Busy Week Ahead For Ohio Lawmakers

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Several Statehouse committees will begin work on Gov. Kasich's proposed budget, ideas for curbing school violence, and the attendance-keeping practices in Ohio school districts.(Photo: Flickr)
Several Statehouse committees will begin work on Gov. Kasich's proposed budget, ideas for curbing school violence, and the attendance-keeping practices in Ohio school districts.(Photo: Flickr)

The Ohio Legislature gets to work today in its first review of Governor John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget.

The $63 billion budget proposal for the two-year period beginning July 1 includes some controversial measures, including a new school funding formula and a massive tax-shift plan. It would cut the state’s graduated income tax while increasing state sales tax revenue.

Gov. Kasich has billed it as a $1.4 billion overall tax cut, while a liberal think tank says the tax shift would increase the overall tax burden for many Ohioans.

Meanwhile, a House education committee this week begins looking into the attendance keeping practices of Ohio school districts. The review begins as Ohio Auditor Dave Yost releases the results of an audit by his office. The investigation began after reports of widespread record changing in Columbus City Schools and districts in Toledo and suburban Cincinnati.

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