Leave it to Gov. Stricktaft to find yet another way for Ohioans to lose jobs.
This time, it’s a tax on the state’s hospitals.
Ohio hospitals stand to lose $145 million as a result of a fee state officials plan to levy on hospitals in an attempt to balance the budget.
It’s a move that could cost jobs, services and increase the cost of medical care, according to the Ohio Hospitals Association.
If Gov. Ted Strickland signs the budget, most hospitals beginning this October would be required to pay the state a fee valued at 1.52 percent of its 2007 operating expenses. For the 2011 fiscal year, that fee will be based on 2008 expenses and jump to 1.61 percent, according to the legislation.
Since hospitals have no real way to raise money for the fee, “they are going to have to (make) cuts to meet this new requirement,” Himmelreich said.
Seriously, Gov. We get it. You hate jobs. But please, stop with the tax increases. This is getting ridiculous.
h/t: Johnny Drama