Push to eliminate estate tax in Ohio begins
COLUMBUS, Ohio: A push to eliminate Ohio's estate tax began in Ohio this month, initiated by the Ohio chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Earlier this month, the group filed an initial petition with more than 1,000 signatures. Should the petition be approved the group will be required to collect 120,683 valid signatures. If certified by the Ohio Attorney General the proposed repeal of Ohio's estate tax will be considered by the state legislature. According to group president John Boyle Jr., the tax isn't necessary and has led to people and businesses to leave the state. Should the legislature fail to act on the measure, proposal supporters will have a chance to collect additional signatures to place the measure on the ballot. In 2007 an attempt to repeal the estate tax failed to pass after the measure stalled in the legislature following Gov. Ted Strickland's announcement that he was prepared to veto the measure.