August 1, 2017
Three years ago the Ohio legislature passed a needless, onerous, burdensome regulation that denied rural property owner’s real economic opportunity. This regulation stymies an industry that would bring 4 billion dollars of investment, hundreds of good paying high tech jobs and millions of dollars in income for rural land owners, as well as millions more in desperately needed tax revenue for rural Ohio communities and schools.
I am, of course, talking about the increased government restrictions on the siting of wind turbines. There are professional anti-wind activists with questionable ties to powerful special interests that feel threatened by wind power in Ohio. I urge you not to fall for the disinformation of the people and industries whose profit would be adversely affected by the presence of wind power in Ohio. If we are serious about economic development and energy independence, then we must admit there is plenty of room in the market and in the electrical power grid for locally generated wind energy.
Wind power is safe, clean and highly cost effective. It should be part of the electrical generation mix in Ohio.
But the real issue is not the merits of wind power. The real issue is property rights. Who will decide how rural land owners can use their private properties to earn a living for themselves and their families for generations to come?
Ohio Senator Hite is working hard to fight against powerful outside interest groups that would rob rural Ohio land owners of their rights. If you support wind power; stand up for the rights of land owners. If you are a rural land owner; ask yourself who should decide the future use of your property – special interest groups or you, the owner. Please contact your local legislators to urge them to return the property rights of rural land owners.
October 30, 2015
The very definition of fairness is to treat like things in a like manner. Yet many of our local politicians and the Courier Editorial Board would lump marijuana together with heroin; even as every objective standard would say that marijuana is far more like alcohol.
Simply take every objection to legalizing marijuana and replace the word alcohol and you will see that it is obvious that the opponents of issue 3 favor prohibition.
Prohibition of alcohol did not work. Prohibition of marijuana is not working and will not work. The cost of enforcement to the tax payer, the cost to our economy by locking up young people who should be starting their working life as productive members of society, is too high.
You can make a strong case that marijuana is less costly to society and less harmful to individuals than alcohol. Yet alcohol is perfectly legal and can be purchased at numerous locations throughout our city. The State of Ohio holds a monopoly on the sale of hard alcohol. We promote and even celebrate the consumption of alcohol while we wage a pointless and costly war on marijuana.
Hypocrisy and bias of our laws regarding the use alcohol and marijuana is not lost on millions of Ohioans. It is symptomatic of an elite who have completely lost touch with the realities of day to day life. They have put their personal bias for their drug of choice over the choice of their constituents. They are so committed to this bias, devoid of any rational justification, that they are willing to arrest and imprison thousands of their own constituents.
Issue 3 may not be the perfect answer, but don’t be fooled by our State Rep. Sprague and State Sen. Hite; they will never support the legalization of marijuana. Issue 3 is our best hope to bring fairness to our criminal justice system.
This issue is about personal freedom and smaller, less intrusive government.
This pointless and costly war has gone on too long.
You can bring it to an end. I urge you to vote no on issue 2 and yes for issue 3.
September 7, 2012
What Every City Councilperson (and everyone else) should know about the City Income Tax.
A few weeks ago Charles W. Weasel, a local Attorney, wrote a letter to Findlay City Council suggesting a fix to the City of Findlay’s budget crisis. A crisis largely caused by the decrease in State funding. His idea; change state law to permit the city income tax to include taxing interest and dividend income as well as wages. As Mr. Weasel wrote “Currently only the “working man” pays the Findlay City Income Tax. Wealthy retirees and “Trust Fund Babies” are given a free ride at the expense of the wage earner.”
Of all the inequities built into the city income tax (look for future posts on the other inequities) the fact that wages are almost exclusively taxed, while interest, dividend and capital gains income are not, seems blatantly unfair. A very wealthy person whose income comes solely from inherited investments could live their whole life in Findlay and never pay a dime in city income tax. Findlay City Councilperson Anne Spence was so impressed with the idea that she promised to pass it on to Ohio State Senator Cliff Hite-R and Ohio State Rep. Robert Sprague-R, quoting chapter and verse of the Ohio Revised Code Section that would require changes to accommodate adjusting the City Income Tax.
Of course this proposed change to state law is NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN and Miss Spence should probably know that. There are two reasons that the GOP controlled Ohio State government is never going to allow cities to tax investment income. The first reason is a matter of mechanics. Collecting and administering a flat income tax on wages is relatively easy. Adding investment income to the mix would require every city to set up its own version of the IRS.
But, Mr. Weasel stumbled on the real reason why Gov. Kasich, Senator Hite and Rep Sprague are playing this taxation shell game in the first place. Mr. Weasel and Miss Spence, the reason your city income tax is going up is because the city income tax does not tax investment income. The GOP plan from the beginning is to shift the totality of municipalities and state taxes from investment income, (the rich) to wages (Ohio’s working families). On top of that, they are cutting progressive taxes like the estate tax and the state income tax only to force increases in city taxes that are a flat rate tax. So, the lowest paid worker pays the same rate as the best paid wage earner in the city.
If Miss Spence was paying attention to her Republican playbook she would know that cutting taxes on the wealthy and their investment income, not raising their taxes, is fundamental to the GOP’s game plan.