Alert: March 22, 2013

AAF Ohio Members:

Rep. Ron Amstutz, R-Wooster, chairman of the House Finance Committee has publicly stated that Governor Kasich’s planned expansion of the state sales tax, including the tax on advertising, is most likely to be eliminated from the budget. He said that if it survives in future versions, it will “look very, very different” from the Governor’s proposal.  A revised version of the budget is expected to be made public around April 8.

While this is very good news, it is not yet a definitive victory.  Most lawmakers still want to pass the Governor’s proposed income tax cut, which means that substantial amounts of replacement revenue must be found. Until a the budget is passed by the legislature and enacted into law an element of risk exists.

Given this news, a full court press with legislators on the ad tax would be inappropriate. For the next two weeks the legislature will be in recess and most lawmakers will be back home.  For any ad club members who know or see their representatives, it would be helpful to let them know we are pleased with this development and hope that the ad tax issue will not be raised again.

Congratulations for all of your good work fighting the ad tax.  We will continue to keep a close eye on the legislature to make sure the ad tax is not resurrected and will keep you apprised of any developments.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Clark Rector
Executive Vice President-Government Affairs
American Advertising Federation
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