Budget cuts

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Feb. 4: 

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With just over a month before he takes office, Governor-elect Mike DeWine spoke to the leaders of the state’s 88 counties – who plan to pressure him for more funding in the upcoming budget process.

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A new report outlines specific risks to Ohio if proposed federal budget cuts to the U.S. EPA become a reality.

The Environmental Defense Fund study says both tourism and public health would be impacted by the cuts, which range from programs to improve water quality to studies on the effects of air pollution.

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Advocates for Ohio’s smallest communities say state lawmakers should slow down before passing a bill that limits how much they can collect in traffic fines.

H.B. 125, which passed the House unanimously, would cap fines collected by villages of fewer than 200 people. They can be no more than municipal courts would charge for similar violations.

Angela Lloyd
Ohio Legal Aid Assistance

President Donald Trump’s first budget outline calls for cutting all funding for legal aid services. What could that mean for individuals and communities in northeast Ohio? 

The president's proposed cuts would affect only legal aid to handle civil cases, not public defenders. Court-appointed lawyers for defendants who can’t afford them in criminal cases is constitutionally guaranteed.