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Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Ohio University Delays Personnel-Related Budget Cuts During Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has paused personnel-related budget reductions in response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. According to a release, the university on Wednesday requested the action be taken for an undetermined amount of time. “Our current focus must be on the safety and well-being of our campus communities as we continue to ensure… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily press conference on coronavirus on March 22, 2020.

DeWine Orders Cuts in State Spending in Advance of Hit from Coronavirus

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The number of deaths from COVID-19 doubled from yesterday – going from three deaths announced Sunday to six today. And Gov. Mike DeWine has issued several orders to state government as it fights coronavirus, saying that he expects state revenues to go to go down dramatically. DeWine said he’s ordering an immediate hiring freeze in… Read More

The Statehouse building

Cities and Counties Have Given the State Their “Wish Lists” for Capital Budget

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The deadline has passed for communities throughout the state to submit their requests for Ohio’s capital budget, which is expected sometime near the end of March when Gov. Mike DeWine will deliver his State of the State speech. Here are some of the items being requested by cities and counties. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder says he expects the state… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Governor Vetoes Tax Break For Wealthy Taxpayers Added Late To Budget

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One of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 25 vetoes on the state budget struck a provision that was added at the last minute – a property tax reduction for certain homeowners in one wealthy school district, but not others. Hunting Valley is a village of 700 people just east of the outerbelt around Cleveland. It’s one of the wealthiest communities… Read More

Lawmakers Send Belated State Budget to Governor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio would cut personal income taxes by 4%, raise the age for buying tobacco to 21 and direct $550 million for educational wraparound services such as mental health counseling under the two-year state budget that lawmakers belatedly sent Wednesday to the governor. The Republican-led Legislature passed a $69 billion spending plan… Read More

The Ohio House in voting session

Lawmakers to Vote on Belated State Budget as Deadline Looms

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio lawmakers are expected to vote on a proposed two-year state budget Wednesday, hours before the extended deadline to pass the $69 billion spending plan. The latest version , approved Tuesday by a conference committee, includes a 4% personal income tax cut and $550 million for educational wraparound services such as… Read More

Still No Budget With Two Days Left Til 17-Day Extension Expires

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Budget talks between leaders of the House and Senate are being described as very positive with solid progress moving forward, but a deadline is coming Wednesday. Two sticking points appear to be the House’s drop in the income tax deduction many small businesses can take, and the Senate’s increase of the House’s income tax cuts. Sen. Dave Burke… Read More

Democrats Question Time Spent On Abortion Bills Instead Of Budget

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Ohio is operating on a budget extension since lawmakers failed to pass a new two-year state budget by the constitutionally mandated June 30th deadline. Some Democrats are whether time that was spent on a controversial abortion law recently put on hold by a federal court could have been used better hammering out details of the state budget…. Read More