Senator Chris Widener

Politics
2:20 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Many Ideas, Little Agreement On How To Spend Medicaid Expansion Savings

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Federally-funded Medicaid expansion is projected to save the state over $400 million. Now, lawmakers and other groups are pitching their ideas for how to use that money. There's not a lot of agreement on what to do with the savings. Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles about the different options on the table.

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Politics
8:35 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Widener Introduces Bill to Give Medicaid Expansion Savings to Taxpayers

One of the Republican Senators who voted to allow the state to accept two and a half billion federal dollars for Medicaid expansion has introduced a bill to give Ohioans a tax break. The legislation is designed to capture savings in state government and give that money back to Ohio taxpayers.

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Education
3:25 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Ribbon Cutting Held for Springfield's Global Impact Stem Academy

Students participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony at Springfield's Global Impact Stem Academy.
Credit Wayne Baker

Several dignitaries including State Senator Chris Widener and Mayor Warren Copeland gathered on the campus of Clark State University Monday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The event formally opened Springfield's Global Impact STEM Academy.

Widener called the academy the first of it's kind in the nation that will allow students to study while also gaining hands on experience in the agricultural bio-sciences field. After thanking Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin for helping provide a temporary location for the school, but Widener also talked about a permanent future site.

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Politics
6:31 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Questions Surround Senator's Role In Possible Ethics Violations

In this weeks PoliticsOhio, Wayne Baker speaks with Dayton Daily News investigative reporter Laura Bischoff, who discussed the paper's story regarding Springfield Republican Sen. Chris Widener. Bischoff's story alleges that Widener may have violated Ohio ethics law when he personally appeared before a state board to appeal a building code ruling on a fire hall he designed as part of his private business.

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Statewide News
6:35 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Ohio Senator's Ties to Nonprofit Questioned

A newspaper investigation has found a western Ohio state senator authored a 2009 budget amendment that financially benefited an agricultural nonprofit he co-founded and financially backed.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Senate Finance Chairman Chris Widener's ties to the Ohio Equine and Agricultural Association Tuesday. The nonprofit was launched to build a livestock exposition center in Clark County, a project Widener's architecture firm designed and managed.

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