Ohio Gov. Kasich's tax, education changes on tap

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is preparing to release details of an ambitious election-year policy document that addresses taxes and education and streamlines government services for the poor and unemployed.

The Republican governor's mid-biennium review, or MBR, was expected out Tuesday. Testimony is set to begin in the GOP-led Ohio House on Wednesday afternoon.

Kasich said during his State of the State speech last month that the bill would include his plan for driving Ohio's personal income tax rate to below 5 percent. That will likely involve a second attempt at increasing Ohio's tax rate on big oil and gas drillers, as well as new taxes on tobacco products.

The bill is also expected to provide details of Kasich's plans for educating Ohio's budding young workforce and retraining the unemployed.