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Highlights Of Ohio Gov’s State Of The State Speech

A look at some of the highlights of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State address, delivered Monday from Medina:

TAXES

—Proposed getting Ohio’s tax rate below 5 percent.

EDUCATION

—Said his administration would send ideas to the Legislature to help identify and reach kids at risk of dropping out of school and ask districts to craft plans for students to chart an alternative path to their high school diploma.

—Proposed using $10 million in state casino revenue to pay for an effort called “Community Connectors” to bring together parents, communities, religious groups, businesses and others to support children’s education.

—Announced a plan to tie higher education funding to course completion and graduation rates at the state’s publicly funded colleges and universities.

—Proposed giving free academic credits to veterans for the training and experience they received during military service.

HEALTH

—Stressed the importance of combating drug abuse and demand for drugs, such as prescription painkillers and heroin.

—Said new tobacco settlement dollars would be dedicated to fighting the addiction of smoking.

COURAGE AWARDS

—Presented his annual courage awards to Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who survived their decade-long imprisonment in a Cleveland house.

HIGHWAY PATROL POST

— Announced a State Highway Patrol post in Medina will be renamed in honor of House Speaker William Batchelder, who’s winding up a 46-year career in public service this year.

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