Statewide News
8:04 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Lima to Host State of the State

The northwest Ohio city of Lima is preparing to host Gov. John Kasich as he delivers his third annual State of the State address, the second in a row outside the Statehouse.

The speech's location outside Columbus on Tuesday isn't the only thing that's unconventional. So is its hour of 6:45 p.m., a departure from previous noontime addresses.

Kasich will use the address to tout his $63.2 billion, two-year budget. The spending blueprint includes a new school-funding formula and expansion of the Medicaid government health-insurance program. It also overhauls the tax code to lower rates on income, sales and small-business taxes while imposing sales taxes on many new services and increasing the rate on high-volume oil and gas extraction.

A protest including Democrats, autoworkers and others is expected.