Paying The High Price Of The State Budget

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Tuesday, February 4, 2003 - 10:33 AM
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Hunters, nurses and barbers are among those who’ll be asked to plug Ohio’s budget gap. Fee increases are part of the 49 billion dollar two-year state budget that Governor Taft proposed this week. Taft says the fee increases would raise more than 96 million dollars. He says that in most cases the hikes are needed just to cover the cost of providing the service. User fees are bringing in about 66 million dollars under the current two-year budget. The proposal would increase the cost for hunting and fishing licenses, liquor permits, certain inspection fees and professional licenses, such as those for nurses, veterinarians and barbers. Local governments would pay more for inspecting dams. And fees would double for boxing and wrestling promoters and for the state’s nursing homes.

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