budget

DeWine signs budget, blocks erasure of COVID-19 health violations

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the $74 billion, two-year state budget into law, keeping in place nearly all of its signature policy positions and spending priorities while once again nixing an effort by Republican lawmakers to counter his administration’s methods of handling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The governor also vetoed an attempt by Republican lawmakers to […]

SNAP “asset tests” removed from state budget

BY: - June 29, 2021

State lawmakers removed two provisions from the state budget that would have made food stamps more difficult to access for poor Ohioans. Senate Republicans earlier this month proposed two changes to how the state administers benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. One would impose an “asset test” on recipients, which eliminates their benefits if […]

State budget blocks cities from taxing grocery bags

BY: - June 29, 2021

A budget proposal passed by both chambers of the legislature on Monday would prohibit cities from applying taxes to single-use, plastic grocery bags. The budget, passed Monday night by both the House and Senate, makes permanent a temporary ban on cities from applying the taxes, which are designed to cut down on the 14.5 million […]

Senate budget calls for “asset tests” for poor Ohioans seeking food stamps

BY: - June 14, 2021

The Ohio Senate added to its budget proposal a provision requiring the state to cut off food stamp assistance for poor Ohioans if their households save up $2,250 or more. It also imposes a requirement known as “change reporting.” This forces Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program clients to report every fluctuation in income — things like […]

Relief funding will make big difference in Ohio cities, leaders say

BY: - April 14, 2021

Every incorporated community in Ohio, from Aberdeen to Zoar, is set to receive at least some relief funding through the American Rescue Plan. The largest chunks are headed to metropolitan areas, whose leaders say the relief will play a major role in helping big cities navigate the pandemic recovery while dealing with other crises such […]

Ohio Transportation Budget: What to know and how it impacts you

BY: - March 29, 2021

Ohio lawmakers recently approved a two-year transportation budget ahead of schedule and without much drama, sending the $8.3 billion package to Gov. Mike DeWine for a signature. Legislators agreed to allocate billions of dollars toward maintaining and improving Ohio’s transportation infrastructure, including highways, roads and bridges. Despite the governor having proposed major cuts to public […]

Education budget debate begins as Jan. budget shows declines in higher ed, K-12

BY: - February 17, 2021

Subcommittees on K-12 and higher education are beginning their discussions on the new operating budget this week, and they have plenty of budgetary information to look at, including declines shown in the January budget report. The Ohio House Finance subcommittee on higher education will take their first look at the pieces of the state operating […]

Mailbag: What’s up with the proposed $50 million ad campaign for Ohio?

BY: - February 12, 2021

Welcome back to another installment of the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag, the only column that is single-handedly driving coastal millennials to relocate to the Buckeye State. Let’s get to it: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. I’m curious what the $50 million ad campaign […]

Advocates, legislators want more from governor’s education budget

BY: - February 3, 2021

With no changes planned for the state education funding formula included in Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed budget, education advocates and some state legislators are left wanting more. “The devil is always in the details,” said Scott DiMauro, head of the Ohio Education Association, in a statement after the release of the budget. “Education spending must […]

DeWine seeks more state spending for public health causes in Ohio

BY: - February 3, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine wants to see the state of Ohio invest more in public health initiatives over the coming years to impact the COVID-19 pandemic response and numerous other health needs. DeWine rolled out his administration’s biennial budget proposal on Monday, which includes suggested funding amounts for all state agencies for the fiscal years 2022 […]

What to know about Gov. DeWine’s proposed state budget

BY: - February 2, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine outlined his administration’s proposed state budget on Monday, calling his plan “truly an investment into our future.” Acknowledging this as being an “extremely challenging time in Ohio,” DeWine nevertheless offered an optimistic view of the coming two years and said 2021 in particular would be a year of recovery.  The governor […]

New-look ‘Checkbook’ site shows taxpayers their state, local budgets

BY: - July 3, 2020

A website dedicated to giving Ohioans a transparent look at the state’s finances was reintroduced this week. The revamp involved an effort to merge two similar websites together: OhioCheckbook.com, managed by the state treasurer’s office, and a separate interactive budget more closely associated with the governor. The new OhioCheckbook.gov offers a slate of financial records […]