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Dog breeders unhappy after getting state notices designed for puppy mills

Dog breeder Cathy Talik has been raising miniature schnauzers for more than 20 years.She provides customers with healthy, show-quality dogs and an alternative to shopping mass breeders or large pet-store chains, says the 75-year-old from London, west of Columbus.But Talik says the combination of two Ohio laws aimed at illegal and inhumane breeding practices is threatening the business that she runs with her husband, Mike.Senate Bill 331, which became law in […]

Lawmakers now must decide whether to back major gas tax increase

Perhaps the only thing more plentiful than the potholes on Ohio’s roads these days is the angst inside the Statehouse among lawmakers staring down a proposed $1.2 billion annual gas tax increase.So far, no one is arguing that Ohio doesn’t need more money for road construction and maintenance. And Gov. Mike DeWine showed he’s not about to tiptoe around the problem, proposing in his two-year, $7.4 billion transportation budget an 18-cent tax increase on a gallon of gas that would take […]

Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman ducks where he stands on Donald Trump 'emergency'

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman doesn’t care for President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency.The Ohio Republican would have preferred for Congress to fully fund Trump’s request to extend the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.And, Trump’s move to circumvent legislative authority and grab other federal funds to erect border barriers is troubling and could set a bad precedent, Portman says.But, all that said, Portman refuses to say whether he supports or opposes Trump’s […]

DeWine wants entire 18-cent gas-tax hike imposed at once

Gov. Mike DeWine wants all of his requested 18-cents-a-gallon increase in the gasoline tax to maintain and upgrade Ohio’s roads and bridges imposed July 1, with no phase in.Prior increases in the state gas tax have been phased over a few of years. In his transportation budget submitted Thursday morning to the House Finance Committee, DeWine […]

A mileage tax for non-gasoline vehicles? Oregon plan mentioned as possibility

Ohio lawmakers may one day have other transportation revenue options besides a gas tax, but that day doesn’t appear to be in the near future.Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine will propose raising the state’s 28-cent gas tax by 18 cents, and lawmakers have been asking whether alternatives exist.Ohio Trucking Association president Tom Balzer, […]

DeWine proposing 18-cent increase in state gas tax, generating $1.2 billion

Gov. Mike DeWine will propose an 18-cents a gallon increase in the gasoline tax to maintain and upgrade Ohio’s roads and bridges in the transportation budget he submits to lawmakers Thursday.That would amount to a 64 percent increase in the state’s current 28-cent gas tax, which the state transportation director has said is insufficient for the state and local governments to maintain current roads or finish major new construction projects.DeWine revealed the number […]

DeWine supports gas tax hike to raise highway cash — the increase could be big

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will propose an increase in the gasoline tax — and it could be a sizable one — to fix and improve Ohio’s crumbling roads and bridges.The first-year Republican would not reveal the size of the proposed hike.DeWine told reporters the recommended increase would maintain the status quo of highway maintenance and some major projects. That would require another $600 million per year, or an additional 14 […]

New report highlights continued struggle of Ohio's online charter schools

Overall academic performance at Ohio charter schools is a mixed bag, a new analysis released Tuesday says, but one fact is clear: Students at online charters are performing significantly worse.Online charter school students in Ohio get 71 fewer days of learning growth compared with students at brick-and-mortar charters for reading, and 130 fewer days in math, according to a new study of charter school performance by […]

Yost promises more action against pharmacy middlemen: 'They took our money'

Ohio’s first steps toward legal action against pharmacy middlemen are far from its last, Attorney General Dave Yost said Tuesday.With a change in governors, the new attorney general predicted more transparency and accountability for companies handling billions of dollars worth of drug transactions.Yost was speaking at an Associated Press legislative preview about his office’s first steps to […]

DeWine supports gas tax hike to raise highway cash -- the increase could be big

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will propose an increase in the gasoline tax — and it could be a sizable one — to fix and improve Ohio’s crumbling roads and bridges.The first-year Republican would not reveal the size of the proposed hike.DeWine told reporters the recommended increase would maintain the status quo of highway maintenance and some major projects. That would require another $600 million per year, or an additional 14 cents a […]

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