Gov. John Kasich
recently asked the Ohio General Assembly to
convene his State of the State address Feb. 19 at a location outside the
It marks the second year that Kasich decided to conduct
the event away from the traditional forum in Columbus. This year it will be
held in Lima at the Veteran’s Memorial Civic and Convention Center. Last year,
the governor made waves when he chose Stuebenville as the location.
The governor said he chose Lima this year to showcase
Allen County, which has experienced a drop in the unemployment rate to 6.7
percent down from 10.8 percent in 2011.
As part of his State of the State, I’m sure Kasich will
focus on the economy.
But there are a few other things I will be curious to hear
What will Kasich say about school funding? This seems to
be a part of every governor’s speech, but so far has yet to alleviate Ohio’s
reliance on property taxes. Will he roll out any specific proposals?
What about funding for local governments through the
state’s Local Government Fund? Will the cuts put in place during his last
Will Kasich decide to expand Medicaid coverage as part of
the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and the state collect federal
funding to help implement it?
Will the governor discuss a plan to lower the state’s
income tax rate? That was an issue Kasich championed last year as he tied it to
increasing state revenue from hydraulic fracturing, but the idea didn’t make it
far through the Ohio General Assembly.
Last year, to the surprise of some, the governor talked
about issues such as stepping up efforts to prevent abuse of prescription
medications and to combat human trafficking.
What else might the governor have in store?
First-term U.S. Rep. David P. Joyce
, R-Russell Township,
has been selected to serve on three subcommittees within the powerful House
Joyce will sit on the Interior; the Labor, Health and
Human Services; and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development subcommittees.
The congressman is currently the only Ohio Republican
serving on the House Appropriations Committee.
He represents Ohio’s 14th Congressional District that
consists of Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties, plus parts of Cuyahoga,
Portage, Summit, Trumbull counties.
U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge
, D-Cleveland, will
serve as ranking member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department
Operations, Oversight and Nutrition; Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture,
Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture; along with the House Education
and the Workforce Committee and its Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary
and Secondary Education; and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protection.
Fudge represents the 11th Congressional District that
includes Euclid and Mayfield Heights, plus other eastern Cuyahoga County
communities along with portions of Summit County including part of Akron.
Scott J. Marn
has filed petitions for Mentor Council at
large Jan. 2 term; Ray Kirchner
filed for Mentor Council at large Jan. 3
term; and Max
filed for Madison Township trustee.
Recently taking out petitions with the Lake County
Elections Board are Ted Andrzejewski
for Eastlake mayor, and Bill Margalis
for Wickliffe mayor.
The Bolton Republican Women’s Club will meet Monday at 6
p.m. at Lake County Republican Party headquarters in Painesville.
Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy
hosts his annual Mardi Gras Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Holiday Inn
Express LaMalfa Centre in Mentor. See Kip Molenaar
Concord Township Trustees Paul Malchesky
re-election fundraiser is 5 to 7 p.m. March 4 at Harry Buffalo
in Painesville Township. See Malchesky, Galloway or Connie Luhta.
John Arthur Hutchison
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