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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.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The final version of the Ohio Senate’s budget is expected Wednesday. While there will certainly be some proposals added in, some things are unlikely to change – such as the money going to the local government fund, which has been decimated over the last eight years.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he's heard local governments' funding complaints and he has plans to help. Speaking in Cincinnati Friday afternoon at the Government Strategies lunchon, the first-term Republican says he knows the last eight years have been tough for counties, townships and municipalities.

As someone who grew up in Dayton and has called Cincinnati home since 1982, it is hard for me to imagine the mayors of the two central cities of my life talking to each other on a regular basis, much less liking each other.

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Ohio’s cities have seen about $450 million in cuts to their local government funds under Gov. John Kasich. The Ohio Municipal League, a lobby group that represents cities, is looking forward to establishing new relationships with Governor-elect Mike DeWine and the incoming legislature.

Pic: Gov.-elect Mike DeWine speaks at the winter gathering of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and the County Engineers Association of Ohio.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

With just over a month before he takes office, Gov.-elect Mike DeWine spoke to the leaders of the state’s 88 counties – who plan to pressure him for more funding in the upcoming budget process.

 Lake County Commissioner Dan Troy and Shelby County Commissioner Julie Ehemann call for future governor to support county governments by restoring revenue.
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Leaders from Ohio’s 88 counties are calling on two gubernatorial hopefuls to help mend the relationship between state and county governments. 

Center for Community Solutions researcher John Begala
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A study released in 2016 showed rural areas are disproportionately poor, uneducated and pay relatively high costs for crime and disability because of the loss of good jobs, local businesses and opioid abuse. But there’s an idea being floated to establish a special state fund for those rural counties.

The Ohio Statehouse
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The Kasich administration is proposing to change the way it distributes money to local governments. The Ohio governor’s plan would give precedence to communities with less capacity to raise their own funds.