John Kasich has never met a cut he didn’t like. During his tenure, so far Kasich has cut $500 million from public education and enacted massive budget cuts to local governments, all to pay for a massive tax cut for the rich. This has resulted in a $1 billion budget deficit.
These policies have devastated Ohio communities. Cities and towns have been forced to raise property taxes to pay for the schools and public safety personnel that are so important to our families.
Now it is time to look closely at the the 2017-2018 proposed budget and what it will do to our communities this time around.
PROPOSED BUDGET 2017-2018
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 as the proposed budget moves through the Ohio Legislature. The state’s two-year budget must be approved by the Governor by the end of June 2017.
- Senate Democrats Blast Leadership’s Version Of Budget as Restrictive, Unfair – Statehouse News
- Senate Democrats React to Changes in Ohio Budget – WKSU
- Senate Dems want to end business tax cut; GOP says no way – Dayton Daily News
- State agencies, Medicaid take brunt of $1 billion budget cut proposed by Senate GOP – Cleveland.com
- Lorain, Elyria mayors say Ohio budget will hurt cities – The Morning Journal
- Things to know about John Kasich’s budget for Ohio – WKYC
- Tax revenues miss again, Kasich says Ohio on verge of recession – The Columbus Dispatch
- Ohio legislators must trim $800 million from proposed biennial budget – Cleveland.com
- 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)
Here’s our guide to talking about the House changes to the proposed state budget. Use it to talk to friends, lawmakers or even write a letter to the editor.
WIth the recent adoption of budget amendments by the Ohio House of Representatives, we have updated our district-by-district comparison of school funding in the two-years beginning July 31, 2017 with funding levels at the peak of the Great Recession.