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Noon headlines, April 11, 2013: Flood watch, Ohio taxes, Medicaid, Strongsville strike, Indians
Census shows state tax collections are up; Medicaid protest in Columbus; Strongsville board a no-show, Indians vs. Yankees

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In The Region:
  • Flood watch
  • State tax collections up, Ohio gets most from sales taxes
  • Medicaid rally at the Statehouse
  • Strongsville board says public meeting would be illegal
  • Indians-Yankees close out home series
  • State tax collections up, Ohio gets most from sales taxes
    The latest Census report on state taxes shows they increased overall to nearly $795 billion in 2012, making it a record. In Ohio, they hit nearly $26 billion with about half of that coming from the state sales tax and nearly a third from the income tax.  Gov. Kasich has proposed a two-year state budget that would cut the income tax further and extend a reduced sales tax to more services, but both the Ohio House and Senate have expressed reservations about that.

    Medicaid rally at the Statehouse
    Though the number may be tamped down by the weather, thousands of demonstrators were expected at a rally at the Ohio Statehouse today to push state lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage

    GOP Gov. John Kasich wants to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 300,000 people, with nearly all the cost being borne by the federal government. But conservative Republicans say that would increase the deficit, and the Ohio House budget introduced its own version this week without the Medicaid expansion.

    Hospitals, healthcare professionals, businesses and advocates for poor people were expected at the protest. And members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus are also protesting Medicaid change, saying it would disproportionately affect minorities.

    Strongsville board says public meeting would be illegal
    The Strongsville school board will not attend a community meeting tomorrow aimed at settling the six-week teachers’ strike.

    A statement from board President David Frazee says “it would be considered illegal for the board to attend” because any time a majority of the board is at a meeting, “it is no longer a community meeting.”

    Frazee was not available for comment.

    Ohio’s Sunshine  law would define any meeting that includes a majority of the school board as a board meeting. That means the board would have to provide public notification and take any votes in a public session.
    The community meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center, 18100 Royalton Road. 

    Indians-Yankees close out home series
    The Cleveland Indians finish out what’s turned out to be a three-game opening home series against the New York Yankees tonight. Last night’s game was rained out, and the Indians may have wished the first two were as well. The Indians were outscored 25-7.



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