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Between the Lines: Kasich/FitzGerald speeches; taxing non-profits

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Governor John Kasich sounded an upbeat theme in his State of the State speech, urging lawmakers to support his plans for new education funding, tax changes and expanding Medicaid.

Will he be able to sell conservatives on embracing part of Obamacare?

Are big city schools shortchanged in his education funding plan?

Should income tax cut dollars go to individuals or to restore funding cuts for government?

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald did not announce if he'll challenge Kasich. He delivered a new name for the Medical Mart and news about a significant new tenant.

He proposed staging a sequel to the 1936 Great Lakes Exposition that drew lots of visitors and dollars to Cleveland.

Should the county and city embrace that idea?

Cleveland  homeowners are all paying higher property taxes because of the new Cleveland school levy.

Is it time to reexamine an old question: Should hospitals and other non-profits that are exempt from property taxes kick in some other school donations in their place?

State Represenative Mike Foley is championing that idea.

Tom Beres discusses these questions with Plain Dealer columnist Kevin O'Brien and Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairman Blaine Griffin on this edition of Between the Lines.

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