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Governor Hits Road To Discuss State Budget

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Governor Kasich takes a road trip across Ohio to talk about the new state budget.
11:16AM
July
18, 2013

Governor John Kasich plans to stop in a Republican friendly part of Ohio to discuss the state budget as he begins a summer tour on the spending plan.

Kasich Challenger Says Ohioans Can Protest Budget

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald says state limits on abortions and funding cuts to Planned Parenthood may be subject to legal challenges.
1:29PM
July
11, 2013

Opponents of abortion-related limits inserted into Ohio’s state budget are exploring legal challenges and the possibility of forcing lawmakers to vote again on the provisions, the Democratic challenger to Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday.

Some Lawmakers Lament Policy In Budget

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It’s not unusual for policy provisions that are not related to spending to be tucked into budgets, but some critics are saying this one has more than the usual share.
8:25AM
July
3, 2013

The new state budget is just a few days old, but it already has plenty of critics, including some of the lawmakers who voted on it. Many of their complaints have nothing to do with spending.

Pro-Choice Advocates Say They’re Undeterred By Budget

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Pro-choice activists with NARAL Ohio have clashed with members of Ohio Right to Life over several budget provisions meant to reduce abortions.
8:43AM
July 2, 2013

Ohio’s budget was a big victory for Ohio Right to Life, as five bills it supported were attached to the state’s new two year fiscal plan. But NARAL Pro Choice Ohio says the fight isn’t over.

Kasich Signs $62 Billion, 2-Year Ohio Budget

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Gov. John Kasich signed the two-year, $62.5 billion budget Sunday evening.
8:40PM
June 30, 2013

Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a piece of Ohio’s two-year budget that would bar the state’s Medicaid program from covering the additional low-income residents allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

Budget Clears House, Heads To Governor For Signature

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Republicans in the Ohio Senate pass a $62 billion state budget that revamps school spending, cuts personal income taxes and add abortion restrictions.
3:57PM
June
27, 2013

A state budget that revamps Ohio’s school funding system, cuts personal income taxes and adds new abortion restrictions has cleared both chambers of the legislature.

Conference Committee Sends Compromise Budget Back To Legislature

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Democrats are attacking the proposed budget, saying it shows a lack of leadership when it comes to Medicaid.
7:48AM
June
26, 2013

A bipartisan panel of state lawmakers has signed off on the state’s next two-year budget. It now goes to a final vote in the Ohio House and Senate.

Big Tax Cuts And A Sales Tax Hike In New Budget Plan

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7:23AM
June
21, 2013

Ohio lawmakers have come to an agreement on a new tax reform plan that they say is fair and will help all Ohioans. The plan will provide income tax breaks to nearly all Ohioans but will raise some taxes and shift some tax burdens.

OSU Band Gets Sizable Budget Increase

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The OSU marching band's annual budget will increase to $1 million from $220,000. Two university departments now will contribute to the funds in addition to the athletic department.
12:46PM
June
19, 2013

The band commonly referred to as The Best Damn Band In The Land is getting a huge budget increase that will allow for more away game travel.

Budget Director, Lawmakers Butt Heads Over How To Use Surplus

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Ohio budget director Tim Keen says the revenue forecast hinges on how businesses and individuals may have reacted to the uncertainty surrounding the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the end of 2012, when some made moves to avoid what they feared might be higher taxes.
8:54AM
June
19, 2013

The committee working out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the state budget now has updated estimates on tax revenues and Medicaid. Tax receipts are up and Medicaid costs are down, but those numbers come with a caution.