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Kasich's proposal marries casino money to mentorship
He says the money will help bring out the "better angels"

Andy Chow
Gov. Kasich wants to see income tax cuts, but says other money can be shifted for priorities like mentorships.
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One proposal unveiled during the governor’s State of the State address Monday night would bolster community mentorship programs with casino money.  Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more.

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Republican Gov. John Kasich is asking the Legislature to help fund a program that would bring schools, parents and businesses leaders together for one goal: to help mentor young students.

It’s called the Community Connectors Initiative.

Kasich’s proposal would take $10 million from the licensing fees that the state receives from its four casinos and match funds raised by communities around Ohio.

Kasich believes this would be a crucial step in leading kids to a good education.

“All of us in Ohio — we’re hungry to help. We know what’s missing out there; we just don’t always know how to do it. And Community Connectors is going to give us a chance to listen to the better angels inside all of us to figure out how to make a difference in someone’s life.”

The governor says the program can go beyond the normal skills learned in a classroom and teach students other elements such as professional etiquette and workplace culture.

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