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st day of the 2017 Ohio State Fair, killing one man at the scene. A woman died from her injuries months later.
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Next week’s opening of the Ohio State Fair will mark two years since a fairgoer died when a ride fell apart.

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The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
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Ohio lawmakers are racing to meet the Wednesday deadline to pass a two-year state budget.

Lawmakers passed an interim budget on June 30, giving themselves another 17 days to reach a compromise.

Today on the Weekly Reporter Roundtable, the state of the state spending plan and more.

Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) is one of three Senators and four Republicans on the six member conference committee.
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It’s almost two weeks into the state’s new budget year, and there’s still no permanent two-year operating budget.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted at the Opportunity Zones Showcase in Columbus, where he unveiled the marketing platform for opportunity zones to share details on places and projects available for investment.
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Ohio has been operating under a temporary budget for a week and a half. But Lt. Gov. Jon Husted isn't too worried about the budget stalemate, which must be resolved by next week.

The Ohio Office of Budget Management is instructing state agency directors to keep a close watch on their spending during the 17-day budget extension.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Ohio is operating on temporary funding since lawmakers failed to pass a new two-year state budget by the constitutionally-mandated June 30 deadline. The delay has Democrats wondering whether time spent on controversial abortion laws could have better used hammering out budget details.

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Jul 8, 2019
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A federal judge last week temporarily blocked an Ohio ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The decision benefits both abortion-rights supporters and opponents.

Supporters are pleased that the ban won’t immediately take effect. Opponents celebrate this next step in their hopes of reversing the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

Today on the Weekly Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: The abortion ban, the delayed state budget and more.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, shakes hands with Ohio House speaker Larry Householder after delivering the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Ohio lawmakers failed to reach a state budget agreement by the midnight deadline, missing the mark for a spending deal for the new two-year cycle. Because the House and Senate couldn’t reach a compromise, both chambers passed a temporary budget extension to keep the government running. 

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Jul 1, 2019
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State lawmakers failed this weekend to strike a deal on a two-year operating budget and instead took steps to keep state government open for the next 17 days.

It's the first time since 2009 that lawmakers have missed the legal deadline to adopt an operating budget. 

Today on our weekly Reporter Roundtable, the state of the state budget, and more. 

Senate Finance Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) gestures during a discussion about the Ohio Senate version of the budget as President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) looks on.
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With hours to go before the deadline for a two-year operating budget to be signed, and negotiations stalled with the Ohio House, the Ohio Senate approved a deal that would extend it for 17 days.

Ohio Senate president Larry Obhof is defending income tax cuts in their version of the budget, which must be finalized by this weekend.
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It’s looking like the conference committee working on a compromise state budget will stretch into the weekend – with the budget-signing deadline approaching on Sunday night. Among the differences between the Ohio House and Senate versions is an income tax cut and a small business tax break. 

An online university that started offering classes in Ohio a year ago is now a point of difference in the budget process – with the House stripping recognition for Western Governors University and the Senate bringing it back.

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There are a lot of differences that lawmakers are working out in the House and Senate versions of the two-year state budget. But one thing that’s in both: a lot more funding to pay for defense of very low-income defendants in county courts.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

Ohio’s two-year state budget is headed to a conference committee this week to work out significant differences between the House and Senate versions. There isn’t much time to deal, because the budget must be signed by Sunday night.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio Senate passed a budget last week that includes a set of high school graduation requirements, which could settle an issue that the state has been struggling with for years.

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