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Education, Health Care Access On House Democrats' Agenda

Democrats in the Ohio House are calling for a fair tax structure, investments in education, health care access and increased support for local governments. Minority party members discussed their priorities for the upcoming state budget Tuesday at a Statehouse news conference, but they offered few specifics. Rep. Denise Driehaus, the Democrats' top member on the House finance committee, said her caucus would release more policy details after Republican Gov. John Kasich unveils his two-year budget proposal next week. Kasich is expected to continue to focus on cutting the state's income tax rate. Democratic Rep. Jack Cera called the governor's previous tax changes "a shell game" that has left the middle class paying a higher percent of their income in taxes compared with wealthier Ohioans.