Tim Keen

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An environmental group and an oil and gas industry lobbying group are both praising a bill that passed the Ohio House that would streamline the process of capping approximately 600 old, unused wells that don’t have owners. The groups also want more money put toward that process.

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After a tough year of forecasting last year, the state's budget projections turned out to be right on target for last month.

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For the second month in a row, the state collected more income taxes than forecasts suggested it would. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that’s quite a turnaround from last year, when the two-year state budget had to be trimmed as income taxes fell nearly $850 million short.

Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen
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The state budget director took a lot of heat for tax collections that came in nearly a billion dollars below his projections.

That office is trying to make sure it doesn’t miss with its forecast for the new budget. But there are still a lot of economic uncertainties to deal with.

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In spite of tax collections coming in short for nearly all of the fiscal year that just ended, the state says it ended the year with a surplus.

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New numbers from the state budget office show Senate Republicans were correct in saying they needed to close a billion dollar hole in the upcoming budget. And the trend of the state having less money to spend will continue. 

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Ohio State Senators are preparing to put out their version of the state budget, in which they need to trim hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure it’s balanced. And now the state budget office is reporting another big loss in tax collections for the current fiscal year.

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For the third time in four months, the state has fallen short of bringing in the revenues that were projected.

Kasich, Budget Director Have Different Takes On Wage Growth

Feb 6, 2017
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Governor John Kasich has warned this will be a difficult budget process, but has also touted the progress Ohio has made under tax reforms he wants to continue in his final budget. His statements might seem to be at odds with recent comments by his budget director.

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The Kasich administration is proposing to change the way it distributes money to local governments. The Ohio governor’s plan would give precedence to communities with less capacity to raise their own funds.

Kasich’s Plan to Tackle College Affordability

Mar 5, 2015
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Governor Kasich wants to reduce the cost of public college tuition, and has promised to “take an ax” to the schools that fail to lower student costs. Average student debt is almost $30,000, and Kasich has formed a task force to find ways to reduce the burden. We’ll discuss where tuition money goes, and if it’s possible to fund education more economically.

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Tax Strategy and Ohio's Budget

Mar 6, 2013

10:00 A recent poll by Quinnipiac University found that most Ohioans are wary of Governor Kasich's  proposed tax plan. The revamp includes a 20 percent decrease in the income tax, and an expansion of sales tax, which some fear may burden the poor. Others feel the cuts will benefit small business and spur job growth. In this hour, we'll take a close look at the tax strategy of Ohio's budget.   Guests

The State of the Ohio Budget

Jul 21, 2011

Ohio’s budget is passed, and now it’s time to face the effects. Cuts have been made to fill an  eight billion dollar deficit, and these are cuts that many feel will be difficult to face. While these cuts might not be easy to grapple with, they’re considered by Governor Kasich to be critical. We’ll talk about the reasoning and details of these budget cuts today, with Ohio Office of the Budget and Management Diretor, Tim Keen. Guests:

  • Tim Keen (Ohio Office of Budget and Management Director)

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