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Ohio lawmakers will discuss Kasich's budget
You can also expect hearings on taxes, internet cafes and turnpike tolls
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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A proposed two-year state budget will again be center-stage as Ohio lawmakers return to Columbus this week. But, as Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports, they will also be looking at other issues in legislative committees.

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It’s too early in the new legislative session for major floor votes on big issues, but lawmakers still plan to be busy this week.

In the House, four finance subcommittees have planned hearings on Gov. John Kasich’s proposed $63 billion state budget. The most controversial parts: his plan to slash the state income tax but also broaden the list of services covered by the state sales tax, plus his call to expand Medicaid to nearly 300,000 more low-income adults.

Even Kasich’s fellow Republicans are balking on those fronts.

Also up for a hearing is the governor’s proposal to have Ohio borrow money against future Ohio turnpike tolls and use the cash for highway and bridge repairs across the state.

Meanwhile, an effort to put hundreds of internet cafes and sweepstakes storefronts out of business will continue. Critics of the businesses charge they’re basically illegal, untaxed gambling operations, so a bill to crack down them will get another hearing in a House committee.

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