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Allegra Boverman

This year’s biggest drama at the Ohio Statehouse centered around the ongoing struggles between Republican Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-controlled Legislature, which culminated in a continuing battle over vetoes. 

Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen (from left), House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Governor John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof discuss changes to the state budget.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

At the beginning of 2017, as President Trump took office, Ohio lawmakers were focused on the new two-year state budget.

The Future of America's National Monuments

Dec 7, 2017
US Bureau of Land Management

President Trump announced the decision to shrink the Bears Ears, a sacred tribal site in Utah, and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments by more than 1.1 million acres and more than 800,000 acres, respectively. Today we examine the decision, its impact, and what that means for the future of national monuments in the United States in the Trump Era and beyond.

The GOP Tax Overhaul

Dec 6, 2017
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Last week the U.S. Senate passed a tax overhaul measure. This week the Senate and the House worked on details of the measure around individual tax and corporate tax rates.

Coming up, what you need to know to judge your representative’s vote on the bills and tips to help you gauge the success of the proposed reforms in the future.

COTA bus in downtown Columbus
WOSU

Ohio lawmakers are still trying to come up with a new plan to replace hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that public transit agencies and counties lost in the last state budget. The money will be running out earlier than anticipated.

Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen (from left), House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Governor John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof discuss changes to the state budget.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

State lawmakers overrode six of Gov. John Kasich’s 47 budget vetoes. But one headline-making veto may survive – the one that stops a plan to ask the federal government to increase the tax on managed-care organizations. 

The Ohio Statehouse
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After joining the Ohio House in voting to override six of Gov. John Kasich’s budget vetoes last month, the Senate was expected to come back this week to consider overriding more. But the Senate cancelled the session.

In most of Ohio, the kids are back in school, and more than 800,000 of them ride buses to class each day. Figuring out the most efficient and most cost-effective way to do that is a complex equation. And it’s become more important now with student transportation taking a big hit in the new state budget. 

After a fiscal year that showed budget estimates were off for 11 months, a pair of Republican lawmakers wants to change up the budget-making process. They want to create a panel to look at the state’s economic forecast on a more consistent basis. This could ultimately circumvent the process around the governor’s office.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), Gov. John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) appear at a press conference about the budget in April.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Republican leaders are ready to deliver another blow to Gov. John Kasich. The Senate is likely to give final approval to at least some veto overrides that started in the House. The vote would be more than just a symbolic loss of power for the Kasich Administration.

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