Local officials are breathing a sigh of relief today after Governor Kasich released his budget proposal for the next two years. As Emily McCord reports, cities aren’t facing the kind of cuts they did in the past, and may even see some modest growth.
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.
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.