It appears that Gov. John Kasich
has not given up on the
idea to provide Ohio residents an income tax cut.
An emerging proposal aims to increase the tax on oil and
gas drilling and send a quarter of the raised revenue back to the state’s
Appalachia area, according to various media reports.
The new plan would increase the severance tax to 4.5
percent and send 25 percent of that money to 33 Appalachian counties, where the
bulk of the drilling occurs, The Associated Press reported.
That could mean the remaining 75 percent would provide
$1.1 billion in income tax cuts during the next five years and $370 million for
the Appalachian region.
The Ohio Senate approved its version of the state budget
this week, and Kasich’s plan was not included.
However, a conference committee that will hammer out a
version between what the Ohio House of Representatives passed earlier and what
the Ohio Senate passed Thursday. That version would be sent to the governor and
must be signed by Kasich before July 1.
The oil and gas drilling tax increase proposal might be a
tough sell, especially in the Ohio House, where Republican members have not
been exactly keen on the idea even with an accompanying income tax reduction.
When it comes to a potential expansion of Medicaid in
Ohio, something also wanted by Kasich, a plan was not included in either the
Ohio House or Senate version.
However, legislative study committees have been
established to try to work on a plan potentially before the end of the year.
Lake County Probate Court bench
Shortly after Lake County Probate Court Judge Ted Klammer
died in March, Geauga County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Tim Grendell
was assigned by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor
assist with Lake County Probate Court proceedings through Sept. 20.
So far, Grendell hasn’t been needed to sit in, but the
appointment allows Grendell to assist retired Stark County Probate Court Judge R.R. Denny Clunk
who had been appointed by O’Connor for a three-month assignment to the Lake
County Probate Court bench.
Sitting judges of the county Common Pleas Court also have
helped to cover the probate court docket until a judge is appointed by Kasich.
From what I’m told four names have been sent by the Lake
County Republican Party to Columbus for the governor to consider: Geauga County
Assistant Prosecutor Mark Bartolotta
; Lake County Probate Court Magistrate Lora
; Lake County Assistant Prosecutor John O’Donnell
; and Jim O’Leary
a Painesville Township attorney.
It might be another month or so before Kasich makes an
Ohio Senate District 25 update
Former state Rep. Kenny Yuko
, D-Richmond Heights,
announced he will run for Ohio Senate District 25, which consists of Eastlake,
Fairport Harbor, Grand River, Lakeline, Mentor Ward 4, Mentor-on-the-Lake,
Painesville, parts of Painesville Township, Timberlake, Wickliffe, Willoughby
and Willowick in Lake County, plus Euclid, Richmond Heights and other eastern
Cuyahoga County communities.
State Sen. Nina
, D-Cleveland, represents the
district. She is eligible to seek re-election, but is considering running for
Ohio Secretary of State, although she has not announced her intentions. I would
say look for something soon, now that the Ohio Senate has passed a state budget
Former state Rep. Ed
, D-Euclid, also is considering
running for the Ohio Senate District 25 seat, but has not made an announcement
on his plans.
Staff for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
, R-Ohio, will hold
office hours in Lake County from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The location will be at the fifth floor of the county
administration building, 105 Main St. in Painesville. No appointments are
Willoughby Hills Councilwoman Nancy Fellows
Day Family Picnic from 6 to 8 p.m. June 14 at Campbell Park in Willoughby
Hills. See Nancy or Dale Fellows
n John Plecnik
, candidate for Willoughby Hills Council,
Slovenian Style Dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 12 at Willoughby Hills
Community Center. See Plecnik or Tony Manfredi
Eastlake Mayor Ted Andrzejewski
, ninth annual golf
outing, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start July 19 at Pine Ridge Golf Course in Wickliffe.
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: Ed Jerse, John Kasich, Kenny Yuko, Nina Turner, Rob Portman, Tim Grendell