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Summary of Kasich Proposed Ohio Tax Changes

On February 2, 2015, Ohio Governor John Kasich released his “Blueprint for a New Ohio” in which he outlined budget goals for the 2016-2017 fiscal years. Continuing a trend from prior budgets, the plan calls for further reductions in the personal income tax rate, expansion of the small business deduction, revisions to the minimum commercial activity tax for businesses with less than $2 million in annual receipts, and increased personal exemptions for lower and middle income taxpayers. The reductions would be paid for in part by increases in the sales, cigarette and commercial activity tax rates, as well as a revamping of Ohio’s severance tax on oil and natural gas. Overall, the proposal claims a reduction of over $500 million over the two years. Personal Income TaxCurrent law contains a deduction for one-half of the first $250,000 for an individual’s net business income; this deduction applies to sole proprietors as well as to the owners of pass-through entities such as partnerships, S corporations, and limited liability companies. The budget proposes to exclude the first $2 million in net business income entirely from the tax and to apply the existing deduction to any remaining income. Personal income tax rates will be reduced 15 percent during the first year of the budget, with an additional 8 percent reduction for the second year. The top personal income tax rate would be reduced...

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Architypes – Winter 2015

   ArchiTypes An Official E-Newsletter of AIA Ohio – Winter 2015 IN THIS ISSUE Presidents Message AIA Ohio Honor Awards 2015 Government Affairs Report IDP Firms Award Winners Governor’s Appointments OSC15 Save the Date Update from Ohio Architects Board Accreditation Announcement   QUICK LINKS www.aiaohio.orgwww.aia.org AIA Ohio Board Member List   AIA Ohio Convention    AIA Akron    AIA Cincinnati    AIA Cleveland    AIA Columbus    AIA Dayton    AIA Eastern Ohio    AIA Toledo     FOLLOW US            PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Jim Sarks, AIA       As President Elect last year 2015 loomed large for me as I asked myself what...

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ODOT/OFCC/P3 Being Studied

After two Republican senators chided the agency for a lack of details in a funding request. the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) requested that a $100 million item be deferred during a January 26 meeting of the Ohio Controlling Board. Johann Klein, ODOT legislative liaison, told Controlling Board Interim President Robin McGuire Rose the agency will defer until next meeting the request seeking approval of capital funds for the construction of highway maintenance facilities through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). The request also seeks a more than $51 million contract with the Ohio Council of Port Authorities (OCPA).  Sens. Bill Coley (R-West Chester) and Chris Widener (R-Springfield) both criticized ODOT for not providing enough information about specific projects in the request. “A little vague is being generous here,” Coley said of the item, asking the department to provide detailed printouts of where facilities are being constructed, located, etc. Widener asked for a cost-benefit analysis of this plan — OCPA contracting work out to local port authorities to do construction — as opposed to ODOT directly contracting with a partner. ODOT Facility Administrator Steve Masters said the agency has done an analysis examining ODOT/OFCC construction results compared with ODOT engaging in a public private partnership (P3) such as the one with OCPA. He said it shows that P3’s are generally more efficient. “The P3 process has been less expensive...

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Facilities Panels Re-Elect Leadership

The Ohio School Facilities Construction Commission and Ohio Facilities Construction Commission met to reorganize for the biennium January 22nd, voting to keep Budget Director Tim Keen as chairman and Administrative Services Director Robert Blair as vice chairman. Keen said while the commissions previously authorized him to direct the process of naming a permanent replacement for now-retired Director Richard Hickman, he’s not made much headway given his work on Gov. John Kasich’s third biennial budget proposal, due in less than two weeks. Keen said he expects to be able to do more once the budget is released, and said the panels are being well-served now by David Chovan, the interim...

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