4.05.17 – State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) take on the State of the State in Sandusky: ‘The rhetoric sounds great, but a lot of the speech does not match what is coming out of the governor’s office and Columbus.’ How has Kasich’s proposed budget and policies affected your community?
On December 6, Governor Kasich told members of the Ohio House: “We’re on the verge of a recession in our state.” What happened to the ‘Ohio Miracle’ he has been touting for seven years? Local communities have seen more and more tax levies on ballots in every election cycle as funds are kept in Columbus or being channeled to charter schools.
Below are articles to help keep you informed on the proposed budget:
- Tax revenues miss again, Kasich says Ohio on verge of recession – The Columbus Dispatch
- John Kasich Blames His Inaccurate Budget Predictions On A New ‘Recession’ – Plunderbund
- Gov. Kasich’s recession warnings trace to Ohio tax cuts, not objective data – Brent Larkin
- State Rep. Clyde says Kasich didn’t address failing schools – Melissa Topey/Sandusky Register
- Find how Gov. John Kasich’s budget would impact each Ohio school district (database) – Rich Exner/Cleveland.com
How Governor Kasich’s budgets and policies
have affected Sandusky/Erie County
With Governor Kasich’s seventh State of the State address being held in Sandusky, Innovation Ohio continues its tradition of taking a close look at the community the speech will be given in to see how it has fared under the Governor’s policies.
Sources: Northeast Ohio Media Group, The Plain Dealer, and Ohio Office of Budget and Management
An Analysis by Innovation Ohio
The above table displays Ohio school districts’ funding levels from the 2010-2011 biennium, adjusted for inflation, and Governor Kasich’s proposed funding levels in the 2018-2019 biennium. It also displays the difference between the two, which – for many school districts – amounts to millions of dollars in cuts.
After four years of deep funding cuts – estimated at over$1.5 billion over four years – Ohio’s local communities see little relief in the 2016-17 budget proposal.
- The proposal reduces – and in many cases eliminates – reimbursements from the state to communities for revenue lost after state tax reform.
- A small portion of new revenue from increased severance taxes on oil and gas drilling is set aside for communities impacted by fracking.
- Local transit funding remains well below prior levels and the recommendations of an ODOT analysis.
- Sweeping tax reform proposed in the budget would affect local tax collections and services supported by sales tax levies.
The potential net gain for local communities – approximately $120 million per year – does not come close to making up for the $418 million in local funding lost each year as a result of previous state budget cuts.
Download our briefing on local impacts of the Kasich budget.