Over the last few weeks, Richard Cordray has changed his tune on raising taxes, but he can't change his record.
When called out publicly for his plans to raise taxes, Cordray denied that he would:
- Cordray said his first priority would be to flip the economic policies implemented by Republicans (which means raising taxes).
- Cordray has promised "free" community college but refused to say how he'd pay for it (which means raising taxes).
- Cordray said he would look at a combination of taxes and dipping into the state reserves to pay for his initiatives (literally raising taxes).
Over the last eight years, Ohio Republicans have cut taxes by $5 Billion and implemented other economic policies that have created a business climate ranking in the top 10 nationally and spurred the creation of more than 540,000 jobs.
The last time Richard Cordray was in office and Democrat economic policies were in place, Ohio lost nearly 400,000 jobs and ranked 48th in the nation for job creation.
"Ohioans are happy with the booming economy and extra money in their pockets thanks to Republican tax cuts, and Richard Cordray knows it," ORP spokesman Blaine Kelly said. "Cordray's attempt to trick voters into believing he wouldn't raise taxes is laughable and easily refuted with a quick Google search."
Cordray on the record (and refusing to comment):
In a candidate survey, Cordray's campaign said:
"Their first priority will be to flip the misguided economic policies that have for years rewarded those at the top at the expense of everyone else."
"In addition, Ohio is in need of fair taxation. Over the past decade, Republicans in Columbus have enacted $5 billion in tax cuts, including eliminating the estate tax, which primarily benefited corporations and the wealthiest...
...As Governor, Rich is committed to returning fairness in how we tax and how we spend."
When asked about his plan for "free" community college:
"He did not answer questions about how he would pay for his plan."
"He has considered a combination of taxes, state reserves and money from lawsuits" to pay for their initiatives. When pressed for details on taxes, his campaign refused to elaborate.
During the Democratic primary, Cordray made his feelings about responsible spending and tax cuts clear:
"And if the legislature continues down its current path of tax and budget cuts," he added sternly, “there will be vetoes.”