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Lawmakers Get Two Sets Of Forecasts To Start Budget Process

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On the first day of hearings on Gov. Mike DeWine’s $69 billion operating budget, lawmakers are hearing about two sets of economic forecasts. And they’ll have to decide which estimates they’ll go with. “Conservative” is the word heard over and over when it comes to this budget. Some Republican and Democratic lawmakers have questioned how DeWine… Read More

DeWine’s Budget Doesn’t Bet On Money From Sports Gambling

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll pay for the spending in his $69 billion dollar budget with economic growth – not new taxes or fees. And he’s also not counting on a source of revenue several lawmakers have been hoping to secure since a big U.S. Supreme Court decision last year. DeWine said the budget isn’t… Read More

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West Virginia Lawmakers OK Budget Taking $23M From Reserve Funds

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West Virginia lawmakers have cleared a budget that relies on almost $23 million in reserves. The Republican-led Legislature voted Wednesday on the House-Senate budget agreement. Some votes crossed party lines. The plan wouldn’t depend on major tax or fee increases, like the cigarette tax hike that fizzled during the 60-day legislative session. In a difficult… Read More

$7 Billion Budget Adjusts Ohio Driver Training, Credit Card Options

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Prospective Ohio drivers would see added training requirements and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles would be allowed to accept credit and debit cards under a state transportation budget that easily cleared the Ohio House on Tuesday. The $7 billion, two-year spending blueprint lays out priorities for Ohio highway, road, bridge and public safety priorities over… Read More