Gov. John Kasich again wants to reduce income tax withholding tables to give Ohioans a small amount of additional money in their paychecks — ultimately resulting in smaller refunds, or more money owed, come tax filing season.

Kasich made the same proposal in his 2016 State of the State address, but fellow Republicans in the legislature didn't act on it. State officials said two years ago that the withholding change would give a person making $60,000 a year, and claiming one dependent, an additional $1.10 a week.

The governor said on Tuesday he is considering taking $147 million from the projected state budget surplus to fund the one-time, upfront cost of reducing the withholding tables while also routing another $68 million to stuff the $2.7 billion rainy day fund to its legal maximum.

Both moves would be contingent upon tax revenues continuing to remain healthy this fall after the Nov. 6 election, Kasich said. Budget Director Tim Keen said the state appears en route to a $368 million surplus in the fiscal year ending next June 30.

Kasich said Ohioans "would rather have the money now" in their paychecks instead of waiting for their income-tax returns for refunds. The move would not be a tax cut, but fully reflect the last 6.3-percent across-the-board reduction in income taxes in the withholding tables.

The governor said he would discuss both of his proposals with lawmakers late this year. But Keen declined comment when asked if legislation to accomplish the proposal would be introduced or whether the lame-duck Kasich could try to accomplish them with executive orders before he departs office in January.

Under Kasich's 2016 withholding proposal — which appears identical to his current thinking — a low-wage earner making $17,500 a year would see 15 cents more a week in paychecks while a $150,000 annual earner would realize another $1.88 a week.

Kasich also said he was "taking bets" with friends on what will become of the rainy day fund once he leaves office and the "politicians" begin spending the savings account he has ardently defended amid demands it be used to fight the opioid epidemic or better fund local governments. Kasich said the economy ultimately will crumble and the money will be needed to offset would-be cuts to schools or programs benefiting the needy.

Income tax rates have been reduced 16 percent since Kasich took office, with total tax cuts totaling $5 billion, including reductions for small business owners, an earned income tax credit for the poor, the elimination of the estate tax and other moves.

The governor made his remarks after he received an honorary union membership, and jacket and plaque, from the Local 18 of the International Union of Operating Engineers for increasing state spending on highways and other structures to create more work for union members.