I just saw a campaign ad for Ted Strickland, the current governor of our fair state of Ohio. He is running for reelection. He has promised to lower taxes on small businesses. Ha!
Not only did Strickland not lower taxes on small businesses, he doubled them instead. My SO is a part owner of a small business in downtown Cleveland. He pays personal income taxes on his share of the profits and also subject to the Commercial Activity tax on the gross sales of the company. This was enacted by Strickland after he came into office 2 years ago.
According to the Ohio Department of Taxation website, the tax is described thusly:
“The commercial activity tax (CAT) is an annual tax imposed on the privilege of doing business in Ohio, measured by gross receipts from business activities in Ohio.”
“…the privilege of doing business in Ohio…”?!?
Ohio is losing businesses right and left due to its high taxes and this is the arrogant tone they take about it?? It’s no wonder the state is in trouble and tax revenues are falling!!
He’s had 2 years in office. Ohio is in much financial trouble and unemployment is still over 10.1% in Cuyahoga County as of August, 2010. The state unemployment rate is 9.7%. He claims he is going to ‘create jobs’. He’s had 2 years. When was he planning on starting?
His opponent is John Kasich. His experience is as a congressional representative with a solid conservative record. He, at least, won’t be supporting Obama’s destructive policies.
As a Democrat, you know Strickland will be.
I think the choice is crystal clear.