State Board of Education Gets Budget Update from Superintendent with No Mention of Planned Parenthood Being a ‘Community Partner’

Upon their return from break, State Board of Education Members received a report from Superintendent Paolo DeMaria about the changes made in Ohio’s budget. DeMaria said he was going to, “Put a ribbon around it and also dig into a couple of key areas.”

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Analysis: State Spending in Ohio Rises 6 Times Faster than Population Growth Over Past 30 Years

Among the U.S. states, Ohio is the sixth-most populated with more than 11.6 million people, many of them located in major population centers like Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus. But the rate of population growth in the Buckeye State has been largely stagnant for decades, lagging far behind that seen by the nation as a whole.

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Planned Parenthood Targets Crisis Pregnancy Centers After They Receive $7 Million Boost in Ohio Budget

  Crisis pregnancy centers in Ohio are set to receive $7.5 million in funding over the next two fiscal years under Ohio’s new state budget, and Planned Parenthood isn’t pleased. During Wednesday’s House floor debate on the budget, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio sent out a number of tweets attacking…

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While the Budget Remains Unfinished, DeWine and Some Legislators Go Fishing

  Gov. Mike DeWine and some legislators had fun celebrating the 40th Fish Ohio Day on Lake Erie last week. It was a grand celebration of fishing just before the Independence Day holiday, but there was business left unfinished in Columbus. Legislators walked out of the Statehouse on Sunday evening,…

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Governor Mike DeWine Signs Interim Spending Plan, Gives Ohio Lawmakers 17 Days to Agree on a Budget

by Todd DeFeo   Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an interim operating budget that funds the state government for 17 days, giving lawmakers additional time to debate a two-year spending plan. DeWine signed both Senate Bill 171, the interim state budget, and Senate Bill 172, a one-month funding extension for…

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Ohio’s Public Defender Recruitment Program Could Cost $3 Million Over Two Years

by Todd DeFeo   The House Finance Committee is expected to allocate $3 million over the next two years to fund a program aimed at attracting more public defenders throughout Ohio. With little discussion, the state Criminal Justice Committee passed House Bill 5 to create the Public Defender State Loan…

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Ohio’s Future Foundation Pushes Pro-Business Policies to Help All Residents Prosper

  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Former Congressman Jim Renacci and Ohio’s Future Foundation (OHFF) were hosted by the Mahoning County Republican Party Tuesday evening.  The GOP group held a social for OHFF in their meeting room in Youngstown. Rick Barron, the Mahoning County Leader, announced that, ‘Tom (Weyand – OHFF’s Outreach…

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Anti-Smoking Groups Actually Testified Against DeWine’s Proposal to Raise Minimum Age to 21

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has called for raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21, a proposal that’s included in Ohio’s biennial budget bill. But anti-smoking groups in the state have actually testified against the proposal. These groups believe that the proposal would mostly punish youth…

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Ohio House Passes Tax Increases on Small Businesses During Small Business Week

  The Ohio House passed House Bill 166 Thursday, its version of the state’s biennial budget. While the bill includes substantial income tax reductions, some groups aren’t pleased with the impact it will have on small businesses. Under the bill, Ohio’s Business Investment Income Deduction would be lowered to $100,000.…

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DeWine Proposed Budget Includes New Taxes for Ohio’s Tattoo Artists and Body Piercers

Governor Mike DeWine’s proposed budget for Ohio includes a provision that will raise taxes and regulations on all tattoo artists and body piercers throughout the state. The new provision would require that all current and future tattoo artists and body piercers register with the state for as long as they…

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