Kasich vetoes bill weakening clean-energy standards

By Dan Gearino
The Columbus Dispatch • Tuesday December 27, 2016 5:46 PM

Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a bill that would weaken the state's clean-energy standards, saying that the measure "amounts to self-inflicted damage to both our state's near- and long-term economic competitiveness."

The action on House Bill 554 was part of a series of vetoes on Tuesday, including a rejection of a $264 million tax break for the oil and gas industry, and a measure that would have created a new mechanism to eliminate state agencies.

In vetoing the energy bill, Kasich defied a House and Senate controlled by fellow Republicans. This slight could be felt as the next General Assembly begins its work. The governor has warned that his upcoming budget will be tight, and Republicans are adding to their majorities in both chambers.

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