Governor John Kasich has signed an executive order he says will help farmers affected financially by Ohio's recent drought conditions.
The order signed Wednesday instructs state agencies to help farmers seeking federal assistance on loans. That includes emergency low-interest loans for crop losses, relief payments for non-insurable losses and temporary deferral payments on federal loans.
The order also gives farmers permission to cut hay for livestock from land set aside for conservation.
Legislative analysts say Ohio could replace all the property tax money that's going to school districts through a hike in the state sales tax.
But to raise the more than $9.9 billion that's needed, policymakers would need to more than double the sales tax rate - from 5.5 cents on the dollar to 13.2 cents. That's in part because the higher the tax goes the less consumers like to spend.
The Ohio Legislative Service Commission provided the estimate Wednesday to an Ohio House subcommittee that's studying school funding ideas.
A decision by Ohio Governor John Kasich to change the way doctors can bill Medicaid for a painkiller addition treatment may make it easier to obtain in the long run. The administration says the change could ultimately affect far more patients than a $1 million pilot program for ex-offenders vetoed by the governor last month.
Under the new change taking effect in October, pharmacies can bill Medicaid directly for Vivitrol and have the drug delivered to a doctor's office without an upfront payment.
Majority Republicans in the Ohio House were ready to vote on a bill that would have repealed the controversial election law, but at the last minute, that repeal legislation was pulled from consideration.