HEADLINES : Ohio
Gov. John Kasich's new state budgeton the horizon; 'sweeping' tax reform planned
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The more than $100 billion mix of policy and politics known as the state budget rolls out Feb. 4 as the major spending statement of John Kasich's final two years of his first term as Ohio's chief executive.
With buzz beginning about what insiders are dubbing "the re-election budget," Kasich's blueprint for state spending is likely to be kinder and gentler than the lean-and-mean plan he drew up in 2011.
Two years ago, with a multibillion-dollar hole to fill and Ohio's economy still reeling, the Republican governor broke out the chainsaw, carving away billions in state spending from local governments and schools.
Now, with Ohio on more stable financial footing, Kasich's next budget is expected to feature a major income tax cut for Ohioans as well as a reshaping of the state's formula for funding schools.