Perspective: Ohio Tax Vote Tough For House Dems

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- You might assume Governor Ted Strickland's latest budget-balancing tax proposal would face its biggest hurdle in the republican-led Ohio Senate.

Try again.

It's in the Ohio House, controlled by fellow democrats, that suspending a planned 4.2-percent cut in the personal income tax is going to have its toughest time.

Democrats took control of the house last year for the first time since 1994, capturing a 53-46 majority.

They did so by running moderate and conservative candidates in some districts that had long been held by republicans.

Strickland's proposal is to forgo the final round of a 21-percent tax cut to raise the roughly $850 million put in jeopardy when the Ohio Supreme Court sidetracked the governor's racetrack slots plan.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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