In this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks with the Dayton Daily News' Ellen Belcher to discuss how Kasich's deal with casino operators brings the potential for video lottery terminals to Dayton but critics from the left and the right are coming out against it. Belcher explains why and what the future holds for the games in the state.
In this archived edition of the Best of the Book Nook we reprise an interview that was recorded earlier this year. At the time that this recording was made Téa Obreht was preparing for her first book tour. Her debut novel, "The Tiger's Wife" was one of the most anticipated novels of 2011. The book wasn't out yet and this young writer was eager to embark on this grand adventure.
Ohio's budget director Tim Keen told a budget compromise committee Wednesday that tax revenues were up $1 billion over estimates for the fiscal year that ends this month and $421 million for the next two-year budget cycle. The current-year boost comes from stronger income tax filings, as the state looks to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Ohio will get an additional $110-million thanks to a deal reached between Governor John Kasich and casino operator Rock Ohio Caesars. In exchange ROC will only pay Ohio's commercial activity tax on what people wager, minus winnings. Rock CEO Dan Gilbert calls the deal fair and reliable.
Gilbert says the size and scope of the Cincinnati casino isn't changing. He expects to open in spring 2013. Governor Kasich says Ohio needed a comprehensive gaming plan.
State parks and other lands in Ohio will be opened to oil and gas drilling under a bill that has passed the state Senate on Wednesday.
The Senate voted 22-10 on the legislation that sets up a commission to oversee oil and gas leasing. It also requires state agencies to create property inventories that could yield potential drilling sites.
The House has passed the bill, but would have to agree to the Senate's changes before it could go to the governor's desk.