State of the State calls for more tax cuts in Ohio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his 2012 State of the State address at Wells Academy/Steubenville High School in Steubenville, Ohio, Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his 2012 State of the State address at Wells Academy/Steubenville High School in Steubenville, Ohio, Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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.

 

 

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