Ohio Statehouse

Dayton City Budget
3:49 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

City of Dayton Working On 2015 Budget

Dayton's officials are coming up against some unknowns in the budget process for next year.
Credit Derek Jensen

The City of Dayton is starting its budget process for next year. Officials will be dipping into savings again to balance the spending plan.

 

It will cost about $160 million to run Dayton in 2015. That money comes from a variety of sources: income taxes, property taxes and casino revenue. But this year the city will also use $2.5 million in reserves.

Read more
Energy
9:41 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Panel Studying Ohio's Green Energy Law Kicks Off

Ohio's renewable energy standards are on hold for two years while the legislature studies their impact.
Credit Lucas County Choppers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative panel reviewing Ohio's renewable energy law while state mandates are on a two-year hiatus is kicking off with testimony from the state's top utility regulator.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Tom Johnson addresses the Energy Mandates Study Committee Monday.

The panel was created in May to part of a bill delaying enforcement of state mandates for alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind.

Read more
Child immunizations
12:04 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Immunizations Could Be Required For Entrance Into Day Care

Credit United States Agency for International Development

A pair of bills to require nearly all kids in day care centers to be fully immunized are expected to move quickly in the lame duck session of the state legislature. 

The measures require parents to vaccinate their preschool age kids if they want to enroll them in one of the 4,100 licensed day care centers in Ohio. Republican Shannon Jones of Springboro sponsored the Senate version of the bill, and admits supporters have battled some misinformation about vaccines.

Read more
Election 2014
7:56 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republicans Win Record Number Of Seats In Ohio House

Chris Redfern, the chair of Ohio's Democratic Party, lost his seat in the Ohio House of Representatives Tuesday and announced his resignation as party chair.
Credit Sarah Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Republicans how have a record number elected seats in the Ohio House, winning at least 65 districts. The GOP has held 60 seats in the current General Assembly. Since a constitutional amendment established the 99-member House in 1967, the most seats the party had won was 64.

Read more
Education
11:50 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Common Core Debate Hits Pause As Leaders Push In New Directions

More than a hundred people have participated in the argument over a repeal of Ohio’s current education standards called the Common Core. Now at least one leader would like to see the debate take a slight change in course.

The Common Core was created by a group of education experts from around the country, including Ohio. The state adopted the standards in 2010, and school districts implemented them starting this year, with full implementation and testing set to roll out in the 2014-2015 school year currently udnerway.

Read more

Pages