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Kasich Talks With Reporters About The Year That Was

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Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich  wants more state income tax cuts in a year that saw certain small-business taxes reduced to zero and across-the-board reductions statewide. Kasich has advocated eliminating Ohio's income tax since 2010. He said during year-end remarks Tuesday in Westerville further reductions remain a goal though Ohio's economic position is strong. He says the budget is balanced, the state's rainy day fund is strong and wages and job totals are rising.

Kasich's policies have shift more of the tax burden from the wealthy to lower income Ohioans. Kasich said Ohio's drug problem must be addressed and he'd like to see changes in public education.  Kasich declined to speak with reporters yesterday about his low poll numbers in the presidential race.
 

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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