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Ohio lawmakers to vote on gas tax increase this afternoon
 Ohio lawmakers are pumping the brakes on Gov. Mike DeWine’s request for an 18-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike — just after the governor made a plea for the funding during his State of the State address. The Ohio House is set to vote on the gas tax and the full transportation budget this afternoon. DeWine said on Wednesday that he&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

Ohio lawmakers are pumping the brakes on Gov. Mike DeWine’s request for an 18-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike — just after the governor made a plea for the funding during his State of the State address. The Ohio House is set to vote on the gas tax and the full transportation budget this afternoon. DeWine said on Wednesday that he&rsquo...
DeWine pushes for gas tax, water safety, fighting infant deaths
 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday used his first State of the State address to make an aggressive push for fixing roads and bridges, investing in children and families and building up public health programs to help those in need. He said he wants to establish the H2-Ohio Fund to pay for protections for local water systems and Lake Erie and...

Posted: 16 days ago

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday used his first State of the State address to make an aggressive push for fixing roads and bridges, investing in children and families and building up public health programs to help those in need. He said he wants to establish the H2-Ohio Fund to pay for protections for local water systems and Lake Erie and...
Gov. DeWine to outline state budget plan, goals during State of the State
 Gov. Mike DeWine will deliver his first State of the State address Tuesday afternoon, likely outlining his upcoming budget and detailing his vision for Ohio’s future. The speech will focus on familiar topics: early childhood development, public health issues, the opioid addiction crisis, protecting Lake Erie and more, DeWine said. Ohio...

Posted: 17 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine will deliver his first State of the State address Tuesday afternoon, likely outlining his upcoming budget and detailing his vision for Ohio’s future. The speech will focus on familiar topics: early childhood development, public health issues, the opioid addiction crisis, protecting Lake Erie and more, DeWine said. Ohio...
New report shows nearly 685k Ohioans have concealed weapons permits
 A new report shows that 684,938 Ohioans — nearly 8 percent of adults over age 20 — hold permits to carry concealed weapons. Over the past five years, county sheriffs issued 394,264 new licenses to carry concealed weapons and renewed 290,674. The licenses are good for five years before they must be renewed. Last year, 168,302 Ohioans...

Posted: 20 days ago

A new report shows that 684,938 Ohioans — nearly 8 percent of adults over age 20 — hold permits to carry concealed weapons. Over the past five years, county sheriffs issued 394,264 new licenses to carry concealed weapons and renewed 290,674. The licenses are good for five years before they must be renewed. Last year, 168,302 Ohioans...
Ohio offering tattoo removal grants for victims of sex trafficking
 Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is releasing grant money to help victims of human trafficking get their tattoos or brand markings removed. “The journey of a survivor out of slavery and addiction and trauma is hard enough without a permanent reminder that literally is part of your skin,” Yost said in a written statement Thursday...

Posted: 20 days ago

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is releasing grant money to help victims of human trafficking get their tattoos or brand markings removed. “The journey of a survivor out of slavery and addiction and trauma is hard enough without a permanent reminder that literally is part of your skin,” Yost said in a written statement Thursday...
Ohio House Speaker open to idea of more revenue for roads
 Ohio’s House speaker has indicated he’s open to the idea of more revenue for road and bridge maintenance although he hasn’t committed to any changes the House might make in the governor’s proposal for increasing Ohio’s gas tax to raise that revenue. Republican Speaker Larry Householder says a safe, well-maintained...

Posted: 21 days ago

Ohio’s House speaker has indicated he’s open to the idea of more revenue for road and bridge maintenance although he hasn’t committed to any changes the House might make in the governor’s proposal for increasing Ohio’s gas tax to raise that revenue. Republican Speaker Larry Householder says a safe, well-maintained...
Ohio may pair income tax cut with gas tax increase, Senate leader says
 Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof said he would likely support off setting higher gas taxes Ohioans would pay at the pump with an income tax cut. “I think we should do an income tax cut anyway but I absolutely would support doing an off set,” Obhof, R-Medina said. The DeWine administration proposed increasing the state gas tax...

Posted: 23 days ago

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof said he would likely support off setting higher gas taxes Ohioans would pay at the pump with an income tax cut. “I think we should do an income tax cut anyway but I absolutely would support doing an off set,” Obhof, R-Medina said. The DeWine administration proposed increasing the state gas tax...
Once homeless, doctor now to lead Ohio Health Department
 Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday named Dr. Amy Acton as his pick to run the Ohio Department of Health — his last cabinet nomination — and he promised to elevate the profile of the 1,100-employee agency. Acton is a Youngstown native who once lived in a tent in the middle of winter when her family was homeless. Acton earned her medical...

Posted: 23 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday named Dr. Amy Acton as his pick to run the Ohio Department of Health — his last cabinet nomination — and he promised to elevate the profile of the 1,100-employee agency. Acton is a Youngstown native who once lived in a tent in the middle of winter when her family was homeless. Acton earned her medical...
Cash bail unfair and unproductive, local reform advocates say
 Detaining people in jail for low-level, non-violent charges because they cannot pay bond raises constitutional questions and unintended consequences, local and state proponents of bail reform say. “There are numerous people who have ended up taking a plea to get, basically, out of jail or people who … just sit on misdemeanor...

