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Strickland Speaks to City Club

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 8:42 AM

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With the General Assembly still at work on a two-year state budget, Governor Strickland continues to push his initiatives for public education, affordable health care and the state economy. The governor spoke to a Cleveland audience yesterday. ideastream's Tasha Flournoy reports.

Ohio’s public college tuition costs are 47 percent higher than the national average, Strickland said, and that’s why one of his budget proposals would freeze college tuition for two years. He says it’s vital to the health of our public education system.

Ted Strickland: In effect, this tuition freeze is a significant tax cut for every family trying to send a son or daughter to college. And, for every adult trying to send themselves to school.

Other budget proposals include increasing money for children’s healthcare and early childhood education. And, a property tax break for the disabled and seniors, which offers no taxes on the first $25,000 of your home’s value.

Strickland’s says state lawmakers are still making changes to the budget, but that he’s in agreement with them on many items. He wouldn’t say if he plans to veto any parts of the two-year spending plan.
But, he hopes to sign off on it this week.

Tasha Flournoy, 90.3.

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