The Ohio House version of the two-year state budget eliminates a tax break that has been both praised by fans and panned by critics: a $40 million a year tax credit for the movie industry. Researchers from both the left and right say it doesn’t pay off.
There are no tax cuts in Gov. Mike DeWine’s first budget. Lawmakers may change that when they introduce their version of it soon. However they probably won’t change the $19.2 billion in tax credits and loopholes in it.
The Ohio Supreme Court chief justice is gathering a team of experts to examine the state’s bail system, determining whether or not the system is unfair for people who are arrested but held on expensive bail before they can argue their case.
State lawmakers have now sent to the governor a bill, SB255, to review every occupational license required in Ohio. The legislation requires the General Assembly to scrutinize each licensure process before deciding whether or not it should be renews.
A conservative think tank is sending out a warning that Issue 1 could bring expensive, unintended consequences. But the group adds it’s unfortunate because the measure to steer drug users away from prison and towards treatment has merit.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a landmark ruling that overturns 40 years of precedent and ends compelled union dues for public employees. Now, a right-leaning think tank is going a step further and mailing literature to make sure public employees in Ohio know they don’t have to pay into the union.
Ohio has been gaining jobs over the last few years, and its unemployment rate hit its lowest level in 17 years a few months ago. But there are other numbers in the state’s economic overview that raise concerns for a progressive group that reviews the economy each year on Labor Day.
Ohio’s unemployment rate went up in June to 4.5 percent. That’s compared with 4.3 percent in May, which was the lowest level since July 2001. But the number of employed Ohioans last month increased a bit, too.
For the fifth year in a row, the number of unionized workers in Ohio remained relatively stable, according to a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But some experts disagree on what the trend means for state policy.
The budget Ohio's Legislature passed last year requires the state to apply for permission to impose work requirements on able-bodied Medicaid recipients. That could mean thousands of Ohioans could lose their health-care coverage.