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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

W.Va. Gov Orders Crews to Prioritize Secondary Road Projects

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered highway crews to compile a list of secondary road projects in their counties. Speaking to Division of Highways district engineers and county supervisors Tuesday in Charleston, the Republican governor gave them a three-day deadline to come up with a list of problem roads, then… 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

Hundreds Attend First Education Forum Before Special Session

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ONA, W.Va. (AP) – Hundreds of West Virginia residents attended the state’s first public hearing to prepare for an upcoming special legislative session to address education issues. Parents, educators and the public attended the forum Monday at Cabell Midland High School in Ona where they were divided into groups to participate in small round-table discussions…. 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

Agency Designed by Kasich to Cut Red Tape Now Backlogged

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio state agency designed by then-Gov. John Kasich’s administration to cut through state bureaucracy is now itself backlogged. The Common Sense Initiative was formed in 2011 by Kasich’s administration to help make Ohio business-friendly. The agency’s backlog totaled 1,233 business regulation rules for review – hundreds of which had not… Read More