Ohio budget

Kasich Cuts School Funding Dollars, Allows Severed Ties With PARCC

Jul 1, 2015
Andy Chow/Ohio Public Radio

Gov. John Kasich signed a $71.2 billion two-year state budget Tuesday night which was substantially different than the one he proposed earlier this year; and he responded with a record 44 vetoes, twice as many as in the last budget.

Last Friday, Ohio lawmakers sent Governor John Kasich their proposed two-year, $71.2 billion state operating budget.

Karen Kasler/Ohio Public Radio

Tax cuts are the big feature in the Ohio Senate’s newly proposed two year budget, along with more than a billion in new funding for higher education and K-12 schools.

President Keith Faber says the proposed Republican Senate budget is smaller than the plans proposed by Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio House. But he says his chamber’s plan has one key goal.

“We are continuing today to build on our commitment to fund what matters and return to the taxpayers what’s not essential,” Faber says.

Removed Ohio House budget provisions gone but not forgotten

Apr 22, 2015

The state budget bill went through one last, major overhaul of changes before passing out of a Ohio House committee this week. The amendments took out several contentious provisions, but that doesn’t mean some of the controversial issues are going away.

Some changes made by House Republicans in their revised two-year, $71.5 billion budget bill were born out of compromise, such as adding money so the secretary of state can mail out absentee ballot applications.

But there are other, more disputed provisions that are gone but not forgotten.

The state ended the first half of the two-year budget in the black – in a big way. State budget director Tim Keen says the fiscal year ended with an $800 million surplus:

"We were able to close the year with tax receipts coming in modestly above estimate, about one percent above estimate; and spending, led by Medicaid spending, below the appropriated levels."

Views on New Ohio Budget

Jul 4, 2013

Howard Wilkinson talks with Ohio Representatives Denise Driehaus, a Democrat, and Peter Stautberg, a Republican, about the new state budget.

photo by Michael Keating

With Ohio's new budget now approved, Howard Wilkinson talks about what it means for Ohio and Governor Kasich.  Also how the Governor's chances look for reelection.

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports on the latest 2-year state budget that includes several hot topics.

Where's the Money?

Apr 8, 2013

As the Ohio Legislature argues over a new 2-year budget plan, some Ohioans are claiming the state's financial shortage can be traced to some people and companies not paying their fair share of taxes. Statehouse News Correspondent Bill Cohen reports:

Sittenfeld's facebook page

Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld - joined by elected officials from several of Ohio's major cities - has created a web site to drum up public support to restore all of the the nearly $3 billion in cuts to the Local Government  Fund made by Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio legislature two years ago.