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Widener says money saved by Medicaid expansion should to go Ohio taxpayers
GOP state senator provided a key vote on expansion 

Jo Ingles
State Sen. Chris Widener says money saved with Medicaid expansion should go to taxpayers.
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One of the Republican Senators who voted to allow the state to accept two and a half billion federal dollars for Medicaid expansion has introduced a bill to give Ohioans a tax break. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the legislation is designed to capture savings in state government and give that money back to Ohio taxpayers.

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Republican state Sen. Chris Widener sits on the Ohio Controlling Board, the legislative panel that approved the federal money to expand Medicaid. He says the state will save $400 million now because the federal government will pay for services for hospitals and prisons that were allowed for in the recently passed state budget. So Widener says that money should be used for a tax cut.

“Let’s give that back to the taxpayers, working families of Ohio and add onto the income tax cut that we already have in this current state budget. So in other words, instead of a 9 percent cut, we add 4percent to that so it would be a 13 percent cut next year. And the year after that, instead of a 10 percent cut, we’d add 4 percent to that and make it a 14 percent cut.”

Widener says he expects his Republican colleagues will embrace the bill since they wanted to provide a tax break of more than 10 percent in the first place.

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