Columbus, OH – The fate of this year's 4.2% state income tax cut remains in legislative limbo. The Ohio House has approved a two-year delay, but a key swing group of Republicans who control the Ohio Senate say they won't go along, unless they get changes in the way construction projects are handled at state universities. Minority Senate Democrats insist they won't go along with that. The impasse was obvious Monday as the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on proposed construction reforms. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
Columbus, OH – The impasse in the Ohio legislature over how to fill a projected $851 million state budget gap continues, with no end in sight. Some majority Republicans in the Ohio Senate have agreed to go along with a plan by Democrats to delay this year's 4.2% state income tax cut. The Republicans are asking for changes in rules for state university building projects. The Democrats don't like that idea. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
Columbus, OH – For the first time, some of the majority Republicans in the Ohio Senate say they're willing to go along with a Democratic plan to delay all of this year's 4.5% state income tax cut, in order to plug a multi-million dollar hole in the state budget. But there's a new sticking point preventing a final compromise on a budget fix. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
Columbus, OH – After five months of investigation, the Columbus city School Board hear recomendations last night to close 9 schools and change the way students are assigned. But as Alison Holm reports, the board decide to temporarily postpone any decisions.
Columbus, OH – Ohio lawmakers have taken the first step in what seems to be a sensible idea-- moving oversight of the state's 160 mega-farms designated as concentrated animal feeding operations into the Department of Agriculture. But as statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, the plan has its critics.