Kasich Signs Mid-Biennium Review

Jun 17, 2014

Governor Signs Budget Bill
Credit WKSU

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed the midterm budget bill that includes several policy changes.

They include doubling Ohio's earned-income tax credit from 5 to 10 percent for low-income taxpayers, increasing personal income-tax exemptions for residents making under 80 thousand dollars a year, and accelerating a planned income-tax reduction.

The bill also puts lawmakers in charge of 300 million dollars set aside for unplanned Medicaid expenses, and specifies how certain mental-health and addiction treatment funds will be spent. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald says the bill does little to restore cuts to local governments and schools.