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Governor John Kasich says there’s no moral equivalency between counter-protesters and Nazi sympathizers, and President Donald Trump should not be concerned about winning an argument over who’s more responsible for last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ibrahim Sow

After years of inaction, Ohio’s New African Immigrants Commission came together pretty suddenly.

“We sat two years idle and did not hear anything,” says Ibrahima Sow. “And then out of the blue just a couple months ago, some of us started receiving calls from the governor’s office.”

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Gov. John Kasich chose a deck at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland to sign a new bill aimed at protecting Lake Erie. Senate Bill 2 will expand the power of the Ohio EPA, but it’s also aimed at helping businesses.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to a crowd.
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The Ohio Republican Party’s state dinner this weekend brought in hundreds to Columbus, and included two leaders with two different perspectives on the Senate health care bill. And that put the person who will actually be voting on it in a tough position.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s official announcement last week that she’s running for governor rounds out the GOP field at four. More than the others, though, Taylor is walking a line, praising the progress of Ohio under Gov. John Kasich, while drawing distinctions. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on what may be shaping up to be a proxy primary battle between Kasich and President Donald Trump

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The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging Governor John Kasich to sign a water quality bill sent to him last week.

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There may have been occasional disagreements between Ohio’s Republican-dominated House and Senate and Republican Gov. John Kasich, but he’d issued more than a hundred vetoes in his seven years in office without one being overturned. Thursday, that changed dramatically.

The State Budget

Jul 6, 2017
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Governor Kasich on Friday signed a new two-year state budget into law, but not without 47 line-item vetoes, the most prominent of which nixes a freeze on enrollment in the Medicaid Expansion.

 Today, how his fellow Republicans respond to that and other vetoes.  

The Ohio Statehouse
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Ohio’s budget battle continues this week as lawmakers are expected to try to override some of the vetoes Gov. John Kasich made when signing a two-year budget into law last week.

Gov. John Kasich signed his third budget on June 30, 2015.
Ohio Public Radio

It may seem like the budget is coming down to the wire. But waiting till the last minute to get the budget in place is pretty typical.

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Chamber
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The clock is ticking for Gov. John Kasich who has until Friday night to sign the $65 billion state budget that fills a revenue shortfall and makes some major policy changes. At least one of those changes that could set the stage for a veto fight. 

Allegra Boverman

Just hours before the US Senate announced its health insurance bill would be delayed, Gov. John Kasich was speaking out about funding for Medicaid with another governor – a Democrat.

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An income tax break for Ohio’s small businesses in recent years is under fire from Democrats and some Republicans. They say the current budget situation shows it’s time to end that tax cut.

Governor John Kasich is firmly rejecting those suggestions.

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Governor John Kasich will join a delegation of state officials and business leaders for an economic development trip to Japan.

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Governor John Kasich says stories swirling around the White House show why he could not support the Trump campaign for president.

Nursing home health care
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The longstanding battle over funding nursing homes in Ohio is now in the Senate, after the House dramatically changed Gov. John Kasich’s proposal. And a new report has helped reignite the fight.

The Ohio Statehouse
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Republicans leaders in the House have rolled out more changes to the state budget bill which includes tougher access to Medicaid expansion money. The final budget vote is expected in the House this week.

Gov. John Kasich speaks to Brent Lander, Rebecca Boruszewski and Steve Scimia - the first three people in line at his book signing in Westlake.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Gov. John Kasich continues his multi-state promotional tour for his book “Two Paths” through Friday. He’s appeared on national TV shows and done a number of interviews.

And he’s talking about a lot more than just the book, sitting down for an interview in Westlake near Cleveland Sunday afternoon.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 1, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
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The Ohio House Finance Committee has accepted 325 amendments to the state budget, which must clear both the House and the Senate by June 30. Among the changes are eliminating the bottom two tax brackets, a limit on hospital Medicaid spending to $7 billion per year and axing the mandate that would have required colleges to pay for students' textbooks.

Today we'll discuss the state budget and the latest in local and national news with a panel of reporters.


The part of Gov. John Kasich’s budget that would have required teachers to spend time shadowing business leaders in order to renew their licenses has been scrapped.

Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, House Finance Chair) and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville).
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

House Republicans went back to the drawing board to roll out a new budget plan after seeing tax revenues coming up short month after month. The changes include taking out nearly all of Gov. John Kasich’s tax reform proposals.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says the discourse that came out during the 2016 presidential campaign was beyond what he could have imagined, and he still doesn't understand how politicians got away with it.

He was shocked by "the kind of rhetoric and the negativity and the put-downs and the kind of acid that was being spilled out there in the public dialogue," Kasich tells NPR's David Greene. "In my job, you make one of those statements and you're dead, you know? But it seemed like none of this ever mattered. And I just couldn't believe that people could survive it."

Mobile homes at Enchanted Acres on South Parsons Avenue.
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Some 900,000 Ohioans live in mobile or trailer homes – manufactured homes, as they’re known. Gov. John Kasich wants to merge the small nine member commission that oversees those homes with the Department of Commerce, which has more than 800 employees.

Ohio Governor John Kasich unveils the state budget on January 30, 2017.
Dan Konik

The House version of Gov. John Kasich’s budget comes out tomorrow, and it’s expected to include a lot of changes.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on CBS' Face The Nation.
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Gov. John Kasich begins his book tour this week – just as the House version of his budget is being released. And while it’s expected his fellow Republicans will make big changes in that budget, Kasich is talking about unity.

On CBS' Face The Nation, Kasich said his book “Two Paths” is about how the country got to the divided place it’s in, and how to get out of it. And he notes the expectation that it’s the start of his next presidential campaign.

Months of tax revenues coming in under estimates have Gov. John Kasich trimming back his two-year state budget by $800 million. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that has budget watchers wondering what will be cut.

Nothing is off limits

The state has a $615 million shortfall in this year’s budget, with revenues coming in behind forecasts for eight of the last nine months. With that in mind, Gov. John Kasich announced he’s pulling back his budget proposal by $400 million for each of the two years in the spending plan. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Apr 17, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
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Ohio lawmakers have come up with a plan to address the projected $615 million revenue shortfall by restraining the growth in the budget by $400 million each fiscal year. County leaders across the state are already decrying proposed budget cuts that could cost some counties millions of dollars. Join us today to discuss this and the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters.

John Kasich
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Gov. John Kasich had strong words for leaders in Washington from his own party. Kasich’s comments came amid uncertainty over Ohio’s fiscal future.

Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen (from left), House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Governor John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof discuss changes to the state budget.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The Republican leaders of Ohio’s House and Senate and Republican Gov. John Kasich have come up with a way to deal with the $615 million revenue shortfall that’s expected by the end of this fiscal year.

Ohio Statehouse
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Gov. John Kasich has cut income taxes in all three of his state budgets, and has proposed a 17 percent income tax cut in his final one. But state lawmakers are working on the new state budget right now, and are looking at state tax revenue coming in below estimates. And even Kasich’s Republican colleagues in the legislature are showing signs that they’re concerned about what they’re seeing.