The study cited in your March 12 editorial "Advantage Buckeyes: Ohio trumps Michigan in a key measure of business tax burdens" used 2006 data that is no longer relevant, given that both Michigan and Ohio have since revamped their respective business tax structures.
Ohio's effective sales tax rate is 6.8%. Michigan's is 6%.
In addition, Ohio taxes 14 business services while Michigan taxes only seven, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators.
Finally, the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index for 2009, which measures how tax laws affect economic performance, shows Michigan has a "more favorable" tax system for businesses. Michigan was ranked 20th in the country, ahead of every Midwestern state except Indiana. Ohio came in 47th.
Michigan is not a high-tax state. Repeat: Michigan is not a high-tax state. Spread the word before the Republicans drive away even more business with their continuously bad-mouthing our tax climate.