Controlling Board Members From the front to the back – Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Port Clinton), Rep. Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky), Controlling Board Secretary Anne Dean, Controlling Board President Randy Cole, and Sen. Bill Coley (R-Cincinnati).
A legislative panel at the Ohio Statehouse has approved a plan to allow the state to accept $2.5 billion in federal money to be used to expand Medicaid. But the move isn’t doing much to end the fight over the controversial issue.
As expected the Ohio Controlling board voted to expand Medicaid with two Republicans voting for it. The move allows the state’s Medicaid Director to draw down the money to expand Medicaid and allow 275 thousand low income Ohioans to get on the program.
When out-of-towners stay in are hotels, Hamilton County benefits from the transit occupancy tax.
The tourist tax was used to build the Cincinnati and Sharonville convention centers. A large portion is still used to cover the debt service on those projects and the rest goes to the Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tourism.
Monday, the County Administration laid out options to County Commissioners for pulling back some of those revenues and using them elsewhere.