State Budget

Gov. John Kasich's budget proposal suggests that revenue from Ohio's four voter-approved casinos could be about half of what officials had predicted years ago.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that state officials estimated four years ago that the casinos could take in as much as $1.9 billion a year after all were in operation.

But Kasich's budget proposal issued Tuesday projects that gross casino revenue will be $957.7 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. It could rise to just over $1 billion in the following fiscal year.

- TAX CUTS: Reduces small business taxes by 50 percent, cuts state income tax by 20 percent over three years, and decreases sales tax from 5.5 percent to 5 percent.

Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

As part of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s budget plan released Monday, the republican announced that he’ll push for expanding Ohio Medicaid services under the federal health care law. 

The governor’s plan to expand the Medicaid program has some conservative leaning groups concerned.  Opposition to the plan is largely centered on increased administrative costs for the state.  And some say Medicaid funding is already unsustainable, so why expand the program?  Seth Morgan is policy director of Americans for Prosperity – Ohio. 

PoliticsOhio: What's In Store For 2013

Jan 4, 2013

It's the beginning of a new year at the Statehouse and Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen to preview what issues lawmakers may tackle in the year ahead.


Ohio's budget director says state revenues have "modestly exceeded" projections during the budget year that began in July.

Budget director Tim Keen says that has allowed the state to stash money in its rainy day fund. But he warns that assembling Ohio's next two-year budget will still have its challenges.

Gov. John Kasich's last budget closed a budget gap that approached $8 billion.

The plan is to make Ohio Medicaid a cabinet-level agency starting halfway through the next two year budget cycle on July 1, 2014. Right now Medicaid is housed in the Department of Job and Family Services, but is also administered by five other state agencies.  Greg Moody is the head of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation.

“We realized that the organization of the program itself was stifling innovation," says Moody.

Medicaid is a nearly $19 billion program – it’s a third of the state budget and growing. But Moody says this move isn’t designed to cut the budget.

Democrats in the Ohio legislature are angry about a proposal that’s been slipped into a budget adjustment bill. The proposal would strip away money from Planned Parenthoods throughout Ohio.

State Budget Sends Mixed News For Ohio Arts Council

Jul 15, 2011

In PoliticsOhio this week, Emily McCord spoke to Karen Kasler from Ohio Public Radio's Statehouse News Bureau. Kasler reported on a story this week on how the state budget is impacting the Ohio Arts Council. It received more money but there are strings attached to how that money can be used, and according to the OAC, that's unique in the state. Kasler breaks down what happened and the implications.

In today's installment of PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles from the Statehouse News Bureau. Ingles breaks down the reconciled version of the budget between Ohio's House and Senate and talks about the implications behind the new law allowing guns and bars and permitting oil and gas drilling at the state's parks. Also, Ingles and McCord discuss the latest in the abortion legislation being debated at the statehouse

Ohio's budget director Tim Keen told a budget compromise committee Wednesday that tax revenues were up $1 billion over estimates for the fiscal year that ends this month and $421 million for the next two-year budget cycle. The current-year boost comes from stronger income tax filings, as the state looks to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

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