Ohio Fares Poorly In State Tax Comparison

The liberal-leaning group-Policy Matters Ohio-says the study shows Ohioans earning more than $356,000 pay an average of seven percent of their income to taxes. That includes state and local income, property, sales and excise taxes.

Taxpayers in the lowest bracket-making less than $18,000-pay an average of 11.7 percent.

While the highest earners are still paying much larger amount - Wendy Patton from Policy Matters says proportionality matters for the lower earners.

"That 12 percent is much harder on you because it's cutting into very limited income to pay rent-put dinner on the table-put gas in the car."

Greg Lawson from the conservative-leaning Buckeye Institute says-instead of balancing the rate-Ohio should restructure its tax system to promote job growth and lift people out of the lower brackets. That includes lowering the income tax.

Andy Chow at the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau.

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