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.