Governor John Kasich

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the Republican presidential nomination, saying he has the executive level experience and background necessary to lead.

Kasich joined Bentley for an event Monday at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham.

Bentley says he called Kasich to offer his support after seeing him in a recent debate. Bentley cites Kasich's experience and compassion as factors in his decision to endorse him.

Ohio Governor Authorizes Arming Recruiters

Jul 22, 2015
Ohio Army National Guard

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has authorized personnel at Ohio National Guard recruitment centers to carry weapons following last week's shooting in Tennessee that killed four Marines and a sailor.

The guard says Major General Mark Bartman, the Adjutant General of Ohio, granted the authorization as part of an update of policies and training requirements for the recruiting centers and a review of all security measures.

Ohio Gov. Kasich Is 16th Notable Entry Into GOP Race

Jul 21, 2015
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Governor John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race.
The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: "The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again."
He's the 16th notable Republican to join the bustling contest for the nomination.
Kasich says that despite all the competitors, he's the only one with experience in three broad areas of political leadership - the federal budget, national security and state government.

Governor Explains Plan For New Buckeye Lake Dam

Jul 17, 2015
Buckeye Lake in central Ohio / Flickr/Creative Commons

The future of Buckeye Lake in central Ohio is a little clearer after the governor announced some more details for the new dam.

Gov. John Kasich says the state has picked a design to replace the old, weakening dam at the lake. The project was originally set at around $150 million and expected to take about five years. And while Kasich said the method they plan to use, known as soil mixing, would save time and money, he didn’t want to get into the specifics.

Gov. John Kasich vetoed 44 items in the new state budget, and one of them related to the sometimes difficult online tests that taxpayers getting refunds had to fill out to prove their identities.

The tax department and legislators got thousands of complaints that the online identity tests were asking for old information that was hard to recall – such as past addresses and details about now-adult children. So lawmakers proposed the required information be no more than five years old.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

Abortion clinics in Dayton and Toledo might be forced to close by tightening state regulations. New provisions in the governor’s budget signed into law Tuesday evening could make it harder for abortion providers to stay open.

Kasich Still Fighting To Get 'Fracking' Tax Approved This Year

Jun 2, 2015
Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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Senate leaders are talking about possibly creating a so-called "fracking" tax through this year’s budget plan. The fight over increasing the oil and natural gas tax has been a long battle on many fronts.

The Senate plans on releasing a revised budget any day now and it might include an increase to what’s known as the severance tax—this is a tax on the oil and gas extracted from Ohio’s shale. 

If that happens, it could be Gov. John Kasich’s closest shot at getting an increase to pass in three years.

Inspector General: No Improper Influence In Ohio EPA

May 8, 2015

The state’s top internal investigator has completed his report after accusations that the governor’s office swayed water quality permit decisions based on political pressure.

In 2013, George Elmaraghy, an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency chief said in a mass email to staff that he was forced to resign because of pressure from the coal industry. In the letter, Elmaraghy suggested that there were coal plants that did not deserve permits under the federal Clean Water Act. 

Following his resignation, House Democrats called for an investigation into these claims.

Woman spend up to $200 a year on taxes for feminine hygiene products.
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Gov. John Kasich’s budget director is sending a strong signal to the Ohio Senate that the budget plan passed by the House won’t work. Kasich wants some elements of his original budget put into the Senate’s version.

Kasich’s budget included income tax cuts that were offset with new taxes on tobacco, gas and oil drilling and increased or new sales taxes. The House removed those tax hikes but offered a smaller 6.3 percent income tax cut. Budget Director Tim Keen says the House took money set aside for unplanned Medicaid expenses and used revenue figures that are too rosy.

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After two months, Republicans who lead the Ohio House will unveil their version of Gov. John Kasich’s two year budget this week. 

The House version of the $72 billion budget is likely to include a tax cut, but it may not be the 23 percent across the board cut that Kasich had proposed. House leaders have not embraced the governor’s ideas to pay for tax cuts with increases in other taxes, such as those on cigarettes and oil and gas drillers, and the hike in the state sales tax and the commercial activity tax or CAT.