Joe Schiavoni

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Democratic leaders are calling on the state to release some of the $2.7 billion in the state’s rainy day fund.  One senator said that money can be used to invest in the people.

Democratic Sen. Joe Schiavoni is once again saying it’s time to use some savings to show communities the state cares about them by spending it on things like broadband internet, universal preschool and infrastructure.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, June 6:

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In many rural areas, broadband service remains limited, cost-prohibitive or unavailable altogether. State lawmakers have proposed two bills to change that.  But as Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, the bills appear to be stalled. 

There are two Ohios, one with high-speed internet service and the other without. Sen. Joe Schiavoni says when he was running for governor in the Democratic primary, he heard from people who wanted to start or expand businesses in the parts of Ohio that lack reliable broadband service.

Photos of Joe Schiavoni, Richard Cordray, Justice Bill O'Neill and Dennis Kucinich.
JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The four major Democratic candidates running for governor in Tuesday’s primary are making their cases to voters in the last days of this campaign.

Former AG and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray, former Cleveland Mayor and former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni and former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill all say they’ll be focusing on grass-roots campaigning.

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the candidates will need to motivate their voters since the party didn’t endorse any of them.

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M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

It’s crunch time for the four Democratic gubernatorial candidates who want to be Ohio’s next governor. They are making their final pitches to primary voters during the last days  of their campaigns.

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