Governor John Kasich

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Republican presidential contender and Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants further cuts to the state's income tax - even in a year that saw certain small-business taxes reduced to zero and across-the-board reductions statewide.

Kasich has advocated eliminating Ohio's income tax since his first run for governor in 2010. He said during year-end remarks Tuesday that further reductions remain a goal though Ohio's economic position is strong. He said the budget is balanced, the state's rainy day fund is strong and wages and job totals are rising.

Ohio officials have asked the federal government for more flexibility in the work requirements that some welfare recipients must meet.

Gov. John Kasich's administration says certain federal rules don't give people enough time to complete vocational training or job-readiness activities.

For instance, state officials want to increase a limit on vocational education training from 12 months to 36.

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is threatening to sue his fellow candidate, Republican Gov. John Kasich.  The Kasich super PAC New Day for America says it got a letter from Donald Trump’s lawyers, threatening legal action over a new ad that begins, "On the job training for president does not work."

 

The Republican-dominated Ohio House is urging President Barack Obama to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees in Ohio and the U.S., citing safety concerns.

The GOP leadership brought a resolution up for a vote Tuesday, the same day it was introduced. It passed 63-24.

No hearings were held on the largely symbolic measure, which comes in the aftermath of coordinated attacks in Paris. Some Democrats called the legislation short-sighted.

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Gov. John Kasich was among 10 Republican presidential candidates on the debate stage Wednesday night.

 

This was Kasich’s chance to get more attention. He’s still struggling to gain traction is early voting states like New Hampshire and Iowa.

 

During his opening statement, the governor echoed his pre-debate rally comments telling voters he’s tired of the “nonsense” he’s heard from the other candidates.

 

Kasich Pushes For Integration Of Pharmacies, State Databases

Oct 27, 2015
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Opiate overdoses were up again last year. Gov. John Kasich is responding by devoting more money to help pharmacists and doctors keep better records.

There are still pharmacists who aren’t using the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System or OARRS - a statewide database to better follow which patients have been prescribed painkillers. 

Gov. John Kasich says he wants to help these medical professionals by integrating OARRS with whatever system they already use to keep records. 

Ohio's high court recent ruling limits local power over gas drilling.
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A study group reviewing a proposed tax hike on oil and gas drillers in Ohio has delivered its findings and recommendations on the issue.

The report Thursday suggests that Ohio officials consider a "trigger" or slow phase-in of any severance tax increase based on market conditions of the industry.

In its report to the 2020 Tax Policy Commission, the group says price and production should be among the factors weighed when determining the tax rate on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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Gov. John Kasich delivered his first major policy speech since the launch of his campaign for the Republican nomination for president.

 

Kasich told supporters in New Hampshire Thursday that he’ll balance the federal budget within eight years in a plan that includes tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy.

 

Ohio Lawmakers Want Permanent Pause On Green Energy Standards

Oct 1, 2015
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Ohio lawmakers have dealt another blow to the green energy industry and the state’s policies to encourage its use.

A group of state legislators want to freeze Ohio’s green energy standards indefinitely. These standards require utilities to cut energy use by 22 percent and increase the use of renewable energy sources by 12.5 percent by 2025.

The call for an indefinite freeze comes from the new report just released by the Energy Mandates Study Committee that spent the last few months looking into the cost and effectiveness of the standards.

Group Files FEC Complaint Against Kasich Contributors

Sep 23, 2015
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A campaign watchdog with Democratic ties is accusing close allies of Gov. John Kasich of breaking elections ethics laws to donate to Kasich’s Super PAC.

The American Democracy Legal Fund says Mark Kvamme and Paul Johannsen created a new company solely for the purpose of donating half a million dollars to an affiliate of Kasich’s New Day for America.

Kvamme was the first president of Kasich’s economic development engine, JobsOhio.

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