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5:17 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Kasich Releases State Capital Budget

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On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich released a nearly $2.4 billion state construction budget. Included in the budget: funding for a host of community, school, park and prison projects. Quick action is expected on the budget bill put out by Kasich and state legislative leaders.

The bill directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools and $450 million toward public colleges and universities for repairs, renovations and new buildings.

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7:13 am
Wed March 19, 2014

ODOT: This Winter Is 'Record Smashing'

Credit Brian Bull, WCPN

Polar vortexes, lengthy cold snaps, blasting windchills…essentially it’s been a winter wonderland turned arctic nightmare for many in Ohio, especially motorists.

ODOT spokesman Steve Faulkner says he’s been tracking his department’s efforts to keep highways and streets clear and safe since the first snow event in mid-October.  Flash-forward to late March, and what do state road crews have to show for it?

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7:04 am
Tue March 18, 2014

State Makes Changes to Local Jail Standards

The rules on meals, showers and other issues in local jails may soon be changing. The state prisons department says the new rules will give local law enforcement more flexibility.

A legislative agency has allowed the state whittle down the amount of standards for local jails.

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6:29 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Ohio Gov. Kasich Proposes Midterm Budget

Credit Office of Governor John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich's midterm budget was released today.  Among the key proposals –

The Governor is calling for an 8.5 percent income tax cut for Ohioans - to bring the top rate to 4.66 percent by 2016. Kasich also proposed an increase in cigarette taxes - to $1.85 a pack. Similar increases would apply to other tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

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5:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Ohio Lawmakers Seek Healthcare Tax Credit Extension For Autoworkers

Congressman Mike Turner at Delphi Hearing in 2013
Credit WYSO

Ohio’s congressional delegation is calling on Congress to reinstate a tax credit for health care they say helped former auto workers. The Health Coverage Tax Credit, which expired in January, covered a large part of health premiums for people who’ve lost their jobs or seen changes in their retirement benefits—

Many former employees of the Delphi auto plant depended on the credit. It was another blow for thousands of Delphi retirees, including about 2 thousand in Dayton, who saw their pensions drastically reduced after Delphi’s 2009 bankruptcy. 

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