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Cupp, Patterson Take School Funding Formula Proposal On Ohio Road Trip

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Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) are traveling around the state to present their new school funding formula proposal to different teachers and school administrators around Ohio. The lawmakers say their formula ends up accurately reflecting how much state money each school district needs. Jim Rowan, executive director of the Ohio Association… Read More

Senate Transportation Budget Revision Doesn’t Change Gas Tax Hike — Yet

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Republican Senate leaders released their version of the transportation budget bill, making dozens of changes to what the House passed in HB62, however the gas tax increase went untouched. Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) says it’s very likely that will change. The House passed a 10.7-cent increase to the gas tax over the next two years. That means a… Read More

House Dems Push Their Priorities As Budget Talks Begin

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As the Ohio House prepares to hold hearings on Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed operating budget, Democratic members want to make sure their priorities are considered. Issues including a higher minimum wage, paid family leave, and health care security are all part of what the Dems call the “Ohio Promise” plan. Democrats say Ohio has the promise of rewarding hard… Read More

Lawmakers Call For LGBTQ Protections In Ohio’s Anti-Discrimination Policy

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A group of Ohio legislators are trying to add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression into the state’s anti-discrimination law. The bill known as the “Ohio Fairness Act” would make those additions a protected class in employment, housing and other public accommodations. Right now, a person in Ohio could be fired from their job,… Read More

DeWine Calls For 30 New Drug Courts In Ohio

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Gov. Mike DeWine will propose the creation of 30 new specialty dockets, known as drug courts, as part of his budget expected to be officially released Friday. The move is one of DeWine’s first major announcements when it comes to fighting the opioid crisis. DeWine wants the state to spend $7.5 million over the next… Read More

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