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8:12 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Most School Tax Issues Defeated This Week in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - This week's special election was one of the toughest in years for Ohio school districts.

The Ohio School Boards Association says voters approved just six of the 23 school tax requests on the ballot around the state on Tuesday. That works out to a passage rate of 26 percent, the lowest in an August election since the 14 percent approved in 2007.

Politics, Statewide News
7:11 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Medical Marijuana Petition Failure

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state attorney general says a group that wants to legalize medical marijuana has failed to submit enough petition signatures in its initial effort to put the issue before voters. At least 1,000 valid signatures were required before the group could proceed. Attorney General Mike DeWine says only 534 signatures were valid.

Statewide News
7:07 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Board decides ballot language of SB5 referendum

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio voters opposed to a new collective bargaining law that limits public employee unions will get to vote "no" at the ballot box this fall, following a decision Wednesday by the state Ballot Board.

 The decision followed hours of negotiation by Secretary of State Jon Husted, the board's Republican chairman. It echoes years of Ohio ballot tradition, but also counts as a victory for the law's opponents. Voters against or confused by an issue tend to vote against it.

Statewide News
5:11 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

State Chamber Of Commerce Supports Collective Bargaining Law In Ballot Fight

 COLUMBUS, Ohio  - The Ohio Chamber of Commerce has pledged to put money and the clout of its 6,000 business members behind the state's new collective bargaining law.

The board of the state's largest business advocacy group agreed today to help defend the law against a repeal effort on the November ballot. The board members did not decide how much money to spend on the campaign.

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Politics
12:19 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Ohio to End Automatic Tax Form Mailing

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio will stop mailing state tax forms and instruction booklets in a change expected to save $1.2 million.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the paperwork won't be delivered to taxpayers' mailboxes starting next year. The Ohio Department of Taxation was already only sending forms to those who filed their taxes by mail the year before.

Taxpayers who mailed in their 2010 returns will receive postcards with their options for obtaining booklets and forms.

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