Gov. Kasich to announce Ohio budget cuts Tuesday

Highly-anticipated budget plan announced at noon

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Just two months after being sworn into office, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will lay out his plan for Ohio’s budget reduction on Tuesday around noon.

“It will be a reform agenda in Ohio like no one has ever seen," Kasich said. "All designed to get us in a good position."

The budget has been released, and the additional information is available here: http://bit.ly/i1FaTz.

Talks about what will be cut, how much will be cut and which state-operated entities will pass hands to private ownership have dominated much of the discussion around the governor’s anticipated plan thus far.

On Monday, Ohio Representative Matt Lundy told NewsChannel5 that he learned of plans to sell the Grafton Correctional Institution and the North Coast Correctional Treatment Facility as a package to a private prison operator are part of Tuesday’s budget announcement. Right now, the North Coast Correctional Treatment Facility is privately operated, while Grafton Correctional is operated by the state.

Kasich has an entire day’s worth of events planned for Tuesday. At noon, he plans to release the budget online at http://www.ohio.gov/ and http://obm.ohio.gov/ .

After the budget is released, the governor plans to sit down with the media an answer questions in the afternoon. At 6 p.m., the governor will address a town hall meeting at the Capitol Theatre in the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus and take questions from the public.

A spokesperson for Kasich’s office said the 820 event tickets for legislators and citizens to attend the town hall are sold out—and went quickly.

For those who cannot make it to Tuesday night’s event, the governor is soliciting questions via Twitter. Questions for the town hall can be submitted by a tweet using the hashtag #FixOhio.

NewsChannel5’s John Kosich will be in Columbus on Tuesday and will bring you the latest on air and on newsnet5.com throughout the day.

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