state budget

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 […]

COMMENTARY

Education reforms in state budget could narrow achievement gap

BY: - July 6, 2021

Last Monday, members of the Ohio House and Senate finally reconciled their respective versions of the state budget, passing it with bipartisan support in both chambers. While a $1.6 billion tax cut and funding for broadband and brownfield development will make headlines, the most historic provision of this budget is likely its change to the […]

Child care budget: Step Up to Quality remains, low-income care boosted

BY: - July 2, 2021

Child care in the state will still have one standard-making process that was nearly cut from the state budget, while other investments in broadband and publicly-funded child care come with praise from Ohio advocates. Leaders of child care facilities and policy advocates in the state were worried that Step Up to Quality, the state’s standard-monitoring […]

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 […]

Broadband program salvaged in state budget

BY: - July 1, 2021

City leaders who see internet connectivity as a growing public utility were relieved to find broadband programs and grants kept in the new state budget. The fate of the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program and municipal broadband programs in the state were in question during budget negotiations. In the Senate version of the budget, […]

Education funding overhaul reappears in final budget draft

BY: - June 29, 2021

The Ohio House’s version of a public school funding overhaul won the day after negotiations ended for the new two-year state budget. The conference committee on the budget bill, comprised of members of both chambers of the Ohio legislature, returned to the so-called “Fair School Funding Plan” after the Senate tried to make its own […]

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 […]

Disability Rights Ohio concerned about budget item seeking oversight

BY: - June 22, 2021

A nonprofit watchdog advocating for the rights of Ohioans with disabilities is concerned about a budget proposal from the state senate to ramp up oversight of its own activities. Disability Rights Ohio has been the state’s designated Protection and Advocacy system since 2012, tasked with helping oversee the care of individuals with disabilities and informing […]

Survey: Ohio middle-of-the-road on education, child health and economic well-being

BY: - June 22, 2021

In a national survey on child well-being, Ohio was middle of the pack when it came to growth indicators. The data, collected through the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Ohio 31st nationally in overall child well-being, calculated using indicators of economic well-being, education, health, and family and community context. Compared to 2019 numbers, Ohio was […]

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 […]