WSYX TV: Dolan Blasts Mike Gibbons’ Claim That Middle-Class Doesn’t Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes

“I’m not surprised Mike completely out of touch with what’s happening in Ohio because he’s not really running an Ohio centric campaign”

In case you missed it, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Dolan appeared on ABC 6 Columbus this evening to once again refute  Mike Gibbons’ claim that middle-class Americans do not pay “any kind of a fair share” of income taxes. According to Tom Bosco’s report, when given the chance to “walk back” the comments Gibbons refused to take part in an interview and instead sent a quote flip-flopping on his past comments.

In response, Dolan said “No one needs to pay more taxes. The more government stays out of people’s lives and keeps dollars and peoples’ and businesses’ pockets, the better we are … I’m not surprised Mike completely out of touch with what’s happening in Ohio because he’s not really running an Ohio centric campaign.”


In the fall of 2021, Gibbons said, “[t]he top 20% of earners in the United States pay 82% of federal income tax — and, if you do the math, and 45% to 50% don’t pay any income tax, you can see the middle class is not really paying any kind of a fair share, depending on how you want to define it. The comments by Gibbons, a millionaire investment banker from Cleveland, were made in a September episode of “The Landscape” podcast by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

More information on Matt Dolan’s conservative fiscal record in the Ohio Statehouse:

  • In 2021, Dolan drafted, negotiated, passed and implemented what the Ohio Republican Party referred to as the “most conservative budget in Ohio legislative history.”
  • Dolan stopped a billion-dollar tax increase on Ohio’s small businesses.
  • Since Dolan was elected to the State Legislature, Ohio’s top income tax bracket has decreased nearly 47%, saving the average Ohio worker hundreds of dollars per year in taxes.
  • Dolan delivered a tax cut for every Ohioan in the 2021 Budget.
  • Dolan spearheaded $95 million in investments into Ohio workforce and skills training programs over the last 5 years.
  • Dolan voted this year to reduce regulations on Ohio businesses by 30% by 2025.
  • Dolan’s efforts with the state budget reduced the number of income tax brackets in Ohio from 9 brackets to 4, saving Ohio families and businesses time and money.
  • Dolan sponsored and passed multiple bills to modernize Ohio’s economy, such as authorizing blockchain-based transactions in our state.
  • Dolan was recognized as a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in Ohio in 2020.
  • Dolan was awarded Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Council of Smaller Enterprises in 2018.
  • Dolan was endorsed by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and 2020.
  • Dolan co-sponsored a bill to protect small businesses from costly wage and hour lawsuits by clarifying Ohio’s overtime laws.
  • Dolan voted to make a variety of updates to municipal net profit tax law to improve the relationship between the taxpayer, the municipality and the state and to simplify the tax filing process.
  • Dolan co-sponsored a bill to protect consumers and small businesses by cracking down on online sales of stolen or counterfeit goods.
  • Dolan co-sponsored a bill to address Ohio’s workforce crisis by allowing students to participate in an apprenticeship program while earning academic credit and offering tax credits to businesses that provide training to career-technical programs.
  • Dolan was named a 2021 Ohio Chamber of Commerce “Champion of Business.”
  • Dolan voted to protect property owners from school districts unilaterally increasing their property taxes.

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