Scott Oelslager

a photo of hills and dales village sign

A Stark county community won a victory in the recent state budget, but it’s not clear how.  

Lawmakers inserted a provision that will allow the village of Hills and Dales to petition to move out of the Plain Local Schools and into the Jackson School district. It’s something some village residents have sought for more than a decade.

Canton Repository education reporter Kelli Weir has tried unsuccessfully to find out which lawmaker proposed the budget item.


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.

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A panel of six lawmakers charged with looking at some of the $9 billion in state tax breaks has recommended none of them be eliminated or cut back for now. Though nothing has changed, it seems few involved in the process are pleased.

Two years ago, every member of the Ohio legislature voted to create the Tax Review Expenditure Committee. It would look at all 129 loopholes, breaks and credits in the state tax code over the next eight years.

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The bill to clamp down on payday lending interest rates and fees has hit another wall. After passing out of the House with strong support, Senate Republicans have halted the bill in committee in order to consider possible changes.

Democrats on the committee tried to force a vote on the bill, but Senate Republicans were able to rally enough opposition to stop that vote.

Photo of Senators Scott Oelslager and President Larry Obhof

State lawmakers have introduced their plan to spend more than $2.6 billion on capital improvements throughout Ohio. 

Republican Sen. Scott Oelslager says the new capital budget allows about $600 million for building new schools and around $483 million for colleges and universities. And he says it allocates new spending to deal with Ohio’s opioid crisis.