In large part due to significant public pushback, the Ohio House failed to override Governor Kasich’s veto of their Medicaid Expansion freeze. This is great news for Ohio, as estimates had the freeze causing 500,000 Ohioans to lose coverage. However, this issue is not settled, as Speaker Rosenberger has stated that the chamber may revisit overriding the veto in the near future – or by the end of December 2017 when this session ends.
Gov. John Kasich signed the next state budget into law late Friday night but not before vetoing a proposed freeze on Medicaid expansion enrollment.
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.
State of the State Address : 2015
Governor John Kasich (R) delivers his fifth State of the State Address before a joint session of the Ohio General Assembly in Wilmington.
John Michael Spinelli | Columbus Government Examiner
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has a remarkably selective memory, especially when it comes to when Ohio’s recovery from the worst recession in the nation’s history really started, which a monthly financial report issued by his own budget director shows started in early 2009, nearly two years before he was sworn-in as Ohio’s 69th Governor in early January of 2011.