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

Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus
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.
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

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.
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.

Ohio Senate Removes Income-Tax Cut From Budget, Keeps Biz Tax Cut

The state Senate is preparing to release its changes to Ohio's sweeping two-year budget.
28, 2013

The state Senate is preparing to release its changes to Ohio’s sweeping two-year budget.

Senators on a budget-writing committee planned to meet Tuesday afternoon to introduce an overhaul of the spending plan.

GOP-Led House Drops Medicaid Plan From Ohio Budget

A Republican-controlled House committee plans to unveil its changes to Gov. John Kasich's budget on Tuesday.
April 9, 2013

Gov. John Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid under the federal health law won’t be included in the Ohio House version of the state’s two-year budget.

Activists’ Report Links Budget Struggles To Tax Havens

The Ohio Public Interest Research says tax haven costs the state $707 million a year.
5, 2013

A left-leaning research group says the state could ease the budget-crafting process by closing tax loopholes that costs the state hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

Appalachia School Chiefs Want Share Of Ohio Wealth

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Superintendents in southeastern Ohio want more state money for their schools.
12, 2013

Superintendents from Appalachian Ohio say the governor’s state budget doesn’t share enough of Ohio’s economic good fortune with their schools and children.

Budget, Tax Plan Remain The Focus For State Lawmakers

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11, 2013

Ohio Governor John Kasich’s proposals for a new state budget and the biggest tax changes in four decades are in the spotlight again this week as state legislators continue committee hearings.

JobsOhio Accepts $7 M In Donations, Donors Remain Anonymous

Documents from JobsOhio show half of the 26 salaries paid by the organization were at least $100,000, with JobsOhio’s president and CIO making $225,000.
March 7, 2013

An annual report from the state’s semi-private job creation agency says it’s attracted $7 million in donations and millions more in public money.

Budget Director: Don’t Expect Changes To Sales Tax Plan

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6, 2013

The head of Ohio’s Office of Budget and Management says he does not expect Republican state lawmakers to alter Gov. John Kasich’s plan to cut the state income tax and increase sales tax revenue.