WOSU News Archives For: September 24, 2013

Franklin County Sales Tax To Be 2nd Highest In Ohio

Franklin County's sales tax will increase to 7.5 percent January 1.
24, 2013

County Commissioners approved a sales tax hike this morning that puts Franklin County at the top in the 18-county central Ohio region. They say it is necessary due state funding cuts and more demand for services. But as WOSU reports critics say the move could have been avoided.

Casino Robbery Victim Charged With Stealing Precious Metals

Central Ohio casino robbery victim is indicted for theft from his jewelry store employer.
24, 2013

A Central Ohio jeweler who prosecutors say was the victim of a casino robbery last year has been charged with stealing precious metal from the store where he worked.

Franklin County Approves Sales Tax Increase

Franklin County Courthouse
Franklin County Commissioners approved a half-percent increase in the county sales tax.
September 24, 2013

Faced with cuts in state aid and the need for new facilities, Franklin County officials Tuesday voted to increase the county’s portion of the sales tax. By unanimous vote commissioners raised the rate point-5 percent.

Health Care Changes Spur Need For More Medical Specialists

Ohio Health care systems prepare for changes under the Affordable Care Act and possible expansion of Medicaid
24, 2013

If you’ve tried to get an appointment with a dermatologist or neurologist lately, you may have experienced a four- to six-week wait. That’s because these are two of the most in-demand specialists, and there aren’t enough of them. The specialist shortage could be affected if Medicaid expansion in Ohio moves forward.

GOP Lawmaker Wants Changes For Ballot Access

A GOP state lawmaker wants to change the rules for ballot access in time for the 2014 statewide elections.
24, 2013

A Republican Senator wants new rules for minor party candidates that would take effect for next year’s big statewide elections. But one of the parties that would be affected says it’s a strategy to keep its candidates out of next year’s tough elections.