- 9:33 am Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by Staff Writer
By Laura Bischoff
The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 33-0 in favor of a $7.86 billion transportation budget bill that includes $5.6 billion for highway construction and maintenance projects.
This leaves the state gas tax at 28-cents per gallon — unchanged since July 2005. But fees Ohioans pay for license plates are likely to increase. The legislation allows counties to ask for local voter approval for an additional $5 plate fee to help fund road and bridge projects.
Both the House and Senate versions of the bill include changes [More]
- 10:27 am Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer
An effort is underway to expand the number of unemployment benefit applicants who need drug tested
The Associated Press is reporting that the Senate sent President Donald Trump a plan to make the change and the White House says Trump will sign it.
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Here’s the full story from the AP: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national-govt–politics/congress-sends-trump-drug-test-measure-for-unemployed/39AFCau7JMyCijBOk0DRZM/?ecmp=daytondaily_social_twitter_2014_politics_sfp
- 7:54 pm Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer
By Jessica Wehrman
Sen. Rob Portman says he will back Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
The two met Wednesday in Portman’s office in what the Ohio Republican called “an engaging and productive meeting.”
“I expressed my belief that the job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law, and to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to legislate from the bench,” he said. “I believe that is exactly what he will do should he be confirmed to this important position. Judge Gorsuch has an outstanding record as a fair-minded, independent, and universally-respected judge, and, after [More]
Do you think Ohio elected officials should be punished if illegal immigrant kills, injures someone in their city?
- 3:31 pm Monday, February 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, want to punish elected officials in Ohio inf an illegal immigrant kills or injures someone after the city declares itself a ‘sanctuary city.’
The move comes just days after Cincinnati declared itself a sanctuary city welcoming immigrants.
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- 4:40 pm Monday, January 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Ohio Gov. John Kasich today proposed a 17 percent cut in income taxes through a dozen changes, including increasing the exemptions allowed for families making less than $80,000. Kasich also wants to simplify the state tax code by collapsing the number of tax brackets.
Our Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff has all of the details:
The governor, once again, is proposing higher tax rates for oil and gas producers — an idea that has not gotten traction from lawmakers in previous years.
He is proposing increasing the state sales tax to 6.25 percent, up from the current 5.75 percent, [More]
- 4:03 pm Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer
Laura Bischoff in our Columbus Bureau is reporting that Dayton’s fight over red light cameras is headed to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Here’s some of her report:
Love them or hate them, the argument over red light cameras in Ohio will resume next week when the Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on a lawsuit launched by the city of Dayton against the 2014 state law that effectively bans the electronic traffic cops.
Dayton is arguing that three elements of the 2014 law are unconstitutional because they undercut local municipalities’ home-rule authority to self-govern. A [More]