Governor John Kasich

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.
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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.

Farm Bureau Wants to Avoid Unintended Consequences with Water Quality Proposals

Feb 4, 2015
Satellite view of toxic algal bloom on Lake Erie
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Gov. John Kasich included cleaning up Lake Erie as a priority in his two-year budget proposal, and farmers seem ready to work with the governor—to a point.

To reduce the amount of harmful algae growth in Lake Erie and other public waterways, the governor’s office proposes banning the use of manure on frozen or rain-saturated farmland, among other measures.

Kasich Receives Mixed Reaction For Severance Tax Proposal

Feb 4, 2015
Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

House leaders are looking over Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal which includes a big swing of the bat when it comes to a tax increase on oil and gas drilling. But the industry is ready to fight the plan.

Kasich is trying again to raise the so-called severance tax, this time proposing to move it to 6.5 percent, which he says would raise $325 million. 

Shawn Bennett with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association says the industry is already hurting because of a drop in prices. He claims a higher tax rate will further discourage investment. 

Kasich Budget Trims Aid To Over Half Of Ohio Districts

Feb 3, 2015

More than half of Ohio's public school districts would get less money from the state under Gov. John Kasich's proposed education budget as the administration seeks to adjust the funding formula to better reflect district incomes.

Those cuts come even as Kasich's $72.3 billion, two-year budget increases state foundation funding by $700 million over two years.

The state budget director and superintendent both said the spending blueprint doles out state education aid under a formula adjusted to better reflect a district's wealth.

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Governor Kasich’s proposed two-year budget makes big changes to the formula used to fund K-12 schools. He says those districts that have the highest property wealth and the highest income from taxpayers will get less money from the state.  And he knows that might mean many suburban schools will be flat funded, or even face cuts.

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Ohio's budget director says the governor's two-year spending plan would continue to fund an expansion of the Medicaid health program.
 
Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration extended Medicaid eligibility in 2013 to cover thousands more low-income residents, as allowed under President Barack Obama's health care law. Kasich needs legislative approval to continue funding it after June.
 
Budget director Tim Keen said Monday that Kasich's budget appropriates money to continue the expansion.
 

Office of Governor John Kasich

Today’s the day Gov. John Kasich unveils his third budget, which is expected to include $500 million in tax cuts plus benefits to lower-income Ohioans. But he has yet to talk about how he’ll pay for those.

Kasich wants to cut taxes on many small businesses and increase some tax benefits for lower-income Ohioans. And he’ll likely pay for those plans with a proposal to hike the tax on oil and natural gas drillers. But Kasich also suggested in December that he’ll take another swing at an increase in the tobacco tax.

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