A look at the key proposals in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s midterm budget bill:
— Cut Ohio income taxes by 8.5 percent to bring the top rate to 4.66 percent by 2016.
— Raise Commercial Activity Tax rate from 0.26 percent to 0.30 percent.
— Increase cigarette taxes from $1.25 to $1.85 a pack, with similar increases on other tobacco products and e-cigarettes.
— Raise the severance tax rate on high-volume drillers to 2.75 percent of gross receipts, exempting $8 million per well in start-up costs.
— Earmark 20 percent of drilling-tax collections to local communities, through a combination of direct payments, competitive transportation grants and a legacy fund controlled by newly created regional commissions appointed by the governor.
— Extend vocational options to 7th and 8th graders.
— Establish dropout recovery programs for adults ages 22 and older at eligible community colleges and career centers.
— Provide $10 million in casino licensing fees for Community Connectors mentorship program.
— Tie two-year colleges’ state funding to completion rather than enrollment.
— Base 50 percent of state funding to technical centers on the percentage of students who find jobs.
— Allow two-year colleges to offer students a guaranteed tuition rate.
— Create a globalization liaison at the Board of Regents to attract and retain international students.
— Fast-track state licensing and certification for veterans and their spouses.
— Grant free college credit to veterans for military training and experience.
— Allow veterans priority course registration and high-quality academic and career counseling.
— Establish state Human Services Innovation Office within Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
— Allocate $26.9 million from the national tobacco settlement to for tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.
— Direct $6.5 million to new substance abuse prevention initiatives.
— Streamline three federal workforce training programs to avoid overlap and ease use.
SOURCE: Ohio Governor’s Office