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State Lawmakers Mulling Over Impact Of Gas Tax Increase

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Gov. Mike DeWine says raising the gas tax from 28-cents a gallon to 46-cents a gallon will help fill a $1 billion construction budget shortfall, but the proposal has led to a debate over how it will impact Ohioans. Democratic lawmakers and left-leaning groups are concerned a gas tax will disproportionately hurt poor people. “Gas… Read More

Making Election Day A Holiday? Statewide Officials Weigh In

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Ohio’s top elections official, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, says giving workers a day off for Election Day is an interesting idea, but he’s not convinced it’s the one and only solution. The city of Sandusky moved its paid city holiday from Columbus Day in October to Election Day. Local leaders said they wanted to prioritize that time as… Read More

Conservative Group Wants Offset To Possible Gas Tax Hike

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A conservative think tank is calling on lawmakers to make changes to counter an increase to the gas tax by making cuts elsewhere in Ohio’s tax structure. Greg Lawson with the Buckeye Institute says there is merit to the gas tax since revenue is strictly tied to infrastructure projects. Lawson says maintaining the state’s roads… Read More

Senate GOP Creating “Open Dialogue” To Clean Lake Erie

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Ohio Senate Republicans are saying one of their top goals is to protect what they believe to be the state’s number one natural resource: Lake Erie. They say keeping Lake Erie clean will be a team effort that doesn’t just fall on the shoulders of farmers. Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) says they want to… Read More

Sherrod Brown Taking His Tour To New Hampshire

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is heading to New Hampshire to kickoff the second leg of his tour of the early presidential primary states. Brown says he’s nearing a decision about whether to make a run for the White House. Sherrod Brown says like in Ohio, there are many Iowa communities dealing with the challenges… Read More

DeWine Warns Of Impending Crisis With Construction Fund Shortage

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The state doesn’t have any money for new road construction projects, and funding is falling short to make repairs to existing infrastructure. Gov. Mike DeWine says this is an impending crisis. And it’s looking more and more likely that the state will seek an gas tax increase to fill the hole. DeWine says it’s important to… Read More

AEP Hopes New PUCO Chair Gives Solar Farm A “Fair Shot”

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The panel of state regulators that reviews utility rates will soon have a new leader who has a history of opposing renewable energy issues. This is causing concerns for supporters of a proposed solar farm from AEP. Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt… Read More

Groups Oppose PUCO Nominee For Past Opposition To Renewable Projects

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As Gov. Mike DeWine considers who to select as the next member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, a coaltion of environmental groups are calling on DeWine to not select Sam Randazzo. Randazzo, who recently retired from representing Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is one of four nominees selected by a nominating council. The environmental groups… Read More

School Choice Advocates Look To Lawmakers For Facility Funding Boost

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Charter school advocates are calling on lawmakers to bump up their funding for facilities. They say the money now going to charters falls well below what they need. But critics say more changes should be made before a funding increase. Supporters of charter schools argue that parents and students should have the ability to make their… Read More

Domestic Violence Protections Extended To Victims In Dating, Intimate Relationships

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Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order that extends protections and access to resources for victims of domestic violence. The order includes protections to victims in dating relationships and intimate relationships. Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), the House minority leader, says the additions reflect the changing dynamics of modern relationships. She adds that the executive order sends… Read More