ohio budget

Ohio economists say state’s pandemic spending cuts won’t help the economy

BY: - August 19, 2021

In May 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced $775 million in state spending cuts in the face of what he expected to be lower tax revenues due to economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The cuts included $300 million whacked from K-12 education and $210 million from Medicaid, the health program for the poor. […]

Mailbag: What’s the cost of sending Highway Patrol to the Texas border?

BY: - July 12, 2021

Welcome back to another installment of the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag, which rank choice voting has shown is the most-read political column in the state. (Or at least is readers’ third pick.) Let’s get to it: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Any new […]

Scrap tires and alcoholic bingo: The Ohio budget’s most obscure items

BY: - July 9, 2021

The new state budget allocates billions of dollars to necessary public services, but you have to flip to page 1,326 to find the part about buying to-go cocktails. Tucked between groundbreaking investments in broadband internet and children’s services, this provision lets Ohioans purchase drinks for “off-premises consumption,” so long as the drink is not any […]

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 […]

Experts overwhelmingly agree rural broadband will grow Ohio’s economy, reduce inequality. Senate leaders don’t

BY: - June 23, 2021

The great majority of a panel of Ohio economists agree: Better rural broadband would be an economic boon to the state and it would help to reduce a growing gap between haves and have nots, according to a survey that was released Monday. The results of the survey are likely to be grist for those […]

Ohio Senate passes state budget, negotiations with House to follow

BY: - June 10, 2021

The two legislative chambers have approved their respective versions of the two-year state operating budget. Now comes the heavy negotiating. Lawmakers in the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives have until the end of June to find common ground among their differing spending priorities. The goal is to send a finished version to Gov. […]

Ohio Budget: Lawmakers’ priorities not quite on target, advocates say

BY: - June 8, 2021

The money invested in a state budget should be fully reflective of the state’s values, public advocates say in arguing the current proposals considered by Ohio lawmakers have a long way to go in reaching that goal. The comprehensive, two-year budget is being negotiated inside the Ohio Statehouse and includes billions of dollars in proposed […]

Child care leaders ‘outraged’ at state Senate’s removal of quality system in budget proposal

BY: - June 7, 2021

The removal of the Step Up to Quality child care standards system as proposed in the Ohio Senate’s version of the budget was not only against the wishes of some child care leaders, but also came without any warning. “It was calculated,” said Dawn Blalock, co-owner of the Little Miracles Early Development Center. “It was […]

COMMENTARY

It’s time Ohio lawmakers fund alternatives to youth incarceration

BY: - June 7, 2021

By Kenza Kamal, Policy Director at Juvenile Justice Coalition It costs Ohio taxpayers $185,303 to incarcerate one child for one year. This is a staggering amount for us to spend on youth incarceration, an ineffective and harmful approach to the needs of communities in our state–particularly young Black Ohioans, who are six times more likely […]

Ohio Senate leadership wants no additional $ for broadband expansion

BY: - June 2, 2021

Lawmakers from both parties had been hopeful Ohio would take a big step forward this year to invest in broadband internet expansion throughout the state. Leaders in the Ohio Senate think otherwise. While their counterparts in the Ohio House of Representatives want to allocate millions of dollars for internet expansion projects, Republican state senators want […]

Ohio creates new program to fund broadband internet expansion projects

BY: - May 18, 2021

Supporters call this a good start in providing digital opportunities for all Ohioans A student being able to finish a school project at home with the help of online research.  A farmer selling goods using an online marketplace. A busy parent receiving telehealth services from their own living room. An estimated 1 million Ohioans lack […]

LGBTQ+ couples can adopt, but GOP rejects updating Ohio law to note that

BY: - April 23, 2021

Although it is legal in Ohio for LGBTQ+ couples to adopt, some GOP legislators want the state law to only acknowledge the adoption rights of heterosexual couples. A dispute over a single line in the 2,057-page state budget bill — passed by the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday — has some civil rights advocates […]