State of the State

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.

As Governor John Kasich prepared to deliver his State of the State speech in Wilmington Tuesday night, members of his administration fanned out to visit other communities in the state. The visits served several purposes.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director, Gary Mohr, was in southwest Ohio visiting the Lebanon and Warren Correctional Facilities.

Focus on people

John McCarthy is the head of the Ohio Department of Medicaid. He appeared in Wilmington Tuesday at an event featuring providers and patients in advance of the governor's State of the State speech.
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Governor John Kasich’s Department of Medicaid was in Wilmington Tuesday touting the success of Medicaid expansion and discussing ongoing reforms, including a proposal to start charging premiums to some low-income recipients.

Mark Rembert (left) and Taylor Stuckert (center) co-founded Energize Clinton County after DHL left, taking 8,000 jobs with it.
Briana Brough

Governor John Kasich and members of his cabinet plan to be in Wilmington Tuesday for his annual State of the State speech and a series of related public events. He’ll be showcasing how the state has assisted rebuilding in rural Clinton County, which has a population of around 42,000.

Office of Governor John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich gave his fourth State of the State speech last night in Medina, and as perhaps fitting for an election year, it was unlike any other he’s delivered.

It was his shortest State of the State speech to-date at just over an hour in length. But the most surprising part of the evening wasn’t political; it was Kasich’s presentation of the three Cleveland women who were held captive for over a decade by Ariel Castro. It was the first time the trio has been seen together publically since their escape.  Kasich honored them with the 2014 Ohio Courage Medals.

State Of The State: An Appeal To Undecided Voters

Feb 21, 2014
Office of Governor John Kasich

On the heels of a poll showing the gubernatorial race tightening up in Ohio, Gov. Kasich will deliver his annual State of the State speech on Monday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler gave WYSO's Emily McCord a preview for PoliticsOhio this week and says Kasich will use the speech to appeal to independent voters.

The northwest Ohio city of Lima is preparing to host Gov. John Kasich as he delivers his third annual State of the State address, the second in a row outside the Statehouse.

The speech's location outside Columbus on Tuesday isn't the only thing that's unconventional. So is its hour of 6:45 p.m., a departure from previous noontime addresses.

PoliticsOhio: State Of The State Preview

Feb 15, 2013

Governor Kasich will give his State of the State speech Tuesday night in Lima. Kasich has said there won't be much new in his speech, but it will be his chance to defend his newly proposed budget and set the gears in motion for reelection. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler joins Emily McCord for this week's PoliticsOhio for a preview.

A Youngstown-area state lawmaker is protesting Ohio Gov. John Kasich's plans to deliver his State of the State speech outside Columbus again this year.

In a letter sent Tuesday, state Rep. Ronald Gerberry asked House Speaker William Batchelder to reject any request by Kasich to change the speech's venue. Gerberry said moving the address "significantly destroys" the historic tradition of holding the joint session in House chambers.

Barred from using tax dollars, some Ohio lawmakers expect to use campaign cash for travel expenses related to this year's new site for the governor's State of the State address.

State law allows elected officials to pay for meals and mileage related to public duties with campaign funds.

The provision keeps taxpayers from picking up certain tab, but it raises concerns from at least one state government watchdog who says it could extend donors' influence beyond elections.

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