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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:13:57 +0000
In his 25 years fighting for a constitutional school-funding system in Ohio, Bill Phillis is not known for tossing many compliments at legislative leaders, whom he believes have never stepped up and properly addressed the issue.But the executive director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy recognizes effort when he sees it.The Education Subcommittee of House Finance has spent hours listening to budget testimony over the past few weeks. Phillis doesn’t [...]
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:55:20 +0000
MARION — In the city that made shovels that dug the Panama Canal, the crawler that carried the Space Shuttle to the launching pad, and where the most clothes dryers in the world are still manufactured, a big change happened last fall.The city of Marion, which Democrat Barack Obama won by 11 points in 2012, did an abrupt turnaround four years later: Republican Donald Trump captured the city by 18 points in the Nov. 8 election. He prevailed in 29 of 31 city precincts, [...]
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:23:54 +0000
Gov. John Kasich's paycheck is a relative bargain for Ohio taxpayers.The cost of his frequent travel may be another matter.Kasich was the 187th-highest paid state employee last year at $148,315, slipping from the previous year when he was 174th on the list — and a precipitous decline from 1994,  when then-Gov. George V. Voinovich's pay of $115,752 annually placed him 15th highest.Kasich and other statewide elected officeholders have not seen a pay [...]
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:46:44 +0000
Twenty years after the Ohio Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that the state’s schoolfunding system was unconstitutional, the Statehouse debates over many of the same issues remain prevalent.But here's one thing that has changed — and not for the better.For the first 13 years or so after the initial DeRolph decision, state officials attempted to determine just how much it costs to fund a high-quality education in Ohio, said Howard Fleeter, an [...]
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:04:49 +0000
Facing a wave of opposition from medical professionals and families caring for the state’s sickest children, House Republicans plan to strip from the budget proposed changes to the Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps.As part of his two-year, $66.9 billion budget, Gov. John Kasich proposed eliminating the bureau, slashing income eligibility in half for babies born after July 1, and shifting the program into Medicaid managed care.The bureau screens providers, [...]
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:58:49 +0000
Ohio's jobless rate increased in February on a surge of people joining the labor force and not all of them were able to find work.On top of that, Ohio employers added a robust 15,200 jobs last month.The unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent in February from 5 percent in January, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.The report showed 35,000 people began looking for work in February and 28,000 of them found a job. That [...]
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:35:54 +0000
CAREY — A village mayor who's an Air Force veteran resigned after saying he received threats over a plan to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord's Prayer at council meetings.Carey Mayor Armand Getz said he decided to end the pledge and prayer to avoid potential lawsuits, noting that a Michigan village was sued over reciting the prayer at its meetings.He said he thought about how someone else might feel attending a council meeting."Would they feel [...]
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:28:34 +0000
Fortune is out with its new annual list of the World's Greatest Leaders, and, perhaps stunningly to some, there is Ohio Gov. John Kasich at No. 12.He's right behind another Ohioan whose name you might recognize: LeBron James.Kasich was cited for pushing positions unpopular with his own Republican [...]
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:16:31 +0000
The House is likely to pass a bill weakening Ohio’s clean-energy standards next week with a veto-proof majority, Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said Wednesday.“I think it’s sending a clear message … that this is something that we are very intent that needs to happen as state policy,” the Clarksville Republican said. “This is something we’re serious on.”House Bill 114, which makes Ohio’s renewable-energy mandates optional [...]
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:33:47 +0000
The Ohio Senate today approved a new two-year, $7.8 billion transportation budget that directs more funding for public transit and local projects, but still lacks a long-term plan for funding growing transportation needs in a state that touts logistics as a core economic strength.The concerns are real, said Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Copley, chairman of the Transportation Committee. They include: Ohio’s 28-cent motor fuel tax is inadequate for Ohio’s ongoing infrastructure [...]
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:36:01 +0000
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohioans wanting to start a medical marijuana business are urging regulators to add a residency requirement, at least initially, for businesses getting the state's few lucrative cultivator licenses.The Ohio Department of Commerce currently plans to award up to 12 large grow licenses and 12 small grow licenses statewide based on criteria including a company's business plan, security measures and experience. The rules now don't require that [...]
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:56:34 +0000
Employers can no longer forbid workers from bringing guns on company property if the weapons remain locked in vehicles under a new law that took effect Tuesday.Meanwhile, ticketing drivers for going through red lights just got more complicated under a separate law that also took effect today — though that’s an issue lawmakers hope to address soon.Since Ohio’s concealed-carry law took effect in 2004, private business owners have had the ability to [...]
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:32:30 +0000
More state fuel tax money would be diverted for local road and bridge projects, and county officials would need the OK from voters before approving a new vehicle registration fee under transportation budget changes Monday by the Senate.A Senate committee altered or scrapped several of the House-passed changes to the two-year, $7.8 billion measure.One cent of the state’s 28-cent fuel tax currently goes to the Local Transportation Improvement Program. The Senate [...]
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:58:32 +0000
People who want to grow medical marijuana in Ohio are certain about one thing: they don't want outsiders coming in to take over.The vast majority of more than two-dozens speakers at a public hearing today on marijuana cultivation rules said there should be a residency requirement for those granted licenses to grow pot legally under a new state law."We fought for this law ... I feel that it's unreasonable for out-of-state individuals to get licenses," said Kelley Mottola [...]
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:17:50 +0000
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci brands himself as the outsider when comparing himself to the probable field for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.The wealthy businessman and four-term congressman from Wadsworth today announced his candidacy in a GOP crowded race that already includes Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and is expected to soon add Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted.Renacci, who started his first business at age 24 and has been involved in [...]
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:53:17 +0000
MILLERSPORT — Residents and local officials fear that a state rule banning storm water drainage pipes from running through or over the new Buckeye Lake dam to discharge into the lake will cause backups and flooding in yards, farm fields and local roads.For many years, the privately installed pipes and pumps have been draining storm water into the lake, helping to preserve the inland area, which lies in a flood plain.That practice must end, says the Ohio [...]
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:21:35 +0000
Nine years after Ohio lawmakers and voters approved restrictions on what payday lenders can charge for short-term loans, those fees are now the highest in the nation.Ohio’s 2008 payday lending law has been ineffective. The question now is whether lawmakers are ready to address it.Lenders avoided the law’s 28 percent loan interest rate cap by simply registering under different sections of state law that weren’t designed for payday loans but allowed them [...]
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:50:33 +0000
Here are responses to your questions about health care, edited for length and relevance, by Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Joyce Beatty, both Democrats, and Sen. Rob Portman and Reps. Pat Tiberi and Steve Stivers, all Republicans.Since the Democrats oppose the GOP's proposed Obamacare replacement, they were asked how they would improve the 2010 health care law.Republicans were asked somewhat different questions on the GOP proposal.Q: While you oppose the [...]
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0000
You asked, so we asked.In four days, nearly 500 of you submitted questions for Ohio's two U.S. senators and the three House members who represent the Columbus area.Through our online form, emails and Facebook posts, you provided more than 2,000 questions. In fact, one person posed 23 queries; another asked a 61-word question.Many voters are frustrated that they can't get their questions answered from elected officials at town hall gatherings. Many elected officials are [...]
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0000
WASHINGTON — What health care plan does Congress have, and how is it different from one I can get?That, in a nutshell, was one of the most frequently asked questions by Dispatch readers.The general answer: They're all on Obamacare.That question, which came up eight years ago during debate over the Affordable Care Act, generated a requirement that members of Congress and their staffs should be on a newly created health-care [...]