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Kasich Signs State Budget

Kasich Signs State Budget

(Columbus) Gov. John Kasich signed off on a two-year $62 billion state budget Sunday evening. Kasich vetoed 22 line-item measures. But he did not veto a controversial abortion provision that would now force women to have an ultrasound before having the procedure. The new rule also blocks abortion clinics from transferring patients to public hospitals, if they need more care, after a procedure. Patients now have to find a private hospital. Opponents of the new restrictions protested at the Ohio Statehouse last week. Kasich also vetoed a provision that barred the state's medicaid program from covering the additional low-income residents allowed under the Affordable Care Act. The budget includes a $2.7 billion tax cut and $1.5 billion for education. The budget also includes investments in Ohio’s highway system, creates a new funding model for Ohio’s colleges and universities, it reforms the state’s Medicaid system to reduce fraud and increase care quality.

 

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