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State Task Force Meets To Discuss College Affordability

Jul 22, 2015
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Earlier this year, Gov. John Kasich asked a nine-member task force to figure out how to make higher education more affordable. The group met at Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College on Tuesday.

In the scheme of the state’s more than $1 billion higher education budget, a $40 FedEx shipping fee may not seem like much.

But over time, those fees can add up. In fact, the task force found that 18 of the state’s campuses collectively spend $1.7 million in overnight shipping costs every year.

Ohio Gov. Kasich Is 16th Notable Entry Into GOP Race

Jul 21, 2015
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Governor John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race.
 
The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: "The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again."
 
He's the 16th notable Republican to join the bustling contest for the nomination.
 
Kasich says that despite all the competitors, he's the only one with experience in three broad areas of political leadership - the federal budget, national security and state government.
 

Portman Praises, But Won't Endorse, A Kasich Presidential Run

Jul 20, 2015
StatehouseNews

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says everything about Gov. John Kasich as a presidential candidate is compelling. But he’s still not endorsing his fellow Ohio Republican.

Kasich is expected to make his presidential run official Tuesday at a rally at Ohio State University. And Rob Portman spent close to three minutes on a conference call with reporters extolling all the reasons Kasich will make a great candidate. But Portman says he has his own 2016 senatorial campaign to worry about. 

Governor Explains Plan For New Buckeye Lake Dam

Jul 17, 2015
Buckeye Lake in central Ohio
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The future of Buckeye Lake in central Ohio is a little clearer after the governor announced some more details for the new dam.

Gov. John Kasich says the state has picked a design to replace the old, weakening dam at the lake. The project was originally set at around $150 million and expected to take about five years. And while Kasich said the method they plan to use, known as soil mixing, would save time and money, he didn’t want to get into the specifics.

Kasich's Police Standards Advisory Board Meets

Jul 9, 2015
The group is crafting a set of deadly-force standards for police across the state to use.
ohio.gov

An advisory board charged with drafting statewide uniform standards for police use of deadly force met for the first time Wednesday. Gov. John Kasich created the board after a series of fatal police shootings. The group released a report earlier this year. 

Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by police in Cleveland, and 22-year-old John Crawford died when he was shot by police in a Beavercreek Wal-Mart. Currently, Ohio has no uniform deadly-force standards, but it will by early September. 

Local Elected Officials Want More Control Of Oil And Gas Industry

Jul 9, 2015

As Ohio’s oil and gas industry has grown, the legislature has consolidated oversight power with the state. More than 100 elected officials from around Ohio asked Gov. John Kasich to help restore more local control through a letter.

A state senator from Akron, and council members from Cuyahoga County and Cleveland, are among the many Northeast Ohio officials who signed onto the letter organized by the national advocacy group Environment America.

Gov. John Kasich vetoed 44 items in the new state budget, and one of them related to the sometimes difficult online tests that taxpayers getting refunds had to fill out to prove their identities.

The tax department and legislators got thousands of complaints that the online identity tests were asking for old information that was hard to recall – such as past addresses and details about now-adult children. So lawmakers proposed the required information be no more than five years old.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

Abortion clinics in Dayton and Toledo might be forced to close by tightening state regulations. New provisions in the governor’s budget signed into law Tuesday evening could make it harder for abortion providers to stay open.

Ohio Dumps PARCC Exam For Next Year

Jul 1, 2015
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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The Ohio Department of Education has selected a new standardized test for next year to replace the exam known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is the exam tied to the Common Core standards, and it was first put into use in Ohio during the 2014-2015 school year. Lawmakers included wording in the new state budget banning the assessment.

Kasich Signs Budget With Record Number Of Vetoes

Jul 1, 2015
Gov. John Kasich signed the state's two year, $71 billion budget yesterday.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Gov. John Kasich signed the new $71 billion state budget, which was substantially different than his original proposal. He responded with a record 44 vetoes, twice as many as in the last budget.

The House and Senate essentially rejected Kasich’s new school funding formula and pumped about $900 million more back to schools. In return the governor vetoed a $78 million, House-added provision, meaning some districts could lose money in the second year of the budget.

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