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School bus.
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Republican Senate leaders have frozen the existing school funding formula in their version of the budget. So did the House, but it did add funding into services to help lower-income students. 

Ohio Senate Republicans made sweeping changes to the House version of the state budget, including larger tax cuts and restored tax breaks.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina)
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With the deadline to sign a new two-year budget a little over two weeks away, Ohio's state senators are releasing their proposal for that spending plan Tuesday. There are likely to be some changes from the $69 billion proposal that overwhelmingly passed the Ohio House last month.

The Ohio Senate will begin official hearings on the extensive energy bill that would redirect the state’s attention away from renewables and subsidize nuclear and coal instead. 

Students in the classroom
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A group of school districts that aren’t getting the money they say they are owed by the state’s school funding formula are threatening a federal lawsuit if the issue isn’t resolved.

A classroom at Cleveland's John Hay High School.
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Dozens of people lined up to voice their opposition to state takeovers of local school districts through the so-called Academic Distress Commission. The Ohio Senate is considering legislation that could repeal and replace the system that has been in place since 2015.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what legalized sports gambling will look like in Ohio. Brent Johnson, a reporter who covers the New Jersey Statehouse for the Star Ledger and NJ.com, joins the show.

A new program at Miami University Hamilton will allow pay for college expenses of students while they work part-time at a select local company.
Miami University

A state senator is touting a new program that he says can play a critical role in college affordability and workforce development by connecting college freshmen with employers.

Jody Davis, testifies at the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB11. She shares stories of discrimination as a transgender woman.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Several people identifying as LGBTQ went before an Ohio Senate committee to tell their stories of discrimination. They want lawmakers to approve the “Ohio Fairness Act,” a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the state’s anti-discrimination law. 

A deduction that allows many small businesses to take the first $250,000 of their income tax-free was cut back significantly in the Ohio House version of the budget. But senators may not vote to keep the change.

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The two-year state budget passed the Ohio House and is now in the hands of the Senate. But the chair of the Finance Committee says he has some concerns about the amount of spending.

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There’s a fight brewing over a small tax credit cut in the Ohio House version of the two-year state budget.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 13, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
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The Ohio House passed a two-year $69 million state spending plan last week that includes tax cuts and increases in spending for education and children services.

The plan now heads to the Ohio Senate. 

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

State Sen. Nicki Antonio (D-Lakewood)
Ohio House

Two Democratic state lawmakers say there’s too much untraceable money in political campaigns, so they want Ohio to do more to fight a U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate spending on elections. 

casino sports book
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Ohio lawmakers have been considering legalizing sports betting ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that states are allowed to do that. But there are two very different ideas on how to make that happen.

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