Ohio Ag Department offering 2019 funding for agricultural easement purchase program

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced that eight land trusts, four counties and 15 Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. These organizations will receive allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to select, close and monitor easements under the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). LAEPP […]

State cancels $1 billion medicaid cut to Ohio hospitals

The state has canceled a planned $1.1 billion Ohio Medicaid cut to hospitals, saying an uptick in the economy and reshuffling money in the health care program has prevented the reduction. The cut would have represented 5 percent of what Ohio Medicaid pays hospitals to treat some 3 million program recipients who qualify based on […]

Inspector General report finds Marion inmates pirated movies, accessed personal information, and built computers from spare parts

Inmates at Ohio’s Marion Correctional Institution assembled several dozen computers from various parts, pirated software and illegally copied movies to broadcast on the prison movie network, an investigation from the state inspector general has found. The findings, released in a report Tuesday, stemmed from a previous 2017 investigation that found inmates hacked into the prison […]

BMV will stop printing licenses onsite starting this summer

In an effort to ensure greater security and identification protection for customers, and to comply with federal regulations, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is introducing a single, central point of production for state driver licenses and identification cards, effective July 2, 2018. Licenses and identification cards will no longer be produced while you wait […]

Skill games to be licensed, regulated by Ohio Casino Control Commission

Games of skill, from claw machines that nab prizes to arcade games that issue tokens or tickets, will now be licensed and regulated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The commission, which was given oversight of the games by state law in 2015, has developed rules and license fees, which are expected to go into […]

Ohio Digital Library adds deaf culture and American Sign Language collection

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the Ohio Digital Library now includes a collection of eBooks and videos about Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL). The collection includes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults and covers many aspects of Deