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The Ohio Budget’s Most Obscure Items

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal The Ohio Budget’s Most Obscure Items

By Tyler Buchanan 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 […]

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Erasure of COVID-19 Health Violations Among Governor’s Vetoes in State Budget

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Erasure of COVID-19 Health Violations Among Governor’s Vetoes in State Budget

By Tyler Buchanan 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 […]

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State Budget Prohibits Cities from Taxing Grocery Bags

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal State Budget Prohibits Cities from Taxing Grocery Bags

By Jake Zuckerman A budget proposal passed by both chambers of the legislature on Monday would prohibit cities from applying taxes to single-use, plastic grocery bags. The budget, passed Monday night by both the House and Senate, makes permanent a temporary ban on cities from applying the taxes, which are designed to cut down on the 14.5 […]

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Senate Budget Calls for ‘Asset Tests’ for SNAP Recipients

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Senate Budget Calls for ‘Asset Tests’ for SNAP Recipients

By Jake Zuckerman The Ohio Senate added to its budget proposal a provision requiring the state to cut off food stamp assistance for poor Ohioans if their households save up $2,250 or more. It also imposes a requirement known as “change reporting.” This forces Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program clients to report every fluctuation in income — […]

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Advocates Say Budget Measure Would Undermine State’s Affordable Housing

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Advocates Say Budget Measure Would Undermine State’s Affordable Housing

By Marty Schladen 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 […]

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Ohio Lawmakers’ Budget Priorities Not Quite on Target, Advocates Say

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Lawmakers’ Budget Priorities Not Quite on Target, Advocates Say

By Tyler Buchanan 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 […]

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What to Know About the State Budget Passed by the Ohio House

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal What to Know About the State Budget Passed by the Ohio House

By Tyler Buchanan Ohio took a step closer toward a constitutional school funding model with the passage Wednesday of a two-year operating budget in the Ohio House of Representatives, a sweeping bill that also proposes an across-the-board income tax cut, a broadband internet expansion plan and more spending to aid businesses struggling from the pandemic. The […]

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