Governor John Kasich

Statewide News
8:30 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Ohio Tax Plan Hits Concerts, Sports, Even Bowling

Gov. John Kasich's plan to expand Ohio's sales tax might take some of the fun out of going to concerts, high school football games and amusement parks.

Kasich wants to cut the state's overall sales-tax rate while also applying the lower 5 percent tax on new items like bowling alleys, pool halls, circuses and arcade games.

Admission to fairs, museums, and theme parks would come under Ohio's sales tax for the first time. So would tickets to pro, college and high school games.

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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.

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Military
5:45 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

PoliticsOhio: State Of The State Preview

Governor Kasich will give his State of the State speech Tuesday night in Lima. Kasich has said there won't be much new in his speech, but it will be his chance to defend his newly proposed budget and set the gears in motion for reelection. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler joins Emily McCord for this week's PoliticsOhio for a preview.

Politics
8:35 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Budget Gurus Analyze Kasich’s Second Budget Through Agreement and Argument

Gov. John Kasich has long said Ohio needs to be competitive when it comes to taxes – it’s his argument for lowering and eventually eliminating the state income tax. With both tax cuts and tax increases in it, along with the expansion of Medicaid, Kasich’s second budget has generated both praise and controversy.

Neil Clark was the chief financial officer for the Ohio Senate Republican Caucus in the 80s, and is an expert on budgets and taxes. He doesn’t have much love for the plan to levy sales taxes on services where there were no sales taxes before.

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Politics
7:04 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Kasich's Medicaid Choice Aligns With His Approach

Ohio's Republican governor is supporting the expansion of Medicaid, one of the biggest government programs.

While that appears to be a contradiction in terms for a conservative governor who's rejected federal stimulus money, it's on point with the matter-of-fact approach of Gov. John Kasich.

Kasich proposed expanding Medicaid under the federal law in his two-year budget plan Monday. He's framed the decision as recapturing Ohio taxpayers' federal money.

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