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Ohio Governor Creates Task ForceTo Examine College Costs

A new state task force will examine how Ohio's public colleges and universities can hold down costs and be more efficient. Republican Gov. John Kasich joined college presidents at a Tuesday meeting at the Statehouse, where he signed an executive order creating the nine-member panel. Kasich will appoint five people to the group, while legislative leaders will pick four members. The task force is expected to complete its work and issue a report by Oct. 1. The governor's two-year budget calls for capping tuition increases in 2016 at 2 percent and freezing tuition rates in 2017. It also would create a $120 million fund aimed at reducing accumulated student debt. Kasich discussed other ideas in his budget and defended proposed changes to taxes and his K-12 school funding formula.