Andy Chow

Statehouse Reporter

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.

 

Andy gained his in-depth knowledge of Statehouse issues while working for Hannah News Service, an online-based news and research publication. He also participated in the Legislative Service Commission's Fellowship program as a production assistant for "The Ohio Channel."

 

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting at Otterbein University and took part in the Washington Semester program through American University in Washington, D.C.

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Voters from around the state and nation were keeping a close eye on Tuesday’s special election for the 12th Congressional District seat in central Ohio, not only to see who would replace longtime U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, who resigned in January, but to gauge where voters fall in the current political climate.

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OHIO CHANNEL

The Ohio Supreme Court has likely dealt the final blow to what was the state’s largest online charter school, ruling the state could base funding for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow on student participation, not enrollment.

The ruling means the Ohio Department of Education can continue clawing back what started as $80 million from ECOT. The state says that’s money ECOT received for students who weren’t participating in class.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The state’s budget office is forecasting a surplus at the end of this fiscal year. Gov. John Kasich says he wants to take that extra money and adjust withholdings, resulting in more money in Ohioans’ paychecks.

The plan is a spinoff of a tax cut the Ohio Legislature passed three years ago. That 6.3-percent cut is reflected in the annual tax refund, but Kasich wants people to see that money sooner.

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SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

The state is off to a better than expected fiscal year with revenues coming in slightly higher than estimates. The new fiscal year is seeing the continuation of at least one downward trending revenue source.

The revenue from personal income tax came in about $5 million short, or 0.8 percent of estimates, according to a preliminary report from the Office of Budget and Management

Director Tim Keen said, especially given this is the first report of the new fiscal year, that dip doesn’t cause a lot of concern yet.

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Opponents are fighting back against a statewide ballot measure that would reduce the penalties for drug offenders. Under Issue 1, minor drug-related offenses would not require prison time and would prioritize  treatment instead.

Paul Pfeifer, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice, is calling Issue 1 a “horrible idea.” He claims it will weaken law enforcement and takes a bargaining chip away from judges and prosecutors.

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