Pew report: Ohio’s tax revenues still have not recovered from recession

    Graphic courtesy PewTrusts.org

    Most states have seen their tax revenue fully recovered from the economic recession a decade ago.

    Ohio is among the notable exceptions, research from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows, with tax collections in 2019’s first quarter still 7 percent below Ohio’s peak. Income taxes have been repeatedly slashed in Ohio budgets over the last decade.

    Pew tracked the state tax collections during the first quarter of 2019 and compared those figures to each state’s respective peak prior to the recession.

    A total of 41 states have fully recovered after accounting for inflation, according to Pew.

    “Revenue in these states was still below its recession-era peak for a variety of reasons,” Pew reported, “including state tax cuts, weak economic growth, volatile energy prices, or an unusually high tax revenue peak before the downturn.”

    Only Florida has a higher population than Ohio among those nine states. All of Ohio’s surrounding states have fully recovered (in terms of state tax revenues), as have all other Midwest states besides Missouri.

    You can read Pew’s full report here.

    Tyler Buchanan
    Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.