Sen. Matt Huffman

Medicaid rebid stripped from Ohio budget. Other actions unclear.

BY: - June 30, 2021

Medicaid rebid stripped from Ohio budget. Other actions unclear.

Budget includes $250M for Ohio broadband internet expansion

BY: - June 29, 2021

Few items in the new state budget will have as direct an impact on Ohioans’ lives as the money to be spent on improving access to broadband internet, what one lawmaker has long championed as the “great social equalizer of our time.” Lawmakers agreed to spend $250 million on broadband internet expansion projects to aid […]

Proposed budget changes said to threaten Medicaid reforms

BY: - June 24, 2021

The Republican leadership of the Ohio Senate is attempting to give an Ohio-based Medicaid managed-care company a do-over after it failed badly in a competitive process to keep its business with the state. Critics say the do-over — which was apparently lobbied for by the previous Medicaid director — would at least delay a series […]

Ohio Senate president now supportive of broadband internet spending

BY: - June 23, 2021

The leader of the Ohio Senate says he has come around on the issue of broadband internet spending, telling reporters Wednesday he is optimistic that lawmakers can come to an agreement on investing in this public need. Leaders from the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives are currently negotiating a two-year state budget that […]

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 GOP leaders may have sole power to intervene in gerrymandering cases

BY: - June 14, 2021

A last-second addition to the Ohio Senate’s budget proposal would give Republican leaders sole ability to contest legal challenges to the new legislative maps drawn this year. Ohio voters in 2015 and 2018 approved new redistricting processes for drawing state and congressional districts that will be first implemented this year. The new system encourages greater […]

Budget measure would undermine affordable housing for hundreds of thousands in Ohio, critics say

BY: - June 9, 2021

Scores of Ohio business and social service organizations are voicing opposition to a move by Senate President Matt Huffman to raise taxes on housing for the state’s poor. A spokesman for Huffman didn’t respond to a request for comment. But a measure that Huffman placed in the state budget would require county auditors to value […]

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 […]

Testy exchanges seen in first hearing on Ohio election changes bill

BY: - May 21, 2021

The Republican sponsors of a bill to change various pieces of Ohio election law had their first opportunity Thursday to make a case why these changes are necessary. State Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Green Twp., and Sharon Ray, R-Wadsworth, fielded questions from a handful of Democratic lawmakers, each sharing concerns that some of the provisions would […]

Census data used for Ohio redistricting may get here just in time

BY: - May 19, 2021

Ohio is now set to receive its U.S. Census data necessary to draw new legislative districts in mid-August, giving the state a short amount of time to abide by a redistricting timeline approved by voters. Delays in processing census data — due to the pandemic — have made Ohio officials worry the state would not […]

Vax-A-Million seen as unorthodox, but legal way to promote vaccines in Ohio

BY: - May 14, 2021

New Jersey is offering free beer and New York is offering tickets to Yankee stadium. Ohio, meanwhile, is offering a much bigger incentive to getting the COVID-19 vaccine: $1 million in cold, hard cash. Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement of a “Vax-A-Million” lottery has turned heads this week, with Ohioans debating the merits of the program […]

Huffman drops pursuit of ballot amendment to extend Ohio redistricting deadlines

BY: - May 5, 2021

Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman has ended his pursuit of a constitutional amendment to push back redistricting deadlines in the state, a proposed attempt at dealing with delays in receiving U.S. Census data. Ohio is expected to receive census data used for drawing new federal and state legislative maps sometime in September. That is a […]