Ohio budget

Photo of Gov. John Kasich.
Karen Kasler / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

While members of the House say the state budget they passed is balanced, senators are worried they’re going to have to cut as much as $400 million from it. One research group is hoping lawmakers will look at closing some tax breaks before taking an ax to state programs.

Tim KEEN and lawmakers
KAREN KASLER / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

For the ninth time in 10 months, Ohio's tax revenues came in below estimates. And Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler says that is raising many questions among lawmakers trying to work out the upcoming state budget.

State Budget Director Tim Keen says that April’s preliminary numbers show revenues were $159 million below estimates, led by lower income and sales tax collections.

photo of Ohio House chambers
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

It took nearly three hours for the Republican-dominated House to pass its version of the budget, with 12 Republicans voting against it, and four Democrats breaking with the minority party and supporting it.

The budget eliminates Gov. John Kasich’s 17 percent income tax cut and the tax hikes that would have offset it, and adds millions more to fight the opioid crisis and to schools.

photo of Lisa Hamler Fugitt
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The leader of Ohio’s Association of Foodbanks says funding for foodbanks has traditionally been considered a non-partisan effort. She’s disappointed in the budget passed by the House.

Lisa Hamler Fugitt says the House did the unthinkable and cut foodbank funding by $1 million.

photo of Gov. John Kasich at a book signing
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. John Kasich is continuing his multi-state book tour. Besides plugging his new book, Kasich is talking about tax reform, the new state budget, and next year’s gubernatorial race.

A diverse crowd
John Kasich has drawn bigger crowds at other signings, but this one at the Barnes and Noble in Westlake was small. About 50 people turned out, including Rebecca Boruszewski of Parma, who said she likes Kasich’s moderate approach. 

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