Ohio Senate overrides 6 Kasich budget vetoes, skips tax hike

Posted at 4:55 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 17:00:11-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Senate has overridden six of Republican Gov. John Kasich’s budget vetoes while stopping short of reversing his decision to strike a tax hike proposal that the administration had called “unsustainable.”

Senators voted Tuesday to restore budget provisions giving legislators additional control over future Medicaid spending and imposing additional requirements on some program recipients.

They weren’t able to take up Kasich’s veto protecting Ohio’s Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act, because the House didn’t act on it.

Senators delayed action on five House-approved veto overrides, perhaps indefinitely.

One would have restored a tax increase on health insurers aimed at helping counties and regional bus services. Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist wrote senators that his Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform would be “educating” constituents if they supported it.