Democrats in the Ohio House say they plan to push for more oversight of the state's new private job creation entity, JobsOhio. They also want to put any unanticipated new state money into a fund that cities and townships can use to return police officers or firefighters to the job. Local governments' funding took a hit in the latest state budget.
Minority Leader Armond Budish on Tuesday laid out the 2012 legislative priorities for his caucus. Other proposals included increased reporting requirements for private, for-profit charter schools regarding their use of public money.
A state legislative panel has signed off contracts related to empowering the state's new private job-creation partnership, JobsOhio.
Last week, Gov. John Kasich announced an agreement between the state budget and commerce departments to transfer the state liquor business to JobsOhio for the next 25 years. The deal is worth $1.4 billion.
As part of the plan, the state Controlling Board on Monday approved a contract to allow the state Commerce Department to continue to distribute and sell liquor in Ohio.
Catholic leaders in Ohio are joining the chorus of church officials urging parishioners to protest and pray about the federal government's decision to require many church-affiliated institutions to cover free birth control for employees.
Bishops in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo shared their opposition in letters distributed or read to parishioners this weekend, saying the decision runs counter to their beliefs.