Governor Mike DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is ordering the state to conduct monthly inspections of the Cuyahoga County Jail, threatening "additional legal action" if conditions at the facility don't improve.

The governor's office has also asked the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to more than double the staff of the bureau that conducts jail inspections, according to a Thursday news release.

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Gov. Mike DeWine said he wants lawmakers to erase a change made to a small business tax deduction that allows many sole proprietorships, partnerships and other small operations to take the first quarter million dollars of their income tax free. DeWine spoke about it before the National Federation of Independent Business Ohio.

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Gov. Mike DeWine requested help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for 10 counties that suffered damage from tornadoes that ripped through Ohio Tuesday morning.

One person died in Tuesday’s storms. But DeWine, who toured the damage with his wife Fran, said it could have been worse.

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A transportation budget bill is headed to Gov. Mike DeWine’s office for his signature. He says he approves of the House and Senate deal that increases the gas tax by 10.5 cents, but it might only be a short-term fix to the state’s construction budget gap.

Drivers will be asked to pay more at the gas pump starting in July. Ohio lawmakers voted to raise the tax on gas by 10.5 cents, making the state tax total 38.5 cents a gallon.

The deal with the House and Senate also included a 19-cent increase to the diesel fuel tax.

SUMMIT COUNTY EXECUTIVE'S OFFICE

Summit County officials have reached out to Ohio leaders, asking them to find a way to keep the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants open.

Negotiations Continue on Gas Tax Hike

Mar 28, 2019
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Ohio lawmakers continue to work behind closed doors on hammering out an agreement over how much to increase Ohio’s gas tax. 

Gov. Mike DeWine wants an 18-cent increase on a gallon of gas. The Ohio House has approved an increase just under 11 cents. The Ohio Senate has proposed a six-cent increase. And Senate spokesman John Fortney said taxpayers have their own ideas.

“Certainly, a lot of calls, the majority of calls that have come into the senate offices, have been overwhelmingly against a major increase in the gas tax.”

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State lawmakers are entering a final week of negotiations on the transportation budget.

And the Republican Senate president is saying the competing proposals are closer than they appear, despite big differences on how much the gas tax will increase.

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Gov. Mike DeWine is trying a last ditch effort to push lawmakers back toward the gas tax increase that he originally proposed – which they slashed dramatically. 

Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports he’s driving home his concerns about safety as the transportation budget goes to a conference committee.

Flanked by officials from ODOT and public safety, and holding a report listing Ohio’s 150 most dangerous intersections, DeWine thanked lawmakers for passing their transportation budgets – the House’s with a 10.7 cent gas tax increase and the Senate’s with 6 cents.

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The Ohio Senate is preparing to roll out its revised version of the transportation budget, which right now includes a gas tax hike of just under 11 cents. Republican leaders have hinted at some possible changes that could lead to debate among the Senate, House, and governor’s office. 

Gov. Mike DeWine said an 18-cent gas tax increase will help Ohio keep up with major infrastructure costs. The House brought it down to a 10.7-cent increase over a two-year span.

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Gov. Mike DeWine was in Akron Wednesday, telling business leaders that his proposed increase in the state gas tax is crucial for Ohio’s economy.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine doesn’t think there should be a federal hike in the gas tax. 

DeWine said increasing the federal gas tax wouldn’t be good for Ohioans.

“I’d rather for our drivers to pay money and let it stay right here in Ohio with no one taking anything off the top than for us to send it to Washington and let them skim some off and send it back to us.  We are a donor state. We contribute more in federal taxes than we get back in regard to the gasoline tax.”

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Mike DeWine has signed his first bill as governor. Lawmakers say the bill corrects what they believed to be an oversight in last year’s self-defense gun bill - an oversight that could’ve resulted in banning shotguns and rifles, such as AR-15’s.

After a topsy turvy lame duck session last year, the so called “Stand Your Ground” bill went through several changes, including removing the “Stand Your Ground” language. But it passed with what gun rights groups say was an error that could be translated as a gun ban.

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Hours after Gov. Mike DeWine’s State of the State speech in which he argued for an 18 cent gas tax increase to fund road repair and maintenance, state lawmakers cut his request dramatically.  

“Beginning October 1, 2019, Ohio’s motor vehicle fuel tax will be increased by 10.7 cents on gasoline and 20 cents on diesel.” House Finance Committee chair Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) said it’ll be phased in over three years to raise $872 million, and it won’t be indexed to inflation, so it won’t increase every year.