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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Expanding To New Areas Of The State

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A dozen medical marijuana dispensaries have been given certificates of operation. Dispensaries in Northeast and Eastern Ohio have been open for a few weeks. But there haven’t been any in central Ohio, until earlier today. The chilly weather didn’t keep Columbus resident Michael Doctor from standing in line at the opening of the Columbus Terrasona dispensary…. Read More

Senator Proposes Prepaid Gas Taxes As Way To Avoid Increase

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Senators have said they’re going to change the 10.7 cent gas tax increase that the House passed in the transportation budget. Gov. Mike DeWine says that’s too low, and the state needs an 18 cent hike. But one Republican senator has an idea that he says would eliminate the need for a tax increase. Sen…. Read More

Ohio Budget Includes Funds for Narcotics Intelligence Center

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget plan includes funding to set up a state narcotics intelligence center to combat the opioid epidemic. The new center, which would consist of units in Cleveland and Columbus, would be an unprecedented statewide effort to collect and analyze data from the state’s 40-plus police drug task… Read More

DeWine Confident In Economic Forecasts Behind His Budget

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Gov. Mike DeWine is standing behind the numbers used to create his budget, as Republican House Speaker Larry Householder suggests he’s leaning toward more conservative numbers from the legislature’s economic analysts. Researchers for the Legislative Budget Office or LBO say they think the state will have half a billion dollars less in tax revenue for… Read More

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

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