Gov. John Kasich will unveil his second budget today, and it’s expected to include changes in the state income tax and an increase in the severance tax on oil and natural gas drillers. Budget director Tim Keen wouldn’t give any hints in a recent interview, other than to say that the governor is focused on economic competitiveness and job growth.
Voters in Montgomery County chose incumbents for two open seats on the Dayton City Commission. Dean Lovelace and Matt Joseph each earned more than 36% of the vote. First-time candidate Mark Manovich took 15% and William Pace came in fourth with 11%.
Matt Joseph has been in office for eight years, but he acknowledges that being an incumbent doesn’t mean an automatic win.
Both of Ohio’s U.S.senators were in Cleveland Sunday, participating in an interfaith commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Republican Sen. Rob Portman says defending the U.S. against future attacks remains a priority, and one he’ll have a special responsibility to balance over the next three months. For Ohio Public Radio, Kabir Bhatia reports.