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UPDATE: Ohio Governor Ready to Sign Midterm Budget Bill

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 6/16/2014 1:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is preparing to sign a midterm budget bill packed with policy changes.

The Republican governor planned to sign the legislation at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank on Monday afternoon.

The measure includes a package of tax changes and places additional legislative controls on the spending of $300 million set aside to cover unexpected expenses in the taxpayer-funded Medicaid health program.

The bill also spells out how certain mental health and addiction treatment funds will be spent, and creates an evaluation system for caseworkers at county social services agencies.

The tax package doubles Ohio's earned-income tax credit from 5 percent to 10 percent for low-income taxpayers and increases personal income-tax exemptions for residents making under $80,000 a year. It also accelerates a planned income-tax reduction.

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UPDATE 6/4/2014 12:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governor's sweeping midterm budget bill is slated for final votes in the state Senate and House Wednesday.

A joint legislative panel hashed out differences in the proposal this week. Changes include an agreement over how to spend certain funding for mental health and addiction treatment services.

The conference committee also added a provision to create an evaluation system for caseworkers at county Job and Family Services agencies.

The bill includes a package of tax cuts backed by Gov. John Kasich. It would double Ohio's earned income tax credit from 5 percent to 10 percent for low-income taxpayers and increase personal income-tax exemptions for residents making under $80,000 a year.

Democrats say the legislation is a missed opportunity to invest additional money in schools and communities, not tax cuts.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As he heads into a fall re-election bid, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is proposing a package of new tax cuts developed in cooperation with fellow Republicans in the state Legislature.

Kasich proposes accelerating a planned 10-percent income-tax reduction by six months, reducing withholding rates on the final 1 percent in July rather than December. He would also boost small business income-tax reductions to 75 percent from 50 percent for tax year 2014.

Changes also would double Ohio's earned income tax credit from 5 percent to 10 percent for low-income taxpayers and increase personal income-tax exemptions for Ohioans making under $80,000 a year.

The estimated $402 million in cuts were being woven into one of four midterm budget bills making their way through the GOP-led Ohio Senate on Tuesday.

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