A major part of strengthening the state’s economy is to ensure that the money the government brings in by way of taxes is used efficiently and wisely. That means holding government accountable at every level.
For some, it might be easy to assume that government business and politics simply go hand-in-hand. But there is an important line between money used to run the state and money used to elect people to public office. When citizens pay taxes to the government, they expect that it will be used for purposes that benefit the pubic—road construction, police and fire, public transit. They should not be used to elect someone to public office or to support an issue that some taxpayers might oppose.
House Bill 326 is a simple, common-sense bill intended to protect taxpayers from bad actors in government. This bill will deter public officials from defrauding the hardworking citizens of Ohio and puts in place stricter penalties for anyone who does so.