Senate's Proposed Budget Includes Tax Cuts For Ohio Workers But Some Might Be Left Out

Jun 1, 2021

Republican leaders of the Ohio Senate have proposed a $75-billion-dollar, two-year budget includes a 5% across-the-board income tax cut – which is a boost from 2% cut in the House budget. 

Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) says the issue he’s hearing about most these days is employers who cannot find enough employees. So, he says the 5% cut, which totals $874 million, is an “incentive” for working Ohioans.  

“If we want to talk about stimulus plans and what works and what doesn’t, an income tax cut will always be the best stimulus," Huffman says.

Huffman says the tax cut is not targeted to specific incentives but will be across-the-board for all Ohioans. The Senate budget includes $1.3 billion in tax cuts for individuals and businesses, and Huffman says that’s paid for by reductions in spending in state agencies and services.   

Policy Matters Ohio says the Senate's proposed tax cut will do little to deal with the labor shortage right now. It says a food service worker who works 40 hours a week earns an annual median income of 20,363. And the organization notes Ohioans don't start paying income tax until they reach $22,150 per year.