However, when his budget was made public, it included increases in 120 different fees - from drivers licenses and car registrations to new business filings.
It should come as no surprise that I believe fees are, indeed, taxes. But you might be surprised to know that the Governor agrees with me.
Shortly after taking office in 2007, Strickland made it perfectly clear that he opposed both higher taxes and higher fees as a way to raise more money, saying, "I think higher fees are higher taxes." Columbus Dispatch, 2-3-09
So, if higher fees are higher taxes and he's promised not to raise taxes, how can he raise fees?
Oh, well, you see, "not every fee is like every other fee."
Translation: now that I want to raise fees to balance the budget, they're not really a tax.