Ohio Attorney General Sues to Block ‘Unconstitutional’ Part of Covid-19 Relief Bill

by Jordan Lancaster

Republican Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit Wednesday in an attempt to block part of the recently passed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, argues the “Tax Mandate” portion of the American Rescue Plan is unconstitutional and seeks a preliminary injunction that would prevent the mandate from being enforced.

President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan includes $5.5 billion in federal funding for the state of Ohio, but states the funds cannot be used to “‘directly or indirectly’ offset revenue loss from tax reductions.” All funds that a state takes from the American Rescue Plan would either directly or indirectly offset any tax deduction a state may implement. This essentially prevents states from implementing any tax deductions at all, the lawsuit argues.

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