Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) http://wvxu.org en Ohio posts surplus for first half of two-year budget http://wvxu.org/post/ohio-posts-surplus-first-half-two-year-budget <p>The state ended the first half of the two-year budget in the black – in a big way. State budget director Tim Keen says the fiscal year ended with an $800 million surplus:</p><blockquote><p>"We were able to close the year with tax receipts coming in modestly above estimate, about one percent above estimate; and spending, led by Medicaid spending, below the appropriated levels."</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:54:39 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 28769 at http://wvxu.org Ohio AG pleased with Hobby Lobby decision http://wvxu.org/post/ohio-ag-pleased-hobby-lobby-decision <p>The US Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case was a win for those who objected to the federal health care law’s requirement that the company offer insurance that covers contraceptives for women – and that includes Ohio’s Attorney General.</p><p>Mike DeWine is an avowed opponent of the Affordable Care Act and wrote a brief that was signed by Republican Attorneys General from 19 other states. DeWine said though it was a narrow decision, it was a significant one:</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:44:10 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 28672 at http://wvxu.org Governor signs bill creating two-year freeze on green energy standards http://wvxu.org/post/governor-signs-bill-creating-two-year-freeze-green-energy-standards <p>Gov. John Kasich has signed the controversial bill freezing Ohio's alternative energy standards for two years – becoming the first state in the country to pull back on green energy mandates.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:07:50 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 27967 at http://wvxu.org Ohio Supreme Court to hear arguments on traffic cameras Wednesday http://wvxu.org/post/ohio-supreme-court-hear-arguments-traffic-cameras-wednesday <p>The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a big case on the red light and speed cameras that some 15 Ohio communities are using.</p><p>The issue is not whether setting up cameras to catch red light runners and speeders is legal. It’s about whether requiring appeals of traffic camera citations to be heard by administrative hearing officers instead of in municipal court is legal. That is how most cities across the country deal with appeals of traffic camera tickets.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:57:18 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 27802 at http://wvxu.org Portman tours Columbus VA hospital http://wvxu.org/post/portman-tours-columbus-va-hospital <p>U.S. Senator Rob Portman said he thinks most Ohio veterans are getting good care, but he’s still concerned about the scandal over patient delays and falsified waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics across the country. Ohio’s Republican Senator toured a VA center in Columbus Friday, and said he got a good report on what’s happening there.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:37:40 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 27665 at http://wvxu.org Portman tours Columbus VA hospital