Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Check out this video from the governor’s office to learn more about the proposal.
Gov. John Kasich wants to cut income taxes for small businesses and individuals and lower the sales tax in Ohio’s 2014-2015 budget. “Ohio’s taxes are too high,” Kasich said in a video posted to his website. “They hold back job creators and hold back our economy. We need to fix that.” The Columbus Dispatch reports that while the sales tax would decrease from 5.5 percent to 5 percent under the plan, more services would be subject to the tax. Increasing what can be taxed would allow the government to actually bring in more money over time. The Plain Dealer reports that this proposal includes the first tax rewrite since 2005. Kasich’s education funding reform plan, which he introduced last week, plays a big part in his budget proposal. …
Friday, June 24, 2011
Kent city manager, schools superintendent talk about effects of state budget cuts on the local level
Kent residents joined their local government leaders Thursday for a frank discussion about the state budget, its large cuts and how it all will play out locally. State Rep. Kathleen Clyde hosted a town hall meeting with Kent City Manager Dave Ruller and Kent City Schools Superintendent Joseph Giancola to talk about the budget at the Kent Free Library. Mainly, they gave a top-down summary of the cuts in the state budget and how those translate into budget reductions for the schools and city government. They also briefly answered questions from several residents in the audience. Clyde said the state's budget must be signed into law by June 30 to begin the state's fiscal year and continue state operations.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
State Rep. Kathleen Clyde will discuss the budget with Kent city, school officials
The state budget and how it will affect local government will be the topic of a town hall meeting hosted by State Rep. Kathleen Clyde Thursday at the Kent Free Library. Clyde, a Kent resident and attorney, will host a panel discussion about the budget with Kent City Schools Superintendent Joseph Giancola and Kent City Manager Dave Ruller. The town hall starts at 6 p.m. in the library at 312 W. Main St. The state budget, set to take effect July 1, slashes funding for local governments, school districts and universities. At Kent State University, officials there are bracing for as much as a $13 million cut in state support. Last year, the city received $1.2 million from the state local government fund. City officials are expecting a cut of …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Readers are divided over tuition, administrative salaries and higher education funding in Ohio
Higher education — particularly how we pay for it — can be a divisive topic, particularly in college towns like Kent. Last week we explained how Kent State University is bracing for a big cut in state financial support. The story included news about Kent State President Lester Lefton's $100,000 bonus, which was approved one week ago by the university's board of trustees. The story also addressed whether students may see a hike in tuition and fees for the coming semester. Readers responded to all three topics. Here's some of what they had to say: Robin Anderson: "Doc Lefton also got a bonus for his very first year at the University. You know, the year that the University kept Doc Cartwright around as a consultant for an extra year after she…
Friday, June 3, 2011
University trustees approve $100,394 bonus for Kent State President Lefton
While Ohio lawmakers wrangle over the state budget, Kent State University officials are bracing for a big cut in state support for Ohio's second-largest university. Kent State University President Lester Lefton told the university's trustees on Wednesday administrators have been preparing since 2009 for a "deep" cut in state dollars for higher education. Lefton said they're hearing the state budget, once finalized, could cut 13 percent out of the state dollars given to Kent State, or as much as $13 million. He emphasized the fact they won't know how big the cut will be until the state budget is passed — a move expected this month. "We have had funding cuts every year that I have been here," Lefton said. "But we’ve always thought of a deep …