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DGA Calls on DeWine To End Silence on GOP Congressional Tax Bill

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Renacci Voted Today on Tax Bill that Would Raise Taxes on Ohio Middle-Class Families; DeWine Remains Silent

As Congress votes today on a bill to increase taxes on Ohio middle-class families, Republican gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Mike DeWine has remained silent. Today, the Democratic Governors Association called on DeWine to announce his position on the bill. 

Rep. Jim Renacci, who is also running in the GOP gubernatorial primary, voted for the bill today in the U.S. House. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor has publicly endorsed the bill. 

According to a nonpartisan analysis, families earning less than $75,000 would see their taxes increase under this bill by 2027, while families earning millions of dollars annually would receive large tax breaks.

“Ohioans deserve a governor who will put Ohio first, but Mike DeWine refuses to take a stand on this critical bill that will raise taxes on middle-class Ohioans and blow up the national debt by $2 trillion,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “It’s time for Mike DeWine to say if he stands with Jim Renacci and Mary Taylor in supporting the Congressional GOP tax bill. By refusing to speak out against this tax plan, DeWine has made clear where his priorities really lie.” 



Lt. Governor Mary Taylor Supported the GOP Tax Plan (R, OH): “The President is proposing the biggest tax cut to small and midsize businesses in 80 years, and as we have seen in Ohio, this will jumpstart the nation’s economy. The Council of Economic Advisors has estimated that the average American household income could increase between $4,000 and $9,000 a year in wages and salary alone from this proposal.” [White House, State and Local Leaders Push for Tax Reform, 12/12/17] 

Renacci Voted for the GOP Tax Bill. According to the House Clerk, Renacci voted “Aye” on agreeing to H. Res. 667, “Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 1) the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3312) the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act; waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII; and motions to suspend the rules.” H. Res. 667 passed the House 233-193. [US House of Representatives, H. Res. 667, Vote #689, 12/19/17]

Akron Beacon Journal Editorial: Where the Senate Tax Bill Goes Wrong
“Rob Portman moved, as expected, to present the Senate-approved tax bill in a most favorable light. In his column, published on this page last week, the Ohio Republican contended in the first sentence that the measure passed ‘after years of discussion.’ Was the senator suggesting the process wasn’t what was plain to the eye, rushed, with a minimum of hearings, let alone expert analyses, arriving at the last minute, risking unintended consequences?” [Akron Beacon Journal, 12/9/17]

Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial: Tax Reform Bill ‘Would Harm Ohio’
“Sen. Rob Portman has betrayed Ohio and voted to rob the nation’s future in his unseemly rush to pass an ill-considered tax plan stuffed with last-minute, hand-scribbled goodies to lure final GOP votes. The plan as passed by the Senate late last week would harm Ohio, especially, by eliminating the deductibility of most local and state taxes and by eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandate, a deletion that is projected to wipe out hundreds of billions of dollars in federal health subsidies for the needy.” [Plain Dealer, 12/6/17]