Governor John Kasich

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.

Medicaid rally participants 2013
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.

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.

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.

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.

Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a piece of the two-year budget that would bar the state's Medicaid program from covering the additional low-income residents allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican governor also vetoed 21 other provision in signing off on the $62 billion spending plan Sunday night.

Kasich's proposed budget had initially called for expanding Medicaid. But GOP leaders stripped the idea from the House version of the state spending plan in April. The House went even further, inserting a provision blocking the expansion.

A recent poll finds Gov. John Kasich's job approval has hit its highest rating since he took office in 2011.

The poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut shows 54 percent of Ohioans favor the Republican governor's actions while 32 percent disapprove of his performance.

The poll taken over last weekend also finds that 49 percent of Ohioans say Kasich deserves to be re-elected.

The poll says Kasich currently leads Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a leading Democratic opponent in the 2014 gubernatorial race, by a 47-33 margin. 

The state of Ohio is spending nearly $50,000 to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking.

Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday that the state is working with a Hudson public relations firm to develop a "multi-pronged outreach and education campaign" that is expected to be introduced before the end of the year.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill requiring Ohio courts to report certain mental health information for inclusion in a law enforcement database.

The bill signed Tuesday is named after a Clark County sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot two years ago. State Representatives Chris Widener from Springfield and Bill Beagle from Tipp city joined the governor for the signing of the Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act.

Emily McCord

Governor Kasich was in Wilmington Thursday to highlight new jobs coming to the city. As Emily McCord reports, the Governor was joined by local officials and business leaders to celebrate commitments by companies to create more than 500 jobs.

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