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s March 15 proposed state budget isn’t what’s in the document. It’s what’s not there.

For the first time in years, the leader of Ohio’s executive branch isn’t seeking large adjustments to the state tax code, breaking with fellow Republican and former Gov. John Kasich’s tradition of tinkering with or overhauling the code through the budget.

During Kasich’s tenure, the budget was where much of the governor’s tax policy—typified as a shift toward consumption and away from income—shone through. For example, during the 2017 round of budget negotiations, Kasich sought to ...