Senate Dems raise school, tax issues with Kasich

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks about a new drug abuse prevention initiative being started for the state at West Carrollton Middle School in West Carrollton, Ohio. Kasich seemed at first to relish the idea he'd be a one-term governor, having presumably alienated partisans, lobbyists, unions and voters as he made painful but necessary changes to government operations. More recently, the 61-year-old Republican has taken on a more conciliatory, politically moderate approach that observers say could be intended to position him for re-election in his perennially purple state or for a repeat run for president. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks about a new drug abuse prevention initiative being started for the state at West Carrollton Middle School in West Carrollton, Ohio. Kasich seemed at first to relish the idea he'd be a one-term governor, having presumably alienated partisans, lobbyists, unions and voters as he made painful but necessary changes to government operations. More recently, the 61-year-old Republican has taken on a more conciliatory, politically moderate approach that observers say could be intended to position him for re-election in his perennially purple state or for a repeat run for president. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrats in the Ohio Senate say they’ll push Republican Gov. John Kasich to include more preschool funding, expanded drug addiction services and a steeper tax hike on oil-and-gas drillers in his upcoming midterm budget.

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni and fellow Democratic leaders would also like to see Ohio’s homestead exemption tax and property tax rollbacks reinstated and funding provided for Ohio’s 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee.

Kasich has begun a tradition of introducing a Midterm Budget Review, or MBR, a year into Ohio’s proscribed two-year operating budget. He’s expected to preview this year’s bill during next week’s State of the State speech.

Senate Democrats pinpointed their priorities Thursday. The budget document is due early next month.

A Kasich spokesman didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

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