Budget and Tax articles

Abatements for Thee but Not for Me?

Abatements for Thee but Not for Me?

As Franklin County property owners, including myself, recently paid our first installment of real estate taxes, the time seems right to review the worst-kept secret in the state: Franklin County residents pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation – except for the growing numbers of residents who pay almost nothing. Most Franklin

EPA Rules Will Hit African-Americans Hardest in Ohio

President Obama continuously cites his concern for “income inequality” in America while conveniently avoiding discussion of the “energy insecurity” that will ensue from his proposed carbon regulations. A recent report issued by the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) examined the proposed carbon regulations and the energy insecurity that will result in coal-heavy states like ours. [RELATED

An Internet Sales Tax Is Bad for the Young People of Ohio

One surefire sign something’s working? The government wants to tax it. Alas, it was only a matter of time before the Internet — the one sphere of enterprise that has remained relatively free from regulation — started coming under attack. This time, the government’s efforts take the form of a bill called the Marketplace Fairness

Parks and Wreck? Memory Thieves Strike Again in SW Ohio

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” ― White Queen to Alice, Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll When we were young, my brothers, our friends, and I would spend many a summer day at Garfield Park, in Garfield Heights, Ohio. The park contained ball fields, creeks,

Foundations of Economics: It’s Not a Jungle Out There

As we have examined in Part 2 of this Foundations of Economics series, in a division of labor economy we each focus on producing one or a few things while depending on everyone else to produce the majority of things we need and want.  The obvious question arises, then, of who should produce what?  A

Nightmare on Main Street: ‘All Politics Is Local’

Many of us rant about what goes on in the halls of Congress but know very little about what goes on in our town halls. This is ironic considering we have a greater chance of influencing a local issue than some grand scheme being concocted in Washington DC. More importantly, local politics is too often

ObamaCare Breaking the Backbone of the Economy

The National Small Business Association recently released its 2014 Small Business Health Care Survey.  The survey reveals that 91% of respondents reported an increase in the costs of their health plans at their most recent renewal. [Related on OCR: “Obamacare Sticker Shock, Part 1: Premiums Expected To Rise 88%”] One in four small businesses saw

IRS Censoring 501(c)(4)s, Part 3: The First Amendment Chokehold & Steps Forward

[Editor’s note: Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on OCR.] The IRS Promulgates Rules Designed to Choke the First Amendment After the intense media scrutiny that followed the revelations of the nature and extent of the IRS plan to target Center-Right groups and the resulting Congressional investigations, the IRS and the

IRS Censoring 501(c)(4)s, Part 2: Current Attacks and TEA Party Targeting

[Editor’s note: Check out Part 1 of this series on OCR.] The Current Attacks on Section 501(c)(4) Organizations As noted in the previous section of this article, the simple truth is that it has always been understood that Section 501(c)(4) organizations have a political “agenda,” because they are designed to be advocacy organizations for specific

Setting the Record Straight on Censorship, 501(c)(4)s, and the IRS, Part 1

Introduction Ever since the IRS targeting scandal erupted last Spring, we have been fed incomplete and incorrect information regarding the laws that affect organizations that are used for advocacy purposes.  The goal of this 3-part series is to correct many of these misstatements and half-truths while giving you a brief reference document that is useful