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Lawmakers Explore Complicated Issue Of E-School Funding

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The Ohio House and Senate is exploring its options when it comes to how the state gives money to e-schools. But as lawmakers are discovering, the issue gets complex when considering the different types of online academies. There are digital platforms found within traditional public schools, charter schools, and dropout prevention and recovery schools. The… Read More

Mike DeWine Proposes $90M For Home Visitation Programs

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Gov. Mike DeWine wants to more than double the funds for home visitation programs to help curb Ohio’s dismal infant mortality rate and develop at-risk children’s mental, physical, and behavioral health. The report from DeWine’s home visitation committee recommends making race and ethnicity foundational elements in infant mortality efforts, creating a central point for the intake and data… Read More

Mike DeWine Proposes Dramatic Increase To Children Services Funding

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Children services officials are celebrating a proposal from Gov. Mike DeWine that nearly doubles the amount of state funding that goes towards their cause. They say this is the first indication in a long time that the state is taking issues like foster care seriously. DeWine wants to pump $74 million into the family and… Read More

Sherrod Brown Wrapping Up Tour Of Early Primary States

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is starting the final leg of his tour of the early presidential primary and caucus states. As he visits South Carolina, Brown says he’s learned a lot as he gets closer to making a decision on a possible presidential run. Brown has been spreading his pro-worker message but says he’s learned about… Read More

Yost Joins Two Federal Court Cases Dealing With Gun Regulations

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The state has joined two briefings filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on cases dealing with gun ownership and regulations. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says one of the legal fights is about protecting the country from setting a dangerous precedent related to constitutional rights. Ohio is among 23 states fighting a law in New… Read More

State Saved $4.4B According To Report From Health Plans

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The group that represents Ohio’s Medicaid health plans says their managed care process is saving the state about $2.2 billion a year. But critics say there are several improvements that can still be made. Miranda Motter, president/CEO of the Ohio Association of Health Plans, says the report outlines how the private health plans provide accountability, quality care and… Read More

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