Take real look at Kasich proposals
March 18, 2012
thinking. He’s studying.
Kasich’s proposals this week to tinker with state policy on energy,
health care and taxes follow the fairly unusual “mid-biennium review”
Budget Director Tim Keen said Kasich got in the habit of such look-sees
was chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee in the 1980s. Congress
with annual budgets. The State of Ohio has a two-year budget.
Kasich is suggesting, that’s no reason to sit still and wait until next
for the regular state budget fight.
has proposed some big changes for the state, and, as he probably should
by now, has heard a lot about them from all corners.
the governor’s proposals is a hike in the tax assessed on oil and gas
who work wells throughout the state. That increase in income would then
the state to cut the income tax, which would leave more money in
surprisingly, Kasich received criticism from some quarters, chiefly
safety groups and advocates for the poor, who say the money entering
coffers from any hike in drilling taxes should fund programs that have
subjected to recent deep cuts in state funding.
proposals from Kasich’s budget study include work to capture and reuse
heat, and a plan to streamline and simplify eligibility for public
drew praise from the Ohio Job and Family Services Director’s
said it would help caseworkers to focus on “achieving positive outcomes
Ohio’s families,” according to Joel Potts, director of the association.
impressive to see Kasich sit down and study the budget, looking for
state might save money, improve efficiency or boost revenue.
while in some cases quite controversial, deserve to be studied to
they’re worth pursuing.
time to work on finding solutions to the mess Ohio’s in. It makes more
do it slowly and methodically, rather than waiting for the deadline to
and rash decisions to be made.
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