- PNC Bank considered less stable after National City purchase – The Plain Dealer
- Editorial: ACT for Ohio – Akron Beacon Journal
- Editorial: Reshaping Ohio’s Schools – Toledo Blade
- Op-Ed, Dennis Willard: No Money to Back Up School Plan – Akron Beacon Journal
- Op-Ed, Michael Douglas: Flaws and all, Strickland’s plan good start – Akron Beacon Journal
- All day kindergarten reflects expectations – Dayton Daily News
- Officials: All Day K costly – Dayton Daily News
- Stakes high for Strickland – Dayton Daily News
- Strickland’s plan could help district retain teachers – Dayton Daily News
- Is Education Strickland’s ‘Afghanistan?’ – Dayton Daily News
- Will Strickland’s longer school year fly? – Toledo Blade
- Longer school year worries Ohio’s tourism industry – Associated Press
- LaTourette’s lobbyist wife’s clients – The Plain Dealer
- Editorial: Closer look at Ohio lobbyists – The Plain Dealer
- Husted takes second job with Dayton Chamber – Columbus Dispatch
- Op-Ed, Aaron Marshall: Strickland Boxes Himself In – The Plain Dealer
- Op-Ed, Jonathan Riskind: Boehner can have impact – Columbus Dispatch
- Editorial: What does it take to grow NCR here? – Dayton Daily News
- More nepotism from Cuyahoga Sherrif – The Plain Dealer
- Non-profit social service groups plight in this economy – Columbus Dispatch
- Property flipping scam bled $30 million from investors – Columbus Dispatch
- Truckers want uniform speed limit in Ohio – The Plain Dealer
- Editorial: PD’s goals for Cleveland – 2009 – The Plain Dealer
Notice to the left an image of the cover of some publication or other the wife and I received today from the Ohio Department of Taxation. This bad boy is all orange, red and scary. One minute you’re leafing through a handful of junk mail and in a second you are assaulted with this catalog-sized publication, seemingly on fire in your very hands, screaming: TAXES FOR SCHOOLS!
I wanted to weep. We’re just trying to get the credit card balance back to zero after Christmas. The Four Horseman of the American Economic Apocalypse may be just around the corner and I’m staring into the Great Seal of the State of Ohio with a nuclear burst in the center and the words, “2008 School District Income Tax Return and Instructions.” To add insult to my heightened senses, this document has pages and pages.
Well, this will be our first tax year in Ohio. I grew up here, went to college at Ohio University and then left for 15 or 16 years. I never owned property here and thought that my school district taxes were property-based and bundled into my mortgage like back in Illinois. I didn’t know there was ‘rigamarole.’
But then, this says, “School District Income Tax …”. Huh? I knew moving to Bexley, Ohio the property taxes were high because of the good city services and school system. What’s this with another income tax? I guess I’m going to have to read this damn book.
One hint to the marketing folks at Taxation. Taxes already make people see red – whether they willingly pay them, like me, or join the local chapter of Posse Comitatus, like others. I would suggest you adjust your color palette more to the muted blues or greens.
Well, I guess I know how I’ll spend the next hour or two …