Let's Study Consolidating Local Governments, Kasich Says

KASICH: "The issue of consolidation of everything has to be considered. But, I'd have to prove to people what we're going to get from it. I am likely to ask the leaders to appoint a commission to take a look at consolidation, and it's not going to be a commission so we can navel-gaze. It's going to be a commission that's going to look at what they do around the country, what the research has shown, and they'll do their own research."

The House version of a new two-year state budget includes a special fund to reward local governments that consolidate or share services. But the senate version scraps that idea. Negotiators for the House and Senate are now trying to hammer out a compromise budget package.

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