Between the Lines: State budget, chase fallout, Westbrook farewell

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Governor John Kasich's re-election budget is getting cheers and jeers after its rollout.

Kasich promised more money for most schools and no cuts for any systems.

But some systems in poorer cities are disappointed their revenues are remaining flat.

An income tax and sales tax cut funded partly by higher taxes on oil and drilling will be popular with taxpayers and small businesses.

But taxing more services may not be.

Kasich wants to expand Medicaid with the federal government picking up most of the tab to provide coverage to lower income Ohioans.

It also involves issuing bonds for infrastructure project backed by the Ohio Turnpike.

What parts of the budget will be most problematic?

How does this provide a platform for Kasich's re-election bid?

Attorney General Mike DeWine's report on November's Cleveland police chase and double fatall shooting is creating a political crossfire.

Did he go too far blaming it on the police department's "systemic failure?"

Should Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty appoint a special prosecutor to hand it to the grand jury?

Does there need to be a "fall guy" for the  chaotic and tragic outcome?

Much-respected veteran Cleveland Councilman Jay Westbrook will not run for reelection after 34 years in office.

What will his loss mean to council?

Which of his qualities could his colleagues emulate?

Tom Beres discusses these issues with Channel 3 Political Analysts Mary Anne Sharkey and Dennis Eckart on this edition of Between the Lines.


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