Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Jack Shaner, a lobbyist for the Ohio Environmental Council. Shaner talks about Gov. John Kasich's new energy plan and insists that Ohio's "fracking" regulations are woefully weak.
Small business owners are salivating at the prospect Ohio might raise up to $1 billion over five years by hiking taxes on natural gas liquids drillers and using the revenue to pay for a general income tax cut.
Ohio's public colleges and universities have presented the state with a $350 million proposal for construction projects, representing the top priorities for the institutions as determined by a higher education committee.
For this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks with Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen, who covered the Governor's State of the State speech this week. Cohen reports that while Kasich reiterated themes regarding jobs coming back to Ohio and moving forward on fracking, little new was introduced. He adds that reaction from lawmakers was, as expected, split among party lines and the speech did draw some national attention and criticism from liberal organizations.