Politics & Government

Many state employees have been laid off in recent months, and many more have been asked to take unpaid furlough days. These actions were taken by state leaders to help save state dollars. Some Ohio lawmakers think more cuts are in order. But as Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports, what these lawmakers want to cut might come as a surprise to many Ohioans.

The Ohio House has approved legislation that would place a six-month moratorium on foreclosures in some cases. The Democratic-controlled House voted 54-43, largely along party lines, to approve the bill Wednesday.

It would allow homeowners who can pay at least half of their mortgage payment to put off foreclosure for six months. It also would require lenders to pay $750 to the state when they initiate foreclosure proceedings.

Democrats say it will let more people stay in their homes and give the parties more time to agree on a new plan.

A potent combination of economics and politics has Ohio lawmakers facing the prospect of repairing a hole of at least $2,000,000,000 in the next two-year budget in a little over a month.

Ohio lawmakers have scheduled hearings this week on prisons legislation. Lawmakers will also consider a plan to fund bonuses for veterans of the wars in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Ohio Lawmakers Eye Revenue Sources.

Jan 27, 2009

If government spending cuts alone are not enough to fill a projected 7 billion dollar hole in Ohio's next two-year state budget, legislators may have to answer a question they'd rather not face --- what's the better way to raise cash - gambling casinos or a tax hike? Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports it's a debate that actually has THREE sides.

A think-tank that advocates for social welfare programs had a hard time Wednesday convincing Ohio legislators that they should consider raising taxes to help ease the state's 7 billion dollar financial crisis. As statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports, though, the idea of tax hikes isn't dead.

Ohio's jobless picture framed much of the debate at Broad and High during 2008. Lawmakers regulated payday loans and passed legislation to create new jobs. Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen has the first of four reports on Ohio politics and government in the past year.

The Ohio Senate has voted to pass a bill that would eliminate the so called golden week - the window of time in which Ohioans can both register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Ohio's Democratic governor and its Republican House Speaker agree on many things when it comes to education. They even agreed on a program to put money toward college scholarships for kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math. But they're squabbling over the state's commitment to the program based on how much money is in that fund. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Ohio House Votes For Jobs Plan

May 22, 2008

The Ohio House of Representatives has approved a two-pronged plan to create jobs while boosting high-tech research, paying for highway improvements, and funding college internships. If state senators add their okay, Ohio voters will help decide part of the plan.

Consumers advocates are cheering, and owners of payday loan stores are jeering now that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill, slapping tough new limits on controversial short-term loans. The floor debate focussed not only on the loans, but also on a different topic, gambling.

Columbus Boosters Work To Attract Return Visitors.

Mar 19, 2007

College Basketball fans spent millions of dollars in Columbus during the week-end as they followed their teams in the first and second rounds of the N-C-double-A tournament at Nationwide arena. But, "Experience Columbus," a booster group for the city and region, wants first-time visitors to the city to return. So, the organization is offering something called "experiential tourism."

Republicans who dominate the Ohio Legislature plan to launch committee hearings tomorrow (Tuesday) on a bill to crackdown on illegal immigrants. Legislative leaders hope to get final approval for the plan by the end of the year .but advocates for Hispanics are already vowing to challenge the measure in court, if it becomes law.

Bill Cohen Ohio Public Radio

A legislative committee approved new rules governing how individuals and groups register new voters. The new guidelines were written by Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and grew out of a bill Governor Taft signed in January overhauling Ohio election law. Critics are concerned that new rules require paid circulators to return signed registration cards within to either county boards of elections or the secretary of state's office, rather than to the group paying them.

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