Columbus, OH – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland's proposed two-year state budget includes more than one billion dollars in new fees. And some, but not all, of the affected groups are complaining. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
Columbus, OH – Federal records show Ohio is among the states that have the most toxic coal ash stored in power plant ponds. It's a practice the federal government has long recognized as a risk to human health and the environment but has left unregulated. Man-made lagoons in 32 states hold millions of tons of ash trapped by equipment designed to reduce air pollution from coal-fired power plants. One of these surface ponds collapsed in December in Tennessee, threatening drinking water.
Columbus, OH – Four years ago, Republicans who then dominated the Ohio legislature passed a major tax reform plan. The plan approved on a party line vote changed taxes on familes and businesses. Despite the partisan vote, the man who's been Ohio's top jobs official for the past 2 years--a longtime Democrat--is praising the reforms, especially the ones impacting companies. That along with the recession is sparking renewed debate. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.