After months of discussion and debate and several days of lingering questions, the state has a new two-year, $62 billion budget.
The budget includes a gradual income tax cut over three years for everyone, a 50 percent income tax cut for small businesses, an increase in the state sales tax along with an expansion to digital downloads and magazine subscriptions, and some property tax changes. Gov. John Kasich said he was pleased with it, though it didn’t include his proposed Medicaid expansion.
The Rand Paul phenomenon seems to have crossed the river into Ohio.
Actually, the popularity of the junior senator from Kentucky has crossed a lot of boundaries in recent months – the point where he is considered by many a legitimate contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Before the 2010 election, he was a practicing ophthalmologist, running a clinic down in Bowling Green, Ky. It was his father who was the famous one – then-Texas congressman Ron Paul, who has run three times for president as a Libertarian and a Republican.
The only thing that’s left for the state budget is a signature from Governor John Kasich. A signing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday night.
Though the budget that passed the House and Senate is markedly different than the one he proposed in February, Gov. John Kasich says he’s happy with it. But he says the phased in income tax cuts of 8.5%, 9% and 10%, and the 50% tax cut for small businesses, along with the increase of the state sales tax to 5.75% aren’t enough.
More than 300 alumni of Tecumseh High School are converging on New Carlisle near Springfield, Ohio this weekend to honor a beloved music teacher.
John Sipe taught chorus from 1956 to 1982. Some of his former students compare him to Glenn Holland, who's life was legendarily turned into the film Mr. Holland's Opus.
Class of 1970 graduate Tim Kraus followed in Sipe's footsteps becoming a teacher. He rode his bicycle nearly 90 miles from his College Hill home to New Carlisle for this weekend's alumni tribute concert.
Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a event in Tucson in Jan. 2011, and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly will be in the Northside Independence Day parade Thursday as part of a seven-state "Rights and Responsibilities" tour.
Caleb Faux, executive director of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, said he has been told by officials of Americans for Responsible Solutions, the Super PAC run by Giffords and Kelly, that they will hold a press event in Cincinnati and ride in the Northside parade.