We must also eliminate redundancy and increase the efficiency of our state government. We must cut the state budget enough to begin actually eliminating the state income tax. Deep cuts in the state's bureaucracy, such as Ohio's state Medicaid system, which is 40% costlier than the national average, are not unrealistic. By targeting these spending excesses, our legislature could reduce the state budget to the point where a state income tax would be unnecessary. Other states such as Texas and Florida prosper with no state income tax. Ohio can again be home to good jobs if we can just reduce the tax burden on our citizens!