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Dayton CareSource Employees Rally To Protect Medicaid

Jul 5, 2017
More than a hundred Caresource employees loaded onto buses Wednesday morning to attend a rally at the statehouse in support of Medicaid expansion.
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About 130 CareSource employees loaded onto buses Wednesday morning to attend a rally at the statehouse in support of Medicaid expansion. Gov. John Kasich’s budget signed Friday included a veto on a plan to freeze Medicaid expansion next year. Some state lawmakers are threatening to override the governor’s veto in ongoing budget negotiations this week.

   

Ohio Governor John Kasich
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich was in Beavercreek Tuesday to highlight his final budget proposal as state governor. The $66.9 billion, two-year budget plan was released on Monday.

Kasich chose the Riverside Research firm as his backdrop to talk about the new budget’s focus on technology and data analytics.

 

"This drive towards technology, towards innovation, towards excitement, towards employment, towards changing the very face of the the great state of Ohio, is really where we want to be,” Kasich said.  

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Xenia City Council is preparing to put a new 3 to 4 mill operating levy on November’s ballot. They're trying to avoid a $1 million deficit.

Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman says they need the money to compensate for state budget cuts and falling income tax revenue.

“We have been trying to consolidate services, trying to cut costs, trying to do whatever we can to minimize expenses," said Merriman. "But the reality is it’s not an expense problem. It’s not a spending problem.”

Ohio Budget Passes Senate, Heads To House For Friday Vote

Jun 25, 2015

State senators on Thursday passed a sweeping $71.2 billion, two-year budget that provides an income tax cut for Ohioans, funds public schools and seeks to change health care policies.
 
The House is planning to vote on the measure Friday. The deadline for Republican Gov. John Kasich to sign the bill into law is Tuesday. Some things to know as the measure moves toward his desk:
 
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Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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There will likely be a funding increase for K-12 public education in the next budget, since lawmakers scrapped Gov. John Kasich’s proposal that would have resulted in less money for half the state’s more than 600 school districts.

 

Both the House and Senate budgets ensure that no district will get less money in the next two years than they got this year. Republican Sen. Chris Widener says Senators put a lot more money into public schools.

 

Ohio Governor John Kaisch's fifth State of the State speech took place at the Roberts Center in Wilmington Tuesday.
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Governor John Kasich gave his fifth State of the State address in Wilmington Tuesday night. Kasich’s speech was something of a pep rally for his proposed two-year budget. He says since he’s been in office, he’s balanced the budget and created a surplus of $1.5 billion—now he wants to increase that margin. He’s also pushing for more income tax cuts for individuals and businesses.

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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.
 

Downtown Springfield buildings.
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Governor John Kasich has signed the capital budget, a $2.4 billion funding bill for infrastructure and building projects at public facilities and schools around the state.

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On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich released a nearly $2.4 billion state construction budget. Included in the budget: funding for a host of community, school, park and prison projects. Quick action is expected on the budget bill put out by Kasich and state legislative leaders.

The bill directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools and $450 million toward public colleges and universities for repairs, renovations and new buildings.