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The Senate has unveiled its version of the two-year state budget. It dedicates even more money for the state to fight the opioid epidemic and includes more money for most schools. But it also comes with spending cuts for state agencies and outright elimination of some programs. 

Ohio’s largest online charter school has promised to continue its legal battle with the state department of education. But the state school board still voted today to require the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow to return $60 million in overpayments for students it couldn’t prove were enrolled full time.

The Senate has unveiled its version of the two-year state budget. It dedicates even more money for the state to fight the opioid epidemic and includes more money for most schools. But it also comes with spending cuts for state agencies and outright elimination of some programs.

Senators will unveil their version of the state budget today – they needed to trim hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure it’s balanced. But critics are pointing to a small business tax cut as the reason the state’s tax revenues are short by nearly a billion dollars.

Ohio will be getting 700 new jobs. UnitedHealth Group will be adding those jobs at a new facility just north of Columbus.

State lawmakers are considering a new bill to reform the Bureau of Workers' Compensation. It would make key changes to the program, like reducing extended injured worker benefits for retirees. And it would also change the name of the agency.

Several Ohio cities, colleges and universities are joining a nationwide alliance to create a show of force to the country that they’re dedicated to fighting climate change. The effort comes just days after the U.S. announced plans to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. But the alliance in Ohio seems to stop at the local level.

State lawmakers have been working to find ways to trim $800 million in spending from the next two-year budget. And that’s one reason why a $5 million allocation to a new program at Ohio State University has gotten some attention. Another is it came from the House Speaker.

Members of unions representing retired school workers are taking action to make sure Ohio lawmakers don’t freeze or cut cost of living allowances in their pensions. 

A controversial abortion bill that Governor Kasich vetoed at the end of last year has been reintroduced in the Ohio legislature. 

A study from a pro-charter school group shows that open enrollment in public schools helped students – in one population, their grades dramatically improved.

One of the nation’s largest health insurers says it will stop offering policies in the Ohio marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act.

Farmers all around Ohio are turning to lawmakers to help fix what they see as a major crisis. Taxes on their land have been soaring. But making a change to the tax formula could do some damage to a different industry.

Senators are preparing to put out their version of the state budget, in which they need to trim hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure it’s balanced. And now the state budget office is reporting another big loss in tax collections for the current fiscal year.

Nearly all of Ohio’s public school students are taking tests online. But one state lawmaker wants to preserve the pencil and paper option. The state school superintendent appeared on "The State of Ohio" this weekend, and said he's not impressed with that idea.

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