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Democratic Budget Leader Says Income Tax Cut from Republicans is "Irresponsible"

Rep. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) speaks at February 2020 press conference
Andy Chow
Statehouse News Bureau
Rep. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) speaks to reporters at a press conference at the Statehouse in February 2020. The ranking House Finance Committee Democratic member says she strongly opposes the 2% income tax cut Republicans have added into the House's version of the Ohio budget.

The top Democrat on the committee hearing the House version of the two-year state budget says she’s not surprised that Republicans have added a 2% income tax cut, though that wasn’t in the initial proposal from their fellow Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. But she’s frustrated by it. 

Ranking House Finance Committee Democratic member Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) said she knew Republicans would put a tax cut into the budget, but she’s strongly opposed to it.

“I think it’s irresponsible of us in the legislature right now to be giving a tax cut when we know so many people are struggling," Crawley said in an interview for "The State of Ohio." "And we know that this 2% tax cut that’s across the board will benefit those in higher income brackets."

Crawley was hoping for an idea turned down before: a refundable earned income tax credit, which can give low-income people tax refunds.

Republicans have said this tax cut, along with a new law incorporating federal tax changes into state law, would result in $500 million in personal income tax cuts over the next two years. Tax cuts have passed in the last eight Republican-proposed budgets.

In January, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered $390 million in budget cuts, while restoring some funds to schools. But state revenues have improved over expectations during the pandemic.
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Karen Kasler
Contact Karen at 614/578-6375 or at kkasler@statehousenews.org.