(Columbus, OH) There’s an unusual legislative session scheduled Thursday in Columbus.
Normally, state lawmakers head on summer break following passage of the biennial budget. But Republican legislative leaders anticipated a veto showdown with Ohio’s governor over Medicaid expansion.
As expected, Governor John Kasich used a line-item veto to strike down a proposed Medicaid expansion freeze in 2018. The outspoken GOP governor has been calling for such an expansion in the U.S. Senate version of an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill. But he’s not getting support in his own state for such a proposal.
Thursday’s legislative session is aimed at overriding the governor’s veto in an effort to balance the two-year spending plan when tax revenues are down and future projections don’t look good.