Senator Chris Widener http://wyso.org en Many Ideas, Little Agreement On How To Spend Medicaid Expansion Savings http://wyso.org/post/many-ideas-little-agreement-how-spend-medicaid-expansion-savings <p>Federally-funded Medicaid expansion is projected to save the state over $400 million. Now, lawmakers and other groups are pitching their ideas for how to use that money. There's not a lot of agreement on what to do with the savings. Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles about the different options on the table.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:20:04 +0000 Emily McCord 42133 at http://wyso.org Many Ideas, Little Agreement On How To Spend Medicaid Expansion Savings Widener Introduces Bill to Give Medicaid Expansion Savings to Taxpayers http://wyso.org/post/widener-introduces-bill-give-medicaid-expansion-savings-taxpayers <p>One of the Republican Senators who voted to allow the state to accept two and a half billion federal dollars for Medicaid expansion has introduced a bill to give Ohioans a tax break. The legislation is designed to capture savings in state government and give that money back to Ohio taxpayers.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Jo Ingles (Ohio Public Radio) 41018 at http://wyso.org Ribbon Cutting Held for Springfield's Global Impact Stem Academy http://wyso.org/post/ribbon-cutting-held-springfields-global-impact-stem-academy <p>Several dignitaries including State Senator Chris Widener and Mayor Warren Copeland gathered on the campus of Clark State University Monday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony.&nbsp; The event formally opened Springfield's Global Impact STEM Academy.<br><br>Widener called the academy the first of it's kind in the nation that will allow students to study while also gaining hands on experience in the agricultural bio-sciences field. After thanking Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin for helping provide a temporary location for the school, but Widener also talked about a permanent future site. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:25:39 +0000 Wayne Baker 38005 at http://wyso.org Ribbon Cutting Held for Springfield's Global Impact Stem Academy Questions Surround Senator's Role In Possible Ethics Violations http://wyso.org/post/questions-surround-senators-role-possible-ethics-violations <p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:31:28 +0000 Wayne Baker 32641 at http://wyso.org Ohio Senator's Ties to Nonprofit Questioned http://wyso.org/post/ohio-senators-ties-nonprofit-questioned <p>A newspaper investigation has found a western Ohio state senator authored a 2009 budget amendment that financially benefited an agricultural nonprofit he co-founded and financially backed.</p><p>The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Senate Finance Chairman Chris Widener's ties to the Ohio Equine and Agricultural Association Tuesday. The nonprofit was launched to build a livestock exposition center in Clark County, a project Widener's architecture firm designed and managed.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:35:00 +0000 Associated Press 26604 at http://wyso.org