Gov. John Kasich has long campaigned against the state income tax. And his re-election campaign is underway, so it’s no surprise that he announced in his State of the State speech that the state income tax is once again a target.
He said he wants the top rate to be below five percent – but says details of how he’ll pay for that tax cut will have to wait till his budget update he calls the mid-biennium review.
"You know, I would guess some other week or so," Kasich said. "I mean, I'm not go out and talk, because everybody's working behind the scenes to put all the numbers together. So once they're together I think it'll get out and the sooner the better, for all -- everybody wants to know what's in it, and we’ll get it out there.”
Democrats have said that lowering that top income tax rate won’t help middle-class Ohioans, and they note property taxes and state sales taxes were increased in Kasich’s last budget.