End­ing tax roll­backs, clos­ing pris­ons put for­ward as way to fix state bud­get

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam Her­shey Colum­bus Bureau

COLUM­BUS — If Gov.elect John Ka­sich and the in­com­ing state leg­is­la­ture adapt the sweep­ing bud­get changes pro­posed Mon­day by the Ohio Cham­ber of Com­merce and eight metro cham­bers, there will be big changes in store for Ohioans.

“Re­design­ing Ohio” would save an es­ti­mated $1.4 bil­lion dur­ing the next two-year bud­get cy­cle and bil­lions more in the fu­ture, cham­ber of­fi­cials said.

Re­lease of the re­port comes as Repub­li­can Ka­sich and the new GOP-con­trolled leg­is­la­ture be­gin work on the new two-year bud­get with a rev­enue short­fall pro­jected to be as high as $8 bil­lion.

Rec­om­men­da­tions of the re­port in­clude re­duc­ing or cap­ping prop­erty tax roll­backs, end­ing au­to­matic pay raises for state em­ploy­ees and re­duc­ing prison costs by clos­ing three pris­ons.

Gov.-elect John Ka­sich, through spokesman Rob Ni­chols, wel­comed the re­port, say­ing the cham­bers “have put forth some se­ri­ous ideas that de­serve se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.”

“I think the Cham­ber of Com­merce’s bud­get rec­om­men­da­tions are likely to be taken very se­ri­ously,” said John Green, di­rec­tor of the Bliss In­sti­tute of Ap­plied Pol­i­tics at the Uni­ver­sity of Akron.

Ties to Ka­sich give the cham­ber re­port clout.

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