Governor John Kasich’s second budget has been officially introduced in the Ohio House, though hearings actually started after he unveiled the spending plan last week. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
The Senate won’t get the budget till it passes the House, and that could take a while. But Senate President Keith Faber says his caucus is already looking it over, and is especially interested in the Governor’s proposed shift from income taxes to sales taxes as the state’s largest source of revenue.
FABER: “We like out of the box thinking here in the Senate. But from that perspective, we haven’t taken a position formally on any of the proposals. We’re going to vet them, we’re going to listen to what people have to say about them, and we’re going to study the impacts, both intended and unintended.”
Faber says the caucus also hasn’t taken a position on the proposed expansion of Medicaid, but admits Republicans have some concerns about the long-term impact on the state. Republicans outnumber Democrats in the Senate 2-1, and the GOP also has a super-majority in the House.