Ohio governor ready to sign midterm budget bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is preparing to sign a midterm budget bill packed with policy changes.

The Republican governor planned to sign the legislation at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank on Monday afternoon.

The measure includes a package of tax changes and places additional legislative controls on the spending of $300 million set aside to cover unexpected expenses in the taxpayer-funded Medicaid health program.

The bill also spells out how certain mental health and addiction treatment funds will be spent, and creates an evaluation system for caseworkers at county social services agencies.

The tax package doubles Ohio's earned-income tax credit from 5 percent to 10 percent for low-income taxpayers and increases personal income-tax exemptions for residents making under $80,000 a year. It also accelerates a planned income-tax reduction.