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Conservative Group Hopes Committee Chips Away At $9 Billion In Tax Loopholes

Greg Lawson of The Buckeye Institute
Ohio Public Radio
Greg Lawson of The Buckeye Institute

A conservative group is praising what looks to finally be the beginning of a committee that’s supposed to look into so-called tax loopholes. This is an issue that has support from both ends of the political spectrum.

The conservative Buckeye Institute says it would consider it a win if the state could find a way of closing up to $1 billion in what they call tax loopholes by the state's new Tax Expenditure Review Committee.  

The group’s Greg Lawson says he’s excited about a review of the state’s 120-plus tax expenditures, which includes a tax break for fractional jet ownership and for political donations.

“What you’re really doing is making Swiss cheese out of the tax code, there’s big holes that some people are going to drive through and other people are not going to drive through," Lawson said. "That’s not what tax policy should be about.”

Though liberal groups such as Policy Matters Ohio are also in support, Lawson says they'd likely disagree over what to do with the extra money.

House and Senate leadership appointed four Republicans and two Democrats in June to the new Tax Expenditure Review Committee, which will look over $9 billion in exemptions, credits, deductions and other breaks in the budget.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.