The first Democrat to join the race for his party’s nomination for governor has become the first to announce a running mate. Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) has picked state Board of Education member Stephanie Dodd as his potential lieutenant governor.
2017 ends with some big decisions coming out of the Ohio Supreme Court. But there are key rulings ahead on abortion clinics in Toledo and Cleveland. And there are still big questions about the future of the state’s largest online charter school, and about the future of one of the Court’s own members.
2018 is expected to be a record year for road construction, with the Ohio Department of Transportation planning to spend $2.4 billion maintaining and building roads and bridges. But the agency’s director is worried about funding for ODOT down the road.
This year’s biggest drama at the Ohio Statehouse centered around the ongoing struggles between Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-controlled Legislature. They culminated in a continuing battle over vetoes.
Tax departments throughout the state are fielding questions from taxpayers about the pre-payment of local tax bills. Some are considering paying taxes by the end of 2017 so they can still deduct them from their taxes under new tax rules going into effect.
This year saw a lot of talk at the Ohio Statehouse over big blockbuster issues that have been stewing in the legislature for a while. But after all that talk, several of these issues didn’t really go anywhere.
This was a budget year, and there was a looming deficit lawmakers had to deal with. That took up a lot of lawmakers' time, but they passed other laws affecting baseball, sales tax breaks and workers' compensation.