TEL Amendment basics

Ken Blackwell’s central economic initiative is the Tax Expenditure Limitation amendment. My gut reaction is to support the TEL, but that’s just tentative. While I read up on the subject, here are a few useful links for your information. I’ll add to the list as I find more.

  • The text of the TEL itself.
  • Tom Blumer at BizzyBlog rounds up answers to common TEL objections.
  • The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions and the Independence Institute conducted a joint study that concluded “a well-constructed Tax and Expenditure Limitation might be the only thing that will force Ohio policymakers to hold the line on spending.”
  • The American Policy Roundtable has five objections to the TEL amendment.
  • Michael New’s history of the repeal of Colorado’s TABOR amendment (here and here).
  • Ramesh Ponnuru on a flaw in Colorado’s TABOR called the “recession ratchet.”
  • The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association has several anti-TEL resources.
  • Ted Strickland doesn’t have a detailed objection to TEL anywhere on his site, but he does have this blurb.

Give me a shout if you have any recommended reading that I missed.

  1. I think the issue of whether local governments are being hamstrung needs to be addressed.
    I don’t recall that Coloardo’s TABOR did anything but restricts STATE spending. All of the work “we” did late last year assumed that only state spending was relevant. TEL does more.
    TEL says that county and local governments that want to bust the TEL spending limit of inflation plus population growth have to get voter approval. I’m OK with that.
    But some say that TEL dicates that county/local tax increases have to be improved by 50% of REGISTERED voters, not voters on Election Day. If that’s so, local increases of any kind will be impossible.
    At some point I’m going to dig into it, but not now.

  2. That’s one of the issues I’m going to look into, too. Before I comment on TEL, it’d be best if I know what the heck I’m talking about.

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