Gov. John Kasich signed the next state budget into law late Friday night but not before vetoing a proposed freeze on Medicaid expansion enrollment.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoes Medicaid freeze, signs state budget bill
By Jackie Borchardt | Cleveland.com
Columbus — Gov. John Kasich signed the next state budget into law late Friday night but not before vetoing a proposed freeze on Medicaid expansion enrollment.
Kasich was expected to scrap GOP lawmakers’ blow to the health insurance program, which Kasich championed in 2013 and now credits with much of the state’s efforts fighting opiate addiction.”The legislature put $170 million in for opiates — we don’t want to take away the almost $300 million [Medicaid dollars] that would be used in addition,” Kasich said shortly after signing the bill.
Kasich used his veto pen late Friday to eliminate 47 line items in the 2018-19 state budget bill. The $133 billion two-year budget — including $65.5 billion in state general revenue funds — takes effect Saturday.
But the GOP-controlled House and Senate could return next week to override any of the vetoes. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Senate President Larry Obhof said they planned to review Kasich’s vetoes over the weekend.
Kasich also vetoed provisions:
- Imposing work requirements for Medicaid expansion enrollees, charging Medicaid enrollees monthly premiums through the “Healthy Ohio” program and raising taxes on health insurers to generate revenue for counties and regional transit authorities, which require federal approval.
- Eliminating changes to the tangible personal property tax reimbursement that gave more money to some school districts.
- Allowing public universities to raise tuition by 8 percent instead of 6 percent and community colleges to raise tuition $10 per credit hour.
- Allocating $1 million to upgrade voting equipment.
Kasich praised lawmakers for sending him a “structurally balanced” budget after state revenue projections were revised downward $1 billion over the next two years.
“We have some disagreements and we will work through them,” Kasich said. “These are things we think are in most cases very critical to make sure we continue to serve Ohioans that are in need.”
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