State Budget

Education
7:35 am
Tue June 25, 2013

New Report Says Proposed Budget Hurts Public Schools

A left leaning think tank says the proposed two year state budget would help private and charter schools but would hurt public schools.

Innovation Ohio’s Dale Butland says public schools are the big losers in the Republican backed budget plan that’s on the table right now.

"Most of them will get less money than they did in the 2010-11 budget and about 25% of our schools will get less than they did in the 2012-13 budget," says Butland.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ohio Panel To Hold Budget Talks As Plan Nears Vote

A legislative panel finalizing Ohio's budget is expected to discuss a tax package that includes a statewide income-tax cut of 10 percent.

The six-member committee planned Monday to hash out the budget differences between the House and Senate, which passed separate tax proposals that must be reconciled.

Republican leaders released details last week of the tax package that is meant to be included in the budget. It calls for a gradual income tax reduction over three years, beginning with an 8.5-percent cut in the first year. 

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Politics
12:06 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Updated Revenue and Medicaid Numbers in Final Conference Committee Version of Budget

The committee working out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the state budget now has updated estimates on tax revenues and Medicaid. Those numbers were higher than estimates, but they came with a caution.

The Office of Budget and Management estimates $709 million more in tax revenues above the original forecast, but budget director Tim Keen says after payments to the federal government for unemployment benefits, transfers to the rainy day fund and other issues are paid, there will only be about $397 million extra to do more tax cuts or spending.

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Statewide News
8:35 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Ohio Group Wants Medicaid Issue Restored in Budget

Supporters of expanding the Medicaid program to include more low-income people are urging Ohio lawmakers to restore the proposal to the state budget.

The group Advocates for Ohio's Future said Tuesday that it's open to separate legislation that achieves the same goal, as long as it's passed by June 30, the same deadline the budget faces.

The governor's budget proposal called for an expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care law. But the Legislature has largely kept the idea separate from the budget bill. 

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Politics
8:35 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Senate Passes Budget Bill Along Party Lines, Now Heads to Conference Committee

As expected, the Republican dominated Senate passed its budget in a marathon seven hour session. But as Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, minority Democrats did all they could to get their concerns heard before Republicans passed the bill.

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