It’s been a big week for advocates of same-sex marriage in Ohio. First, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black issued a ruling Monday that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. On the same day, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine approved new language for a petition to overturn Ohio’s ban on gay marriage, allowing an effort at a voter referendum to move forward.
Governor Kasich’s proposal in his mid-biennium budget to raise taxes on oil and gas drillers in Ohio is being met with resistance from Republicans in the Ohio legislature. In this week’s PoliticsOhio, the Statehouse News Bureau’s Andy Chow tells Emily McCord that two different proposals are being debated.
Chow reports that the current tax rate on oil and gas drillers is very low compared to other states. Governor Kasich’s proposal would raise the tax to 2.75 percent. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) has a different proposal that would raise the tax to 2.25 percent.
Republican Governor John Kasich released his Mid-Biennium Review this week, a policy document that updates his previous budget and lays the framework for his administration's agenda for the upcoming year. The proposal includes plans for workforce development, education and veterans' issues. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler tells Emily McCord that Kasich's tax cuts are generating the most scrutiny from Republicans and Democrats alike as the governor faces re-election in the fall.
Key highlights of Kasich's tax proposal in the MBR:
On the heels of a poll showing the gubernatorial race tightening up in Ohio, Gov. Kasich will deliver his annual State of the State speech on Monday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler gave WYSO's Emily McCord a preview for PoliticsOhio this week and says Kasich will use the speech to appeal to independent voters.
David Pepper is officially in the race against Republican incumbent Mike DeWine for Ohio's next attorney general, and he has harsh words for his his opponent. Pepper is using a recent report by the Dayton Daily News as ammunition; it found several instances where DeWine received campaign contributions from law firms seeking state work. The Democrat says this is evidence of a "pay-to-play" system.