Ohio Tax Plan Hits Concerts, Sports, Even Bowling

Feb 19, 2013

Gov. John Kasich's plan to expand Ohio's sales tax might take some of the fun out of going to concerts, high school football games and amusement parks.

Kasich wants to cut the state's overall sales-tax rate while also applying the lower 5 percent tax on new items like bowling alleys, pool halls, circuses and arcade games.

Admission to fairs, museums, and theme parks would come under Ohio's sales tax for the first time. So would tickets to pro, college and high school games.

The question facing Ohio's entertainment and sports operators is whether they would pass the costs onto ticket buyers and customers if lawmakers approve the plan.

The Republican governor says it brings fairness to Ohio's tax rates. Opponents say it's the wrong time to widen the sales tax.

Kasich will be talking up his entire $63.3 billion, two-year state spending plan in Lima as he delivers his State of the State address this evening. Kasich's speech is also expected to draw some protests.