Governor John Kasich

Mark Rembert (left) and Taylor Stuckert (center) co-founded Energize Clinton County after DHL left, taking 8,000 jobs with it.
Briana Brough

Governor John Kasich and members of his cabinet plan to be in Wilmington Tuesday for his annual State of the State speech and a series of related public events. He’ll be showcasing how the state has assisted rebuilding in rural Clinton County, which has a population of around 42,000.

Task Force Investigates Higher Education Costs in State

Feb 11, 2015
Governor John Kasich speaking at Sinclair Community College Thursday.
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Republican Gov. John Kasich is challenging Ohio’s college and university leaders to lower costs to students by creating a new affordability and efficiency task force. 

Governor Kasich says the creation of this task force is the next step in the journey to bringing down the cost of higher education. He noted shared services, space utilization and commercialization as some ideas that could be considered. 

“Anybody who is not living on the moon understands the fact that everybody feels the pressure of rising college and university costs,” Kasich said. 

Wayne Baker

A state task force formed by Gov. John Kasich in December to help make the relationship between police and the communities they serve better, held its second meeting last night at Central State University.  The governor assembled the 24-person committee by Executive Order after several police-involved shootings around the country and in Ohio.

More than a dozen people testified before the committee on a range of issues, including racial profiling, police involved shootings and better training for law enforcement personnel.

Gov. John Kasich recently announced his $72.3 billion dollar, two-year budget. It includes a series of tax cuts and increases as well as a change in the education funding formula.

Activists, lobbyists and other budget watchers are still tearing into Gov. John Kasich’s third two-year spending plan, trying to figure out who will be helped by it, and who it will hurt. Some Ohio Statehouse veterans have very different opinions on the budget’s overall impact.

The $5.7 billion in tax cuts and benefits in the spending plan are paid for with $5.2 billion in tax increases on oil and gas drillers, on cigarettes, on businesses through the commercial activity tax, and through a half-percent increase in the state sales tax.

The state’s task force on community-police relations meets at Central State University Monday evening.

Governor John Kasich created the task force in a December executive order. The idea is to hold public events around the state on the tense relationships between police and some communities, and to bring together experts for their feedback on how to improve police connections with communities of color.

Gov. John Kasich’s plan to send more state dollars to low-income school districts is great news for Springfield City Schools and Dayton Public Schools. Dayton could see an increase of almost $20 million, or a ten percent bump in state funding. Trotwood could also see a ten percent increase.

Kasich Wants To Use Cigarette Tax To Pay For Income Tax Cuts

Feb 6, 2015
Gov. John Kasich wants to boost the tax on a pack of cigarettes to help fund his proposed budget.
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Gov. John Kasich has included a cigarette tax as part of his proposed budget. Some health experts believe this will go a long way to getting people to quit.

The governor’s proposal would tack another dollar onto the existing $1.25 tax that already comes with every pack of cigarettes. That’s higher than the hike Kasich pitched last year, which was 60 cents.

Southeastern Correctional Institution prison
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich's proposed $72 billion budget would boost the number of state workers helping prison inmates beat drug and alcohol addiction.

The proposal shifts such treatment from the state prisons agency to the department that handles addiction services and boosts the number of staff members involved, currently about 120.

Tracy Plouck (plowk), director of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, says that while nearly six of every 10 inmates need some kind of addictions treatment, fewer than one in 10 receive it.

Gov. John Kasich's proposed $72.3 billion budget includes cuts to more than half of Ohio's public school districts, but the superintendent of Springfield City Schools believes the budget will help his and many other districts.

Dr. David Estrop, who's in his final year as the head of Springfield City Schools, says poorer school district's like Springfield get more funding under the governor’s proposal.

Kasich Still Mulling Over Reform For Charter Schools

Feb 5, 2015
Gov. John Kasich still intends to work on charter school reforms for the state's worst charters.
Mark Urycki (StateImpact Ohio)

Just two days after delivering his biennium budget proposal, Gov. John Kasich visited a charter school in Cleveland. The Woodland Hills Village School is a successful elementary charter that is sponsored by the city’s public school. Kasich says he likes that model, but indicated he is still working on a plan to crack down on bad charter schools.