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Anti-tax group urges Ohio Senate against health insurer hike

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An anti-tax activist wants Ohio state senators to let stand Republican Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) veto of a proposal to increase taxes on health insurers that would have sent money to counties and regional bus services.

Lawmakers proposed the idea to offset losses from a sales tax on Medicaid-managed care organizations that’s being discontinued by the federal government. Kasich’s administration contended the $ 207 million tax increase risked Ohio losing even more money and would create a $ 615 million loss for Medicaid.

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is warning senators that his Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform would be “educating” constituents on any vote. He sent a similar letter last month to members of the Ohio House, who voted to override the veto anyway.

A Senate session is scheduled Tuesday.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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