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Advocates Say Awareness Is Vital Tool In Fight Against Human Trafficking

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Hundreds of people gathered in Columbus for the 10th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day to discuss the most pressing issues related to the issue and share what has been working in their communities. Advocates, law enforcement, attorneys and human trafficking survivors filled the Ohio Statehouse atrium for the conference hosted by Sen. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo)… Read More

Task Force Looking Into Using Risk Assessments In Bail Process

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The Ohio Supreme Court chief justice is gathering a team of experts to examine the state’s bail system, determining whether or not the system is unfair for people who are arrested but held on expensive bail before they can argue their case. Daniel Dew, with the conservative leaning Buckeye Institute says a high bail can… Read More

Workers’ Compensation Requests More Investment In Safety, Wellness Programs

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The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is requesting an increase in its budget, saying it’s crucial to encouraging safety and wellness among workers while keeping employer rates down. Ohio BWC is requesting a $644 million biennial budget, an increase of nearly 9%. BWC Administrator Stephanie McCloud told the Ohio House Insurance committee its programs help keep workers safe and healthy,… Read More

Advanced Energy Group Says Revisiting Renewable Standards Creates Uncertainty

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Advocates for renewable and alternative energy sources are calling on Ohio lawmakers to create consistency when it comes to the state’s green energy policies. They say Ohio falls behind other states when legislators keep revisiting the renewable energy standards. Advanced Energy Economy’s Ray Fakhoury says the market is trending toward the use of renewable and… Read More

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