There’s an old saying --- Politics makes strange bedfellows. And that was evident Thursday at a rally in Columbus, supporting a proposal to expand Medicaid in Ohio to individuals with incomes as high as 38% above the official poverty level. More than 300 people attended the event, and statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports it was an unusual mix.
Ohio legislators are awaiting Governor John Kasich’s annual state-of-the-state address. It’s set for tonight in Lima. What are lawmakers hoping to hear in his speech? That’s the question statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has been asking.
Democrats in the Ohio House of Representatives are ripping that massive tax cut and tax SHIFT proposal from Republican Governor John Kasich. The Democrats object to the plan on several grounds, but they’re dropping hints they could soften their opposition a bit….if some changes were made. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen files this report.
Governor John Kasich is pushing a 1.4 billion dollar net tax cut for Ohioans over the next 3 years, a move he says would attract more companies and their jobs. It would come in the form of a huge cut in the graduated state INCOME tax. But, at the same time, a reduced 5 per cent state SALES tax would be applied to many services that are now UN-taxed. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports on who would pay MORE for that.
The Republicans at the head of state government say they hope to remain on the job after 2014. The governor, state auditor, treasurer, attorney general and secretary of state have all indicated they plan to run again. And they have significant campaign cash on hand already.
Ever since he was defeated in his re-election bid 2 years ago, Former Governor Ted Strickland has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2014. But now, statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports Strickland has taken his hat out of the ring.
Ohio’s Governor John Kasich will take the stage at the Republican National Convention tonight to talk about a recovering economy. The governor famous for speaking off the cuff insists even the tightly structured Mitt Romney organization will be giving him some latitude. Reporting for Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Tampa.
The Ohio Democratic Party is suing Governor John Kasich in a Franklin County Court, saying he’s illegally hiding documents that should be made available to the public. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.