Why Did Matt Dolan Duck Questions About How Much The ‘Lobbyists And Legislators’ Loophole Benefits Him Personally?

COLUMBUSState Sen. Matt Dolan is leading the push to protect the billion-dollar “legislators and lobbyists” tax loophole in the Senate GOP version of the state budget — but the last time the budget was being debated, he refused to say how much that loophole benefits him personally.

“Matt Dolan led this budget process for Ohio Senate Republicans, and he’s out there cheerleading for a billion-dollar ‘legislators and lobbyists’ loophole — a private tax subsidy that can benefit many state lawmakers, including Matt Dolan,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “The self-dealing, pay-to-play Republican culture in Columbus is on full display in the Senate Republican budget, and voters deserve to know exactly how much Matt Dolan is personally benefiting himself through his handiwork.”

From the Columbus Dispatch, June 11, 2017:

Ohio lawmakers benefit from business tax cuts they created

Also among those who potentially received the most generous tax break was Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls. Of the almost $300,000 of potentially deductible income he reported for 2016, more than $100,000 came from his ownership interest in the Cleveland Indians.

Neither Dolan nor Burke responded to questionnaires or requests for comment for this story.