A new survey shows that Ohio voters support raising taxes for wealthy residents, raising the minimum wage and renewing the child tax credit.
The survey, conducted in September through a partnership between Ohio think tank Policy Matters Ohio and California-based pollster Data for Progress, found that 71% of Ohio’s nearly 1,400 voters voted 250,000 voters. Supports a new tax bracket for residents earning more than a dollar, another voter with an annual income of 50 million or more.
“Urban voters show the strongest support at 78%, compared to suburban voters (68%) and rural voters (69%),” the group said in its poll on Dec. 1. said to
A $15 hourly minimum wage was supported by 60% of voters, 23 points ahead of voters who opposed the bill.
“Polls clearly show that Ohioans believe that those who are doing well in Ohio should do the right thing in Ohio and pay their fair share of taxes,” Ohio said. Policy Issues Outreach Director Daniel Ortiz said.
The minimum wage will increase to $10.10 an hour in January 2023 under a 2006 constitutional amendment set to automatically increase based on inflation.
Just last week, Democrats announced plans to raise the state’s minimum wage by $1 a year, but are struggling to prepare for the state legislature’s scheduled recess at the end of December.
This bill, House Bill 69, was the source of debate in the Ohio House of Representatives Committee on Commerce, Industry, and Labor, where some members of the Republican Party’s overwhelming majority argued that the struggle in the state was about labor, not wages. said.
Supporters of the bill say both workforce training and minimum wage support could be part of Congress’ push to support Ohio’s workers and the state’s economy.
An overwhelming majority of Ohio voters surveyed, 77%, wanted a state-level child tax credit similar to the pandemic-era deduction offered at the federal level. The award was given to households with children under the age of 17 for anti-poverty and child welfare advocacy as an important aid to families battling unemployment, housing and hunger during and after the pandemic. It has been frequently picked up by
When the federal tax credit was revoked, even the credit’s advocates and state economists said the measure should be made permanent to prevent those aided by the funds from falling into poverty again.
Policy Matters previously published an analysis of two different ways states can set child tax credits. One is a flat rate deduction, or deduction for age that gives more to the youngest Ohioans.
Polls show voters generally want more control over how their tax money is spent. Policy Matters and Data for Progress asked voters about their level of support for “participatory budgeting.” This will allow voters to “get directly involved in deciding how part of the public budget is spent by proposing policy ideas and voting on how much money should be spent.” .”
Overall, 70% of voters who voted supported state participatory budgeting, while 18% opposed it.
Voters also supported a “health first” approach to public safety. The approach involved mental health professionals being sent before law enforcement during behavioral health crises and a state corporate income tax in which companies were taxed on profits made within the state. .
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