- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democrats in the Ohio Senate say they’ll push Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) to include more preschool funding, expanded drug addiction services and a steeper tax hike on oil-and-gas drillers in his upcoming midterm budget.

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (shuh-VOHN’-ee) and fellow Democratic leaders would also like to see Ohio’s homestead exemption tax and property tax rollbacks reinstated and funding provided for Ohio’s 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee.

Kasich has begun a tradition of introducing a Midterm Budget Review, or MBR, a year into Ohio’s proscribed two-year operating budget. He’s expected to preview this year’s bill during next week’s State of the State speech.

Senate Democrats pinpointed their priorities Thursday. The budget document is due early next month.

A Kasich spokesman didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

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