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March 2014



Ways and Means Committee Hearing
At a recent hearing where we heard arguments in favor of the governor's mid-biennium review (MBR) proposal, I addressed the following comments and question to Director Keen and Commissioner Testa:
"It's my opinion that there is no such thing as a good tax and no tax is worse than an income tax. I applaud your efforts to continue to chip away at the state income tax. However, I have a number of concerns with your proposals:

  1. You're increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). That has been such a disaster at the federal level with fraud and abuse. I hope that we can be smarter with it here than they have been in Washington. Now, I understand that the federal EITC is refundable and Ohio's is not. Maybe that's the reason we can manage it smarter.
  2. I'm disappointed that the Ohio Marriage Penalty has not been addressed. If you stick around after this hearing, you'll learn more about it in House Bill 396.
  3. Your proposal to increase the severance tax on oil and gas production very much concerns me. The exploration, production, and distribution of oil and gas is a matter of national security.
  4. Increasing the Commercial Activities Tax (CAT) on businesses is also problematic for low margin businesses.
  5. Regarding the tobacco tax increase; to paraphrase something that Tina Fey, from Saturday Night Live, might say: 'I can see Kentucky from my house.' The tax is only sixty cents in Kentucky, 55 cents in West Virginia, one dollar in Indiana, $1.60 in Pennsylvania, and you are proposing it to be $1.85 in Ohio. I don't want all that traffic leaving Ohio to buy tobacco products and other purchases somewhere else.

In House Bill 59, general revenue fund (GRF) spending increased 9.6 percent in fiscal year 2014 and an additional 4.7 percent in FY 2015. Spending continues to be way above the inflation rate.
Dr. Richard Vedder is a distinguished professor of economics emeritus at Ohio University. He has brought in charts and graphs and testified in the past that Ohio can phase out the income tax over ten years without raising other taxes or cutting spending. He was here to testify on HB 59 and I had the opportunity to ask him about that. Dr. Vedder affirmed that all we needed to do was simply hold spending increases to the rate of inflation and we can abolish the income tax. And now for my question: Isn't the Vedder model - that is holding spending to the inflation rate without increasing other taxes - the better model to follow? I'd like your comments."
Director Keen's response was to simply defend the increase in education spending.

Did one of my predictions come true already?
You might recall from the
October 2013 issue of The Becker Report that I pretended to be a liberal and presented the arguments in favor of creative marriages. They included homosexual, sibling, parent and child, polygamy, and inter-species. And now this story is out: Yes, Itís Really Happening. This Woman Just Married A Dog.

Letter to the Editor that the Cincinnati Enquirer Refused to Print
Dear Editor:
In the March 3, 2014 edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Hate groups on decline" was encouraging. What I found most interesting was the definition of a hate group: "The hate-group label applies to organizations whose beliefs are predicated on the idea that an entire group of human beings is somehow less than other humans."
Based on that definition, I am curious why Planned Parenthood was not included with the other hate-groups they listed. Planned Parenthood not only believes that pre-born human beings are of lesser value than post-born humans, they actively kill them. According to Planned Parenthood's annual report, they killed 327,166 pre-born human beings during 2012. Since the year 2000, Planned Parenthood has killed more than 3.6 million pre-born humans.
Wow! If any organization ever qualified for the "hate-group" label - Planned Parenthood has clearly earned the top ranking.
John Becker - March 4, 2014


Ohio House of Representatives
The list of bills that I've sponsored include:
HB 188 eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty.
HB 191 corrects the definition of a machine gun.
HB 210 prohibits law enforcement from destroying firearms and requires that they be sold to federally licensed firearms dealers (FFL).
HB 234 allows hunting with suppressors.
HB 236 allows public sector employees with concealed carry licenses to carry into government buildings.
HB 240 eliminates the February and August special elections.
HB 244 elevates the crimes of rape and child molestation to capital crimes subject to the death penalty.
HB 250 allows for two weeks of early voting concluding the Friday before the election.
HB 255 reforms Medicaid and saves taxpayers $1.5 billion per year.
HB 263 specifies that early voting days and hours shall be M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
HB 266 prohibits the board of elections from sending out unsolicited materials and prohibits pre-paid postage.
HB 269 requires photo ID for voting.
HB 271 expands immunity from malpractice litigation for health care professionals providing free services to the poor and uninsured.
HB 285 eliminates double dippers.
HB 305 makes Ohio a closed primary state and allows voters to change party affiliation at any time other than 30 days prior to an election.
HJR 8 is a constitutional amendment expanding term limits to all state and local offices and setting them at 12 years with a few exceptions.
HCR 37 is a resolution for Ohio's General Assembly to ask the US Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Federal District Judge Timothy Black
HB 340 is the Firearms Freedom Act based on the Montana law that asserts state sovereignty over intra-state commerce.
HB 351 prohibits private and public insurance companies from covering abortions. The only exception is ectopic (tubal).
HB 357 provides taxpayer relief from the sales tax on core charges such as batteries and other automobile parts
HB 372 permits water skiers and the like to utilize a rear view mirror rather than a spotter on boats and personal watercraft.
HB 396 permits all married couples, regardless of sexual orientation, to file Ohio tax returns separate without regard to how they filed their federal returns. Under the current practice of the Ohio Department of Taxation, only homosexuals are allowed this privilege. (See IT S.) And therefore, only homosexuals are currently allowed to avoid the Ohio Marriage Penalty and maximize both federal and state tax benefits. HB 396 aligns statute with current practice and solves the litigation problem based on the Equal Protection Clause.
HB 403 is a follow-up to HB 236 and allows all citizens, with concealed carry permits, to enter most public buildings.

HJR 10 is a constitutional amendment allowing for recall elections for all state and local elected officials.

HB 420 is employee parking lot carry.
HB 475 allows the courtesy of flashing headlights to warn of hazards such as police radar.

Video Central
#1 Cause of Death (2+ minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 News talking about HB 475 (3 minutes)
Senator Rand Paul explains how the Senate works; or doesn't work (4+ minutes)

Older Clips
John Becker on Fox 19 News talking about "Stand Your Ground" (HB 203) (3 minutes)
John Becker on Ch. 10 News in Columbus regarding the impeachment of Judge Black (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about HB 244 (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about Medicaid (2 minutes)
John Becker radio interview with Chris Long, Ohio Christian Alliance (25 minutes)

Event Calendar
April 1, 2014
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm

April 4, 2014
Government Strategies Group First Friday Luncheon

April 7, 2014
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center at 7 pm

April 7, 2014
Voter Registration Deadline

April 9, 2014
Common Core forum in the Riffe Center Theatre

April 11, 2014
Clermont Chamber Monthly Luncheon at the Eastgate Receptions at 11:30 AM

April 16, 2014
Clermont County GOP meeting at HQ in Batavia

May 6, 2014
Election Day

Becker for State Representative
Ranked a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
ď arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House,Ē said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
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