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Ohio panel to review gov's tax, education changes
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 06:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel is scheduled to delve into an election-year policy plan from Gov. John Kasich that includes cutting Ohio's income tax through increases in drilling and tobacco taxes.

The Republican governor released details of his proposal on Tuesday. Testimony on the measure is set to begin Wednesday afternoon in the GOP-led Ohio House.

The bill's prospects amid campaign season are uncertain.

Kasich, who faces re-election this fall, proposes cutting income taxes by 8.5 percent over the next three years, taking the top tax rate to 4.88 percent by 2016. Commercial activity, cigarette and drilling taxes would rise to pay for the reduction.

He also proposes streamlining Ohio's workforce development and poverty programs, tying all public-college funding to graduation rates and expanding vocational and dropout education offerings.


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Ohio calamity-day bill clears conference committee
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers have struck a compromise on what to do about missed school days around Ohio brought on by the season's extreme winter weather.

A House-Senate compromise committee approved a bill Tuesday to provide four extra snow days. The panel removed a provision that would have required teachers to undergo professional development training.

The decision followed an impasse last month over two competing versions of the bill.

Snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures have led many districts across Ohio to exhaust the school year's five allowable calamity days, in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time.

Many districts have canceled classes for nine or more days this year.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) backed adding extra snow days on a one-time basis.


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Lake Michigan ice cover breaks 37-year-old record
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:52

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Lake Michigan's ice cover has set a record.

The federal government's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor reports that ice spread across 93.29 percent of the lake's surface area on Saturday. That eclipsed the previous high of 93.1 percent in 1977.

The 37-year-old record was broken just before moderating temperatures began shrinking Great Lakes ice. At one point last week, the ice cover reached 92.2 percent for the entire five-lake system, second only to the 94.7 percent high reached in February 1979. On Monday night, it had dropped to 83.9 percent.

Lake Michigan fell to 77.1 percent Monday.

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Online:

http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/data/pgs/ice.html


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Ohio governor proposes tax, education changes
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich rolled out an ambitious election-year policy document Tuesday that delivers a promised income-tax cut through increases in tobacco and other taxes, and streamlines government offerings for jobseekers and the poor.

The fate of the Republican governor's plan is uncertain. Lawmakers he will ask to approve the measure face particularly competitive elections this year.

Testimony was set to begin on the bill Wednesday in the GOP-led Ohio House's powerful Ways & Means Committee.

Kasich, who also faces re-election this fall, proposes reducing Ohio income taxes by 8.5 percent over the next three years, which would lower the top tax rate to 4.88 percent by 2016. The administration estimates that would mean a cumulative tax savings from 2011 to 2016 of about $350 for a median-income couple with two kids.

The nearly $2.2 billion reduction would be made up for through increases in taxes on commercial activity, cigarettes and drilling.

Kasich said cutting income taxes and improving education and training are already proving beneficial.

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Winter isn't giving up in Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:46

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Winter isn't quite over yet in Ohio.

A winter storm watch has been issued for northern Ohio counties for late Tuesday and Wednesday, with 4 to 6 inches of snow expected in some areas.

A swath of central Ohio could get 1 to 3 inches of show, but it's expected to melt when it hits the ground, creating some slushy conditions and possibly hazardous driving.

After a few days of high temperatures in the 50s and 60s, Ohio is going to get colder again, with highs in the 30s expected on Wednesday.

The winter has been especially long and cold in the Buckeye State, with some cities seeing record snowfall and cold temperatures.


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