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State's direct aid to local governments has history

By Doug Published: March 28, 2011

The Cleveland Plain Dealer dug into the history books and found that the so-called "Local government funds," which will be cut by about half in Gov. John Kasich's budget, date back to the Great Depression.

Blow the dust off Ohio history books and it becomes evident that the state sales tax, which took effect in 1935, was begun as a way to help counties provide services to the poor, help communities provide essential services to their residents and help pay for local schools.

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