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Gov. Mike DeWine is standing behind the numbers used to create his budget, as Republican House Speaker Larry Householder suggests he’s leaning toward more conservative numbers from the legislature’s economic analysts.  

Researchers for the Legislative Budget Office or LBO said they think the state will have half a billion dollars less in tax revenue for the two-year budget that starts in July than DeWine’s budget office has projected. And the LBO is suggesting lawmakers cut the spending increase in DeWine’s budget by 25 percent. But DeWine is confident in his spending plan.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Republican Senate leaders say they plan on making more changes to the transportation budget, which might include making further cuts to the proposed gas tax increase which currently stands at a nearly 11-cent hike. 

DeWine has said his original 18-cent gas tax increase, which would also be indexed to inflation so it could rise, is the bare minimum to maintain and repair roads and bridges.

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  In a residential area on the motorcade route, Terri Morris put a sign in her front yard reading ‘Bring Back Honesty, Trump has to go.’

 

But even Morris was caught in the pomp and circumstance of the presidential motorcade, and says she ran outside to take a video when the president drove by.

 

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Republican Senate leaders say it’s very likely they will make changes to the proposed gas tax increase. But that change was not included in the latest revision to the state’s transportation budget bill.

The House passed a 10.7-cent increase to the gas tax over the next two years. That means a driver would pay 38.7 cents a gallon in state tax when they fill up their tank.

a photo of House leaders Emilia Sykes and Larry Householder
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio House is now streaming more committee hearings online through the purchase and installation of new cameras at the Statehouse. This is part of the new effort to expand transparency in the bill making process. 

Republican House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and Democratic Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) unveiled the latest committee room to be equipped with robotic cameras. Committee hearings in that room will now be streamed and available on-demand by The Ohio Channel at OhioChannel.org.

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