Lawmakers are back for the second year of the legislature’s two year session. And while they passed nearly 60 bills last year, there are hundreds more bills that have been introduced.
Ohio lawmakers have come to an agreement on a new tax reform plan that they say is fair and will help all Ohioans. The plan will provide income tax breaks to nearly all Ohioans but will raise some taxes and shift some tax burdens.
Ohio Republican leaders have agreed to a larger statewide income tax cut as part of a package of changes to be included in the budget.
Ohio Senators are calling their new budget plan “a work in progress” but they are touting it as a major improvement in funding for Ohio’s public schools.
The Republican president of the Ohio Senate says state lawmakers are open to pursuing a Medicaid bill before the end of the year.
Some advocates want to expand the current Medicaid system so that thousands of low income Ohioans can get medical care. They want that expansion as part of the state budget but that doesn’t look likely.
Gov. John Kasich’s plan to expand health care coverage for low-income Ohioans has been dealt another blow.
Senate President Keith Faber tells the Lima News he sees the long-term funding of the federal-state program as troublesome at best.
The budget may top the agenda for state lawmakers. But there’s still talk about changing the way the maps that create boundaries for state and federal lawmakers are drawn – especially after the latest maps sparked widespread criticism, legal action and a failed ballot issue.