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Jo Ingles

A group that wants to put a proposed constitutional amendment to help crime victims on the statewide ballot this fall is forging ahead with its effort. 

Statehouse News Bureau

Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget includes a change in the way a portion of the state’s local government fund is distributed to communities. But the leaders of some of Ohio’s biggest cities and a group that represents communities across the state are fuming over that formula.

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Some Ohio lawmakers are pushing a bill that they say would save consumers, and in particular women, about $4 million a year. 

Karen Kasler

In each of the last two legislative sessions, at least one Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill that would change the rules for union dues and membership for public employees.  But there are questions about whether this latest so-called “right to work” effort has a chance of passing this time.

Dan Konik

There’s another indication a controversial bill nicknamed the “pastor protection act” might be on its way to becoming law. 

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Pharmacy costs for Ohio’s Medicaid program are lower than the national average by more than nine percent. And health insurance companies are crediting managed care plans for the cut in costs. 

Karen Kasler

A new report from a group representing 15 health insurers operating in Ohio says managed care is saving Medicaid a lot of money.

Jo Ingles

Some Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say they plan to fight the proposed tax reforms outlined in Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget. 

Karen Kasler

Gov. John Kasich has decided where and when he wants to deliver his seventh annual address to the legislature.

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It’s a case of déjà vu’ in the Ohio Legislature, which has the strongest Republican majority in half a century. Some abortion bills that were proposed but didn’t pass before are being re-introduced.

Karen Kasler

In the last seven years, the number of children taken into custody by children services agencies in Ohio soared by nearly 20%, and half of those cases involve parental drug use. And the agencies charged with caring for those kids say Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget doesn’t do enough to help them

Jo Ingles

A new study shows Ohio ranks in the bottom five of all 50 states in college affordability, and that just over 4 in 10 Ohioans have a post-secondary degree. The author of the report also says if the state doesn’t do more to fix the problem soon, Ohio will fall further behind economically. 

Karen Kasler

A bill on religious freedom that was introduced last year and went nowhere is back.  The so-called “Pastor Protection Act” got its first hearing Wednesday, the day after it was introduced.  And now Gov. John Kasich has weighed in on it.

Statehouse News Bureau

A group that wants to put an issue to provide more rights for crime victims on this fall’s ballot is one step closer to doing that. 

Jo Ingles

There’s a bill in the legislature that would add the photos of food stamp recipients to their electronic benefit transfer or EBT cards. The idea behind the legislation is to stop food stamp fraud. 

Jo Ingles

One day after a plan proposed by a Republican to would crack down on sanctuary cities was unveiled, statehouse Democrats came out with a plan of their own. 

Jo Ingles

The fight over how the state should deal with immigration issues has Republicans and Democrats at the Statehouse backing competing bills. And there are the signs the fight will be nasty. 

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Leaders in the Ohio House have already said they’re not interested in raising taxes on the oil and gas industry. However, Gov. John Kasich is still pushing his severance tax increase proposal. An industry leader says even proposing a hike doesn’t help Ohio.

Waverly, Ohio
Dan Konik

Ohio's library system is considered one of the best and best-funded in the nation. But while Gov. John Kasich is calling for libraries to provide online job training and education, there's no money included in his budget to do that. In fact, the state’s public library fund faces a $7 million cut in the first of two years under the Governor’s plan.

Statehouse News Bureau

Cincinnati and Columbus are the latest to adopt policies that stray away from enforcing immigration laws, essentially making them so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants and refugees. One statewide official wants to stop those cities in their tracks.

Karen Kasler

Gov. John Kasich has warned this will be a difficult budget process, but has also touted the progress Ohio has made under tax reforms he wants to continue in his final budget. And comparing his statements with those from his budget director almost appear to be examples of “alternative facts”. But the budget director's office has a clarification.

Karen Kasler

Gov. John Kasich made a somewhat surprising statement this week about a pair of abortion related bills from last year’s lame duck session – one he signed and one he vetoed.

Karen Kasler

More than half of Ohio’s 610 school districts will lose funding under the budget proposed this week by Gov. John Kasich, and 73 won’t get any more money than they got this fiscal year.

Andy Chow

Charter school advocates are calling on state lawmakers to take a second look at how much those schools pay for the buildings they occupy. This comes after a study broke down the costs of owning and operating school buildings. 

Statehouse News Bureau

A new report from a nonprofit group that tracks human trafficking says the crime is on the rise here in Ohio and nationally. 

Andy Chow

Ohio’s top elected Democrat has been critical of the policies and executive orders coming from President Donald Trump. One of Trump’s Republican opponents was asked about these concerns and the public response.

Jo Ingles

Some of the state’s top Republican officeholders who are likely to run for higher positions in 2018 are weighing in on challenges they think the state faces right now. 

Andy Chow

Gov. John Kasich is defending his plan to pay for more income tax cuts by raising the sales tax. Kasich has a message for local communities who are struggling to attract jobs.

Andy Chow

The budget season is officially up and running as House and Senate leaders examine many of Gov. John Kasich’s tax proposals. Many recommendations are being considered while one seems to be off the table.

The Ohio Statehouse, Monday January 30, 2017
Dan Konik

Both of Ohio’s U.S. Senators are taking issue with President Trump’s executive order on immigration that left many, including some permanent residents with green cards, stranded in airports over the weekend. 

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