Ohio House Republicans want to drastically change Gov. John Kasich’s state budget proposal and plan to scrap his expansion of Medicaid, substitute a 7 percent income tax cut for his proposed 20 percent break, and eliminate plans to hike taxes paid by oil and gas exploration companies.
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State budget coverage
We have three reporters working full-time in Columbus to bring you the latest news you need on the debate over the state budget. Between now and June as the state budget takes shape, we’ll have all of the details on the plans for taxes, schools, Medicaid and other state government issues. You can also follow our political team on Twitter at @Ohio_Politics
Highlights from the House budget plan
* Give a 7 percent, permanent income tax break across the board beginning with the current tax year.
* Eliminate plans to expand Ohio Medicaid to cover 275,000 additional low-income Ohioans.
* Change how family planning money is distributed, which will likely divert funds from Planned Parenthood clinics.
* Require school districts to count enrolled students monthly rather than once a year.
* Allow charter schools to offer career tech programs.
* Keep state sales tax rate at 5.5 percent.
* Allow home and private school students to participate in extracurricular activities in their home school district if their school does not offer them.
* Distribute evenly proceeds from drilling on state lands between the Clean Ohio program and state park maintenance.
* Add $2 million each year for Ohio foodbanks.