State of the State calls for more tax cuts in Ohio

MEDINA, Ohio (AP/WDTN) – Ohio Governor John Kasich spent more than an hour putting forth his vision for the State of Ohio in his State of the State Address.

Among the highlights was a plan to tie higher education funding to course completion and graduation rates at the state’s publicly funded colleges and universities.

He also proposed using $10 million in state casino revenue to pay for an effort to bring together parents, communities, religious groups, businesses and others to support children’s education and proposed a new round of tax cuts to drive the state’s overall rate below 5 percent.   Kasich says he wants to cut Ohioans’ personal income taxes and the taxes paid by small businesses.

The $62 billion, two year state budget Kasich signed in June cut Ohio’s income tax rates by 8.5 percent in 2013, another half percent in 2014 and another 1 percent in 2015.

Several dozen people demonstrated against the governor’s policies as he prepared to deliver his address at the Performing Arts Center in Medina. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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