(Medina) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has proposed a new round of tax cuts to drive the state's overall rate below 5 percent.

Kasich says he wants to cut Ohioans' personal income taxes and the taxes paid by small businesses.

Kasich announced the proposal Monday during his annual State of the State speech held this year in Medina.

The $62 billion, two-year state budget Kasich signed in June cut Ohio's income tax rates by 8.5 percent in 2013, another half percent in 2014 and another 1 percent in 2015.

Kasich says tax cuts are key to fueling the state's economic recovery and to keep people from leaving Ohio.

There were dozens of protesters outside Medina High School, voicing their opinions about Governor Kasich's policies.

Many are teachers who claim the administration is cutting funding for public schools, and giving that money to underperforming charter schools.

Protesters gripped signs along a sidewalk near the site of Kasich's State of the State address at the school’s Performing Arts Center.

Some of the demonstrators called for an end to fracking, while others demanded more support for same sex marriages.

They also voiced displeasure with Kasich's plan for additional tax cuts, which they contend financially straps schools and cities, while only benefiting the rich.

Others held signs calling for equal rights for same sex couples, and end to hydraulic fracking.

Governor John Kasich

Kasich presented his annual Courage Awards to three women who survived their decade-long imprisonment in a Cleveland house.

Kasich said the women's story is one of inner strength and a courage that brought them through and sustained them during the ordeal.

Kasich presented the award during his speech to Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

The three were rescued in May after being kidnapped from the streets of Cleveland between 2002 and 2004 at the ages of 14, 16 and 20.

Convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro hanged himself in prison in September at the beginning of a life sentence plus 1,000 years after he pleaded guilty to hundreds of charges the previous month.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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