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7:04 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Ohio Casino Revenue May Be Less Than Projected

Gov. John Kasich's budget proposal suggests that revenue from Ohio's four voter-approved casinos could be about half of what officials had predicted years ago.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that state officials estimated four years ago that the casinos could take in as much as $1.9 billion a year after all were in operation.

But Kasich's budget proposal issued Tuesday projects that gross casino revenue will be $957.7 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. It could rise to just over $1 billion in the following fiscal year.

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Politics
6:44 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Highlights Of Governor's State Budget Proposal

- TAX CUTS: Reduces small business taxes by 50 percent, cuts state income tax by 20 percent over three years, and decreases sales tax from 5.5 percent to 5 percent.

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Statewide News
10:40 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Kasich Medicaid Expansion Sets Up Debate

Kasich explains budget
Credit Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

As part of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s budget plan released Monday, the republican announced that he’ll push for expanding Ohio Medicaid services under the federal health care law. 

The governor’s plan to expand the Medicaid program has some conservative leaning groups concerned.  Opposition to the plan is largely centered on increased administrative costs for the state.  And some say Medicaid funding is already unsustainable, so why expand the program?  Seth Morgan is policy director of Americans for Prosperity – Ohio. 

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Around the Miami Valley
4:22 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Founding Director of Afro-American Museum Shares His Story

Dr. John Fleming was the founding director of the Afro-American Museum in Wilberforce. The museum opened its doors in 1988. He was saddened to see it close in August of 2011. For awhile the future of it was uncertain, but it re-opened recently thanks in part to funding from the state.

It did not make Fleming happy to see the museum close because of mold problems. And now he feels the museum staff, led by current Director Dr. Charles Wash, needs to think about its future and what it will take to keep it going.

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Around the Miami Valley
2:50 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

EchoingU: An Alternate Path for Adults with Disabilities

First Day 2012
Credit EchoingU

Echoing University is a four year, post-secondary transition program for young adults with disabilities.  Some have recently graduated from high school but the school serves adults up to age 30 who aren't ready to attend a traditional college, and aren't yet prepared for full time competitive employment. It's an alternative to more traditional service models. On a recent visit to the EchoingU campus I spoke with Campus Supervisor Nichole Sturk to find out more....

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