Ohio Senate Budget Cuts Lawmakers Pay, Restricts Abortion

This week Columbus on the Record panelists discuss the newly-passed Ohio Senate budget, which would cut legislators’ pay and cut Governor’s John Kasich’s JobsOhio role.

But perhaps the most controversial change to the budget was an 11th hour addition that would prohibit insurance plans for state and local government employees from covering abortions.

Also this week: The U.S. Senate race warms up, with names such as Ken Blackwell, Kevin Coughlin, and Josh Mandel making news; a possible Ted Strickland – John Kasich rematch is in the works; Kasich commutes death sentence; and  OSU football remains in the headlines.


  • Catherine Candisky (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • Reginald Fields (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Sam Gresham (Common Cause Ohio)
  • Michael Miller (attorney, former prosecutor)

Read More:

  • The budget: A pay cut for lawmakers and the removal of Gov. John Kasich as chairman of JobsOhio’s board of directors (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • Budget includes symbolic efforts to curb abortion and punish illegal immigrants (The Plain Dealer)
  • State Rep. Armond Budish says Kasich’s budget amounts to Ohio’s second largest spending increase (PolitiFact Ohio)
  • Kevin Coughlin throws his hat into the Senate race (YouTube)
  • Josh Mandel and Kevin Coughlin are flying primary colors. Will Ken Blackwell? (The Plain Dealer)
  • Kasich grants clemency to Death Row inmate (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Former governor Strickland won’t rule out a 2014 rematch against Kasich (Columbus Dispatch)

Segments On This Episode (on YouTube)

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Ohio Budget Has Several Policy Changes

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Kevin Coughlin Enters the Ohio Senate Race

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A possible Ted Strickland - John Kasich Rematch?

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Another Black Eye for Ohio State University Football

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John Kasich Commutes Shawn Hawkins's Sentence

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