The next several months will be difficult ones in the Ohio General Assembly as it tackles the Fiscal Years 2012-2013 biennial budget. Ohio is facing an estimated $8-10 billion budget gap during a time of extended economic hardship around the state, meaning that tough decisions will have to be made concerning which programs will receive funding and which will not. Governor John Kasich, who pledged not to raise taxes, has already warned that Ohioans should prepare themselves for sweeping changes in the budget he proposes. As a newly elected governor, he has until March 15 to present his budget for introduction in the House. Greater insight into the proposal will likely be possible after Kasich's first State of the State address, which is scheduled for March 8 at noon before a joint session of the General Assembly.