Posted: 23 days ago

Detaining people in jail for low-level, non-violent charges because they cannot pay bond raises constitutional questions and unintended consequences, local and state proponents of bail reform say. “There are numerous people who have ended up taking a plea to get, basically, out of jail or people who … just sit on misdemeanor...
ODOT wants OK to change highway speed limits depending on weather, traffic
 The Ohio Department of Transportation has the authority to impose variable speed limits on a handful of interstate stretches, based on road conditions, but now it wants permission to change speed limits anytime statewide. For example, ODOT can drop the speed limit during snow storms that hit I-90 east of Cleveland or when traffic is heavy...

8:18 PM Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

The Ohio Department of Transportation has the authority to impose variable speed limits on a handful of interstate stretches, based on road conditions, but now it wants permission to change speed limits anytime statewide. For example, ODOT can drop the speed limit during snow storms that hit I-90 east of Cleveland or when traffic is heavy...
New details: Ohio’s gas tax increase would start July 1 if approved
 Gov. Mike DeWine is asking lawmakers to increase the Ohio’s gas tax as early as July 1 and allow for it to change each year based on inflation. DeWine’s request for an 18-cent-per-gallon increase would put Ohio’s gas tax at 46 cents per gallon. However, it could increase to 54 cents per gallon by 2030 if it follows the recent...

2:10 PM Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking lawmakers to increase the Ohio’s gas tax as early as July 1 and allow for it to change each year based on inflation. DeWine’s request for an 18-cent-per-gallon increase would put Ohio’s gas tax at 46 cents per gallon. However, it could increase to 54 cents per gallon by 2030 if it follows the recent...
What people are saying about raising Ohio’s gas tax
 Gov. Mike DeWine will ask lawmakers today to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year to fix the state’s roads and bridges. People are split on the issue. Many say they don’t want any new taxes and the state...

2:05 PM Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine will ask lawmakers today to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year to fix the state’s roads and bridges. People are split on the issue. Many say they don’t want any new taxes and the state...
Local drivers react negatively to Gov. DeWine’s proposed gas tax increase
 Drivers in the Miami Valley want to see improvements in local roads, but don’t believe the 18-cent increase to Ohio’s gas tax proposed by Governor Mike DeWine is the way to do it. DeWine is asking lawmakers to approve a 18-cent increase in Ohio’s 28-cents-per-gallon gas tax to raise an additional $1.2-billion a year for...

4:32 AM Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

Drivers in the Miami Valley want to see improvements in local roads, but don’t believe the 18-cent increase to Ohio’s gas tax proposed by Governor Mike DeWine is the way to do it. DeWine is asking lawmakers to approve a 18-cent increase in Ohio’s 28-cents-per-gallon gas tax to raise an additional $1.2-billion a year for...
Gov. DeWine to ask for 18-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase
 Gov. Mike DeWine says he will ask lawmakers to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year. Further details are expected to be released during a 9 a.m. meeting of the House Finance Committee. The transportation budget bill...

8:36 PM Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine says he will ask lawmakers to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year. Further details are expected to be released during a 9 a.m. meeting of the House Finance Committee. The transportation budget bill...
Ohio AG says state owed $15.8M from pharmacy benefit manager
 The Ohio Attorney General is arguing the state is owed $15.8 million from a company that manages pharmacy benefits for Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation — an accusation that the company says is “without merit.” The allegation comes amid growing tensions between Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration and pharmacy...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

The Ohio Attorney General is arguing the state is owed $15.8 million from a company that manages pharmacy benefits for Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation — an accusation that the company says is “without merit.” The allegation comes amid growing tensions between Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration and pharmacy...
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stops executions, wants new protocol
 Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge has found it to be cruel and unusual punishment.&rdquo...

9:21 PM Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge has found it to be cruel and unusual punishment.&rdquo...
Gov. DeWine to ask for gas tax increase, will detail plan Thursday
 Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will ask lawmakers this week to increase the state gas tax to help fund $1.5 billion in construction, maintenance and safety projects on Ohio roads and bridges. He declined to say exactly how much of an increase he will seek, saying that announcement will come Thursday when he unveils his two-year transportation...

8:32 PM Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will ask lawmakers this week to increase the state gas tax to help fund $1.5 billion in construction, maintenance and safety projects on Ohio roads and bridges. He declined to say exactly how much of an increase he will seek, saying that announcement will come Thursday when he unveils his two-year transportation...
Ohio chief justice wants major changes to state’s bail, criminal justice system
 Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who forcefully campaigned against Issue 1 last fall, is calling for major changes to the state criminal justice system that she says will be a better deal for taxpayers and help those caught up in addiction. O’Connor, a Republican, said on Tuesday that she wants Ohio to expand...

7:55 PM Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who forcefully campaigned against Issue 1 last fall, is calling for major changes to the state criminal justice system that she says will be a better deal for taxpayers and help those caught up in addiction. O’Connor, a Republican, said on Tuesday that she wants Ohio to expand...
Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp
 A Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp. Hemp looks like marijuana, but hemp is much more versatile in its many uses. This is why state Sen. Steve Huffman of Tipp City said he’s introducing a bill to make it legal to grow here. Huffman sponsored Ohio’s medical marijuana law. With this bill...

10:18 PM Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

A Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp. Hemp looks like marijuana, but hemp is much more versatile in its many uses. This is why state Sen. Steve Huffman of Tipp City said he’s introducing a bill to make it legal to grow here. Huffman sponsored Ohio’s medical marijuana law. With this bill...
Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef to lead JobsOhio
 Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...

9:46 PM Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...
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