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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.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

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.

Austin Place development just west of the Hilltop. Columbus is struggling to build enough housing to accomodate its rapidly growing population.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Under the 90-degree sun, two men in hard hats install air conditioners in the backs of apartments. A second pair climbs ladders to install windows, while another drills screws into white-painted doors.

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.

When President Trump announced he was naming Army Secretary Mark Esper to be the acting secretary of defense on Tuesday, he was following a familiar pattern. The president has made a habit of filling key vacancies with acting heads throughout his administration.

There is one other acting Cabinet member: acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement? Acting.

Columbus Urban League president Stephanie Hightower at a press conference announcing Franklin County's new poverty reduction plan.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday announced a plan to reduce poverty in Central Ohio.

Elizabeth Brown

Columbus City Council will introduce the capital improvement budget, which they developed with community input, at its meeting Monday night.

Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

Mayor Andrew Ginther formally introduces his capital improvement budget at Monday’s Columbus City Council meeting.

A Republican former state lawmaker from Northeast Ohio is taking on a new job in the administration of Gov. Mike DeWine.

Sarah LaTourette left the Ohio House on Sunday and started work Monday as director of Ohio Family and Children First. The organization works with county-level councils to help kids who receive state services, such as mental health or foster care.

Ohio House

A new bill in the Ohio House would crack down on elected officials at all levels who fail to show up to do those jobs. 

Child Injury Prevention Alliance

The city of Columbus is hiring more minoriy candidates as Columbus Police officers and firefighters. Officials give part of the credit to a two-year-old effort that includes residents in the hiring process as communitiy evaluators.

A nationwide report released Tuesday looks at how federal dollars are being spent on the opioid epidemic. The study from the Bipartisan Policy Center drills down on five states in particular, including Ohio, where federal spending increased from $10 per person in 2017 to $19 last year.

Mass transit advocates in Ohio got a huge surprise in the House version of the transportation budget – funding for public transportation soared by 150% over Gov. Mike DeWine’s original proposal.  And they're hoping the Senate will go along with that too.

highway in Columbus
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

There are some big changes in the transportation budget passed by the House compared to the proposal from Gov. Mike DeWine, who has said an 18 cent gas tax hike is needed to maintain and repair Ohio’s roads.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Columbus.
Ty Greenlees / AP/Dayton Daily News, Pool

Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to bolster arguments for raising the Ohio gas tax by 18 cents, promote programs to improve children's lives and discuss plans for fighting the opioid epidemic in the Republican governor's first State of the State speech Tuesday.

You can stream his speech below, courtesy of ideastream. The speech is set to begin at noon.

New Columbus City Council member Rob Dorans.
Clare Roth / WOSU

Rob Dorans will be sworn in this week as the latest member of Columbus City Council.

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