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Andrew J. Tobias

Andrew Tobias is an Ohio government/politics reporter for Cox Media Ohio’s Columbus bureau. He is a life-long Ohio resident and a Cleveland sports fan. He graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. He has won eight Associated Press Society of Ohio awards. 

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Value of ‘green’ boom unknown
 Ohio has spent more than $100 million since 2007 to require that nearly all state-funded school construction projects be built to a widely used “green” standard. Critics, though, question whether that investment will pay off in significant energy savings. The state today has more than 300 schools certified or registered with LEED...

4:05 AM Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013

Ohio has spent more than $100 million since 2007 to require that nearly all state-funded school construction projects be built to a widely used “green” standard. Critics, though, question whether that investment will pay off in significant energy savings. The state today has more than 300 schools certified or registered with LEED...
Ohio voters may decide fate of Medicaid expansion

9:21 PM Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

Hedging for the possibility that reluctant Republican state legislators won’t expand Medicaid in Ohio, a coalition of advocates have begun collecting signatures to allow them to bring the issue directly to voters. A coalition including hospitals, insurers, unions, business groups and religious organizations has begun circulating a proposal...
Ohio sales tax hike takes effect Sept. 1
 If you’re planning a Labor Day weekend shopping spree on expensive items, you might want to make sure to get it done this Saturday. That’s because a statewide 0.25 percentage point sales tax hike will take effect on Sunday, Sept. 1. Under the change, a $30,000 car will cost an extra $75 on Sept. 1 than it will the day before....

8:08 PM Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

If you’re planning a Labor Day weekend shopping spree on expensive items, you might want to make sure to get it done this Saturday. That’s because a statewide 0.25 percentage point sales tax hike will take effect on Sunday, Sept. 1. Under the change, a $30,000 car will cost an extra $75 on Sept. 1 than it will the day before....
Bill would reverse tuition discount for undocumented students in Ohio
 A pair of Republican lawmakers want to reverse a recent decision that allows qualified undocumented immigrants in Ohio to receive discounted in-state tuition rates at public state colleges and universities. Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey, citing legal advice from Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine, announced last month Ohio...

4:05 AM Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

A pair of Republican lawmakers want to reverse a recent decision that allows qualified undocumented immigrants in Ohio to receive discounted in-state tuition rates at public state colleges and universities. Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey, citing legal advice from Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine, announced last month Ohio...
State Supreme Court sets date for JobsOhio lawsuit

4:05 AM Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

A court date for a lawsuit contesting JobsOhio’s legality has been set. The Ohio Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Nov. 6 for an appeal filed by liberal advocacy group ProgressOhio, Ohio Sen. Mike Skindell, D-Lakewood, and former Democratic Rep. Dennis Murray, according to a Thursday court filing. JobsOhio is a privatized economic...
Dayton racino hits construction setback

4:03 AM Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Construction of a planned Dayton racino is running into problems, but the delays aren’t yet expected to delay the project’s target completion date of summer 2014, company officials told a state commission on Thursday. Workers are taking longer than expected to demolish and clean up concrete slabs in an old press pit at the Dayton...
Dayton racino hits construction setback

8:14 PM Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Construction at the Dayton racino has run into some construction problems that are causing delays and budget overruns, Penn National gaming officials told the Ohio State Racing Commission Thursday. Representatives from Penn update were updating the commission on the progress of their two racinos (one in Dayton, one in the Youngstown area)...
Ohio could become latest state to let voters register online
 Ohio would become the latest state to join a nationwide trend by allowing online voter registration, if lawmakers pass a recently-introduced bill. Senate Bill 175, introduced last week by Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Copley, would allow Ohioans to register to vote online, provided they have a drivers license or state identification card. The system...

3:26 AM Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

Ohio would become the latest state to join a nationwide trend by allowing online voter registration, if lawmakers pass a recently-introduced bill. Senate Bill 175, introduced last week by Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Copley, would allow Ohioans to register to vote online, provided they have a drivers license or state identification card. The system...
Study: Ohio could save on Medicaid expansion

2:55 AM Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

Expanding Medicaid to provide government health care to an additional 275,000 poor Ohioans in the long run still could be cheaper than doing nothing at all, according to a new study presented to lawmakers Tuesday. In testimony to the Senate Medicaid Finance Committee, researchers from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio and Ohio State University...
Medical marijuana legalization effort hits snag in Ohio

3:26 AM Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013

Members of Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis are headed back to the drawing board after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Monday rejected the group’s preliminary application to ask voters to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio. DeWine said the summary of the End Ohio Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012, submitted to the Ohio Attorney...
Healthcare groups spent big on lawmakers

4:05 AM Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013

Health care organizations have given generously to Ohio lawmakers as the General Assembly weighs whether to accept billions of federal dollars to pay for expanded Medicaid eligibility in Ohio. In total, organizations representing health care professionals, hospitals, nursing homes, medical service providers and pharmaceutical companies donated...