The middle class does not pay a fair share

COLUMBUS – Mike Gibbons, a leading Republican candidate for the Ohio Senate, said at a media event last fall that middle-class Americans pay “no fair share” of income taxes.

“The top 20% in the United States pay 82% of federal income tax – and if you count that and 45% to 50% pay no income tax, you can see that the middle class doesn’t really pay any fair share, depending on from how you want to define it, ”said Gibbons.

The comments of Gibbons, a millionaire investment banker from Cleveland, were featured in the September episode of the podcast “The Landscape” by Crain’s Cleveland Business. However, they could resonate after Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, a potential presidential candidate in 2024, unveiled a government plan in February that divided the party over its call for tax cuts for millions of Americans who don’t earn enough to to pay federal income taxes.

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