A far-reaching update of Ohio’s municipal tax laws cleared the Senate Wednesday, putting the years-in-the-making package one step away from heading to the governor’s desk.
The House is expected to concur Thursday with Senate amendments to the controversial bill, which for the entire legislative session has pitted business interests against cities across the state.
Lawmakers are looking for ways to pay off the state’s unemployment compensation loan, but a fix won’t come in time to avoid another tax hike on Ohio employers.
Increasingly, Ohio employers are finding it difficult to find qualified, well-trained employees with the skills necessary to meet the demands of today’s workplace. Likewise, Gov. John Kasich has long recognized the importance of an effective workforce development system to Ohio’s economic competitiveness.