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Senate Budget Keeps Tax Credits While Cutting Income Taxes

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Ohio Senate Republicans made sweeping changes to the House version of the state budget, including larger tax cuts and restored tax breaks. The Senate budget revives the small business income tax deduction on the first $250,000 earned. The House lowered that to the first $100,000. It also brings back the film tax credit and diverts $125 million from school wraparound services to school choice vouchers. When rolling out his budget… Read More

Potential Ballot Issue Expands Background Checks For Gun Sales

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The group Ohioans for Gun Safety is rolling out a new campaign that would expand background checks for gun sales, closing the so-called “Gun Show Loophole.” The petition is part of an initiated statute that calls on requiring the sale and transfer of guns to be conducted by a federally-licensed firearms dealer. The petition language… Read More

Concealed Carry Debate: Do Weak Permit Laws Lead To Increased Gun Violence?

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Lawmakers and dozens of opponents to a pro-gun bill squared off in an Ohio House committee over so-called “Constitutional Carry,” HB178, which allows people to carry a concealed weapon without the need for a permit or training. Amy Whitson is a trauma surgeon who teaches advanced trauma life support in Columbus. She says she’s seen first-hand the serious and fatal… Read More

DeWine Touts Long-Term Significance To Kids Trauma Support Program

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A collection of case workers and mentors who work with kids experiencing trauma gathered in Columbus to discuss how their programs can better address growing needs. Gov. Mike DeWine says the Ohio START program can help end the cycle of substance use. More than 30 counties are part of the Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment, and… Read More

“Buy American” Bill Would Create Accountability For Federal Contracts

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The state’s two U.S. Senators are teaming up to encourage federal contractors to put more effort into buying American-made products. U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) “Buy American” bill would require agencies to explain their out-of-country contracts, placing that information on BuyAmerican.Gov. Portman says this adds public accountability, allows American companies to see what opportunities are… Read More

Sherrod Brown Weighs-In On Crowded 2020 Presidential Race

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown bowed out of the 2020 presidential race weeks ago, and many speculated that was because former Vice President Joe Biden was planning to run. When asked for his thoughts on Joe Biden running for president, Sherrod Brown said that he doesn’t comment on any individual’s strengths or weaknesses as a candidate. However, he continued to push… Read More

Opponents Argue Costs Of Nuclear Subsidies, Alternative Energy Programs

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Opponents are speaking out against the bill that would prop up two struggling nuclear plants while also toss out the state’s green energy requirements for utilities. There’s a debate over whether the legislation will end up saving a person more or less on their electric bills. The proposed law would create a monthly fee of $2.50 to create clean air… Read More

Husted: Honda’s Suspended Shift Reflects Automotive Sales Trends

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The Honda plant in Marysville is planning on suspending a second shift production line. The change will result in a reduced production of about 55,000 cars a year, mostly Honda Accords. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says this highlights the unpredictable nature of the automotive industry. While the Accord saw a slight uptick in sales to start… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp, FirstEnergy Solutions: What’s The Difference?

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The Ohio House is considering a piece of legislation, HB6, that will create a new fee on electric bills and scrap the state’s green energy standards. FirstEnergy Solutions’ two nuclear plants would stand to greatly benefit from the bill through large subsidies. There’s a long history between FirstEnergy Solutions and its former parent company FirstEnergy Corp,… Read More

Energy Bill Achieves Two Big Goals For FirstEnergy

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The plan to overhaul Ohio’s energy policy would get rid of the state’s green energy standards and would likely bailout nuclear power plants. The major utility company, FirstEnergy, has been strongly advocating for those two things to happen for years now. FirstEnergy gave more than $150,000 to House Republicans in 2018 leading up to the… Read More