Legal fees are just one of about 80 services that will be hit with a 5 percent Ohio sales tax, if Gov. John Kasich gets his way. He’s pushing a broadening of the sales tax base to raise money for a major cut in the state income tax. But Ohio lawyers are protesting. The Ohio State Bar Association has just come out against the sales tax hike. Incoming president Jonathan Hollingsworth worries that a new tax would inflate legal expenses for families and for businesses, and he tells Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen that could even cause constitutional problems because criminal defendants have a right to legal advice.
Hollingsworth's group is one of the most politically-powerful so far to come out against Kasich’s proposal to spread a 5 percent state sales tax to several dozen services. Also on the list are cable TV, haircuts, accounting, pet grooming, movie tickets, and bowling.