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Reaction to Gov. John Kasich State of the State Address

By: Todd Baucher, Associated Press Email
By: Todd Baucher, Associated Press Email

Updated: 2/20/2013 6:10 P.M.

The governor Tuesday said his proposals to reduce taxes, particularly on job creators, and broadening the state sales tax, helps the economy in the long run-in part, by keeping people in the Buckeye State.

"Talk to you friends. See how many people escape Ohio to go to a place where the taxes are lower," said the Republican governor. "We don't want to drive the best and brightest out of our state. We don't want to drive them out because they take their charity, their ideas and their innovation. We need to stop it, and it will breathe new life into Ohio's economy."

The legislature's Republican leadership, while not skeptical, was cautious, especially on the sales tax proposal.

"I think we want to see what the impact will be on Ohio's future growth," said House Speaker Bill Batchelder, "if we have such a plan in place."

It was a different story for Democrats. The area's local state senator says the state's rural economy would be hurt in the long run.

"When you look at a proposal that would broaden the sales tax base," said 30th District Sen. Lou Gentile. "Those costs, I believe, will be borne by those who are using those services every day. Their costs will go up, thus impacting middle class families."

Gentile also says revenues from the proposed severance tax on oil and gas production should be earmarked for counties such as Washington, in his district, where the production predominantly takes place-rather than being spread out among all of Ohio's 88 counties.

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Updated: 2/19/2013 @ 9:08 p.m.

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has presented his annual Governor's Courage Award to the sons of late astronaut Neil Armstrong, community members in Chardon, site of a school shooting a year ago, and a woman who has worked to break stereotypes about autism.

Kasich says the awards were created to highlight the extraordinary work of fellow Ohioans, work that deserves recognition but that can also serve as an inspiration for all.

Kasich says Neil Armstrong was a great man who was also one of the most humble persons you could meet.

He presented Armstrong's awards to the astronaut's sons Rick and Mark.

Kasich also honored Sondra Williams, director of the Autism Research Institute's Youth Division and teachers, students and residents in Chardon, where three students were killed last February.

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says extending Medicaid coverage to thousands of low-income residents will help the state on multiple levels.

The Republican governor proposed Medicaid expansion under the federal law in his two-year budget plan. He's framed the decision as recapturing Ohio taxpayers' federal money.

The state would see $2.4 billion from Washington to cover those newly eligible for Medicaid over the next two years beginning in July

Many Republicans are averse to President Barack Obama's signature health care law and resistant to expanding government programs.

Kasich said in his State of the State speech Tuesday he knows the issue is controversial. But he says he's asking lawmakers to examine the issue carefully and examine their conscience.

He says the most vulnerable shouldn't be ignored, but lifted.

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich says that the state's higher education system is one of the greatest assets for economic development.

The governor also says in Tuesday's State of the State speech that the state must better integrate job creators in the state's academic settings and academic programs.

Kasich says this is important so Ohio children will receive the skills they need based on their passions and ambitions to fill the jobs of the future.

The governor says a full integration will allow young people to chart a course for a successful career or occupation that can lead to a better life and a stronger family.

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is calling his school-funding proposal an objective plan that applies equally to all districts based on their property tax wealth, residents' income and individual characteristics of students they serve.

Kasich says in Tuesday's State of the State speech that Ohio's poorest districts and urban districts get more money than the state's wealthiest districts.

Kasich says those districts also get more per-pupil funding before funding guarantees are factored in.

The governor says his plan provides a total of $1.2 billion in new money in 2014 and 2015, which means that by the end of the next two years Ohio will be providing students more in state aid than they received at the height of the 2011 federal stimulus plan.

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UPDATED: 2-19-2013 @ 9:05 p.m.

Gov. John Kasich is telling Ohioans that jobs are the state's greatest moral purpose because they create stronger families and allow people to fulfill their hopes, their dreams and their purposes.

Kasich says has succeeded in his promise to put Ohio to work and reclaim the state's title as one of the country's great states.

Kasich says as he begins his annual State of the State speech that Ohio has added 120,400 jobs on his watch, is the number one job creator in the Midwest and number six in the country.

Kasich also is using his speech to remind people the state's budget is balanced and the state has gone from having 89 cents in its rainy day fund to a $1.9 billion surplus.


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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - State lawmakers and government officials have descended on the northwest Ohio city of Lima ahead of the governor's annual State of the State address.

It's the second year in a row Gov. John Kasich has delivered the speech outside the Statehouse in Columbus.

Legislative committees held hearings on transportation and workforce development earlier Tuesday in Lima. The Kasich administration also promoted aspects of the governor's $63.2 billion, two-year budget during stops in the area.

Snowy and windy conditions limited a planned demonstration opposing Kasich's speech but a handful of opponents stood near the site of the address to criticize the governor's proposals on education and changing the state's tax code.

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UPDATE: 02/19/2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - 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.

Kasich will use the address to tout his $63.2 billion, two-year budget. The spending blueprint includes a new school-funding formula and expansion of the Medicaid government health-insurance program. It also overhauls the tax code to lower rates on income, sales and small-business taxes while imposing sales taxes on many new services and increasing the rate on high-volume oil and gas extraction.

A protest including Democrats, autoworkers and others is expected.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich's annual State of the State speech Tuesday will feel more like a stump speech for 2014 than the typical litany of big policy initiatives.

That's because the Republican governor has timed it to follow, rather than announce, his major budget, tax reform and school funding proposals.

It's the second consecutive year Kasich has taken the speech outside Columbus. Kasich made history last year when he spoke in Steubenville.

By choosing Lima, he's moved to Ohio's farm belt, and a manufacturing hub with significantly improved employment.

By reversing the usual speech-then-budget pattern of past governors, Kasich is following a classic campaign format: Announce a big policy initiative, then hit the road to sell its merits.

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UPDATE: 1/30/2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Legislature has given its blessing to allow the governor to move the State of the State speech out of the capital for the second year in a row.

The House approved the move with an 80-16 vote Wednesday, and the Senate later passed it 24-9.

Republican Gov. John Kasich sought to give this year's address in Lima, a rebounding Rust Belt city in northwest Ohio. The speech would take place the evening of Feb. 19 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

Opponents of the relocation said it skirts a longstanding tradition of Statehouse addresses.

Last year, Kasich became the first governor in modern memory to take the big policy speech outside the Ohio Capitol in Columbus. He chose the blue-collar Ohio River city of Steubenville.

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Gov. John Kasich is heading west this time to give his annual address to the Ohio legislature-to western Ohio, that is.

If state lawmakers go along, the address next month will be held in Lima, about 100 miles from Columbus.

Kasich made history last year by taking the annual address on the road for the first time in modern memory with a speech in eastern Ohio's Steubenville.

That's the home of Sen. Lou Gentile, whose 30th district now includes southern Ohio.

But Gentile believes the substance of the address matters more than the venue.

"To me, what is important isn't where this is conducted, or how this is conducted," says Gentile, a Democrat, "but the meat and substance of what is covered in this state of the state address, that really sets the tone for public policy in the state of Ohio."

Last year, supreme court justices were unable to attend the address, because court was in session, and some statewide officeholders and legislators either couldn't or chose not to go.

Kasich chose Lima and Allen County and its falling unemployment rate to highlight his economic policies.


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