Mark Kovac's informative article concerning Governor Kasich's new budget (Record-Courier, Feb. 5) explained how the governor plans to improve many areas of our state economy.
Some of the proposed budget changes include tax cuts for small business and individuals; $31 billion increase in Medicaid to provide better health care for low-income people; $14.8 billion for public schools; and a tax hike on oil and gas production. The article also stated that there would be temporary cuts in the state income tax of 0.5 percent, an additional tax on services, and a cut in personal income tax of 20 percent over the next three years.
I did not read anything that suggested "benefits for the wealthy."
But, almost immediately, the response by our state minority leader, Eric Kearney, was "This new budget proposes massive tax increases that will benefit the state's wealthiest residents."
This seems to be just a typical minority party response that we hear over and over, but completely without justification, as you can see by actually reading the proposed budget. And, as usual, "Time will tell".
Henry Hecky Jr., Garrettsville