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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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Politics
7:04 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Ohio Attorney General Certifies Petition In Voter-Access Effort

An Ohio group has been cleared to continue its effort to guarantee what it calls certain voter protections in the state constitution.

Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition Monday for the proposed "Ohio Voters Bill of Rights."

The supporters changed their summary of the proposal after DeWine initially rejected their petition, saying it was not a fair and truthful statement of the amendment.

Backers added two sentences describing federal law to the summary.

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Statewide News
8:04 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Patrol: 273 Citations Given Under Ohio Texting Ban

The State Highway Patrol says more than 270 citations have been given to drivers for texting or using a cellphone behind the wheel in violation of Ohio law since the statewide texting ban took effect about a year ago.

Texting while driving is a secondary offense for those 18 and older. That means an officer has to stop a driver for another offense first, such as speeding.

Younger drivers are prohibited from texting or using cellphones or other hand-held devices and it's a primary offense. 

Politics
7:35 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Schwarzenegger Backs Ohio City For GOP Convention

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger is supporting the bid from Columbus to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Credit Bob Doran / Wikimedia Commons

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is putting his muscle behind a bid by Ohio's capital to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Columbus leaders incorporated a letter of endorsement from the champion bodybuilder, movie star and Republican politician into their bid presentation Monday in Washington, D.C.

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Statewide News
7:04 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Ohio Communities Awaiting Payments From Racinos

Redevelopment of the fairgrounds in one southwestern Ohio county is on hold as state officials figure out the details of distributing $12 million in payments to communities affected by the legalization of racinos.

Lebanon in Warren County, north of Cincinnati, is the first of four communities around Ohio eligible for up to $3 million from a fund set up as part of the 2011 law that allowed racetrack owners to add electronic slot machines.

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