Governor John Kasich

Statewide News
8:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

State Rainy Day Fund Now Has Record Balance, But Not Everyone Is Happy

The state put a record level of savings in its so-called rainy day fund, which the governor says is an amazing bounce-back from nearly noting in the account two years ago.

With a transfer into the rainy day fund of $995 million, Gov. John Kasich says the account is now full, with a record-high balance of $1.48 billion.  Richard Vedder is a distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University and a conservative.

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Politics
8:35 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Statehouse Rally Urges Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid rally participants.
Credit Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Hundreds of advocates for low income Ohioans packed into the Statehouse on Tuesday for a rally to urge lawmakers to expand Medicaid.  It’s the latest in an ongoing fight between Republican legislative leaders who don’t want to expand Medicaid and Governor Kasich, who backs the idea.   But Democratic State Representative Mike Foley says the Governor needs to do more to get majority lawmakers to pass Medicaid expansion now.

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8:04 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Planned Parenthood To Criticize Kasich On TV Ad

Planned Parenthood is scheduled to begin airing a TV ad that criticizes Ohio Gov. John Kasich for signing a state budget last month that they say restricts the work of rape counselors.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the ad will be broadcast in central Ohio starting Wednesday.

Misha Barnes is the managing director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. She told the newspaper the restrictions are "egregious" because they limit women's access to health care during a very vulnerable time.

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Politics
1:18 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

State Budget Writes Strict Abortion Regulation Into Law

Governor Kasich signed the state budget late Sunday night, and within it, several laws that restrict abortion access. Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles about what the law says and what it could mean for Ohio women. Ingles reports that it's becoming more common for controversial issues to slip into state budgets to avoid public debate.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Kasich Signs Budget 4 Hours Before Start of Fiscal Year, Doesn’t Strike Abortion Language

Governor Kasich signing the budget. Behind him (l to r) Sen. Bill Coley (R-Middletown), Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-Canton), Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster), Rep. Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) and OBM Director Tim Keen
Credit Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio

After months of discussion and debate and several days of lingering questions, the state has a new two-year, $62 billion budget. The signing came with just hours to go before the new fiscal year.

The budget includes a gradual income tax cut over three years for everyone, a 50 percent income tax cut for small businesses, an increase in the state sales tax along with an expansion to digital downloads and magazine subscriptions, and some property tax changes. Gov. John Kasich said he was pleased with it, though it didn’t include his proposed Medicaid expansion.

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