- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A look at the key proposals in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s midterm budget bill:

TAXES:

- Cut Ohio income taxes by 8.5 percent to bring the top rate to 4.66 percent by 2016.

- Increases earned income tax credit from 5 percent to 15 percent.

- Raises personal tax exemption from $1,700 to $2,700 for those earning less than $40,000 and from $1.700 to $2,200 for those earning between $40,000 and $80,000.

- Raise Commercial Activity Tax rate from 0.26 percent to 0.30 percent.

- Increase cigarette taxes from $1.25 to $1.85 a pack, with similar increases on other tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

- Raise the severance tax rate on high-volume drillers to 2.75 percent of gross receipts, exempting $8 million per well in start-up costs.

- Earmark 20 percent of drilling-tax collections to local communities, through a combination of direct payments, competitive transportation grants and a legacy fund controlled by newly created regional commissions appointed by the governor.

EDUCATION:

- Extend vocational options to 7th and 8th graders.

- Establish dropout recovery programs for adults ages 22 and older at eligible community colleges and career centers.

- Provide $10 million in casino licensing fees for Community Connectors mentorship program.

- Tie two-year colleges’ state funding to completion rather than enrollment.

- Base 50 percent of state funding to technical centers on the percentage of students who find jobs.

- Allow two-year colleges to offer students a guaranteed tuition rate.

- Create a globalization liaison at the Board of Regents to attract and retain international students.

VETERANS

- Fast-track state licensing and certification for veterans and their spouses.

- Grant free college credit to veterans for military training and experience.

- Allow veterans priority course registration and high-quality academic and career counseling.

OTHER

- Establish state Human Services Innovation Office within Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

- Allocate $26.9 million from the national tobacco settlement to for tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.

- Direct $6.5 million to new substance abuse prevention initiatives.

- Streamline three federal workforce training programs to avoid overlap and ease use.

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SOURCE: Ohio Governor’s Office

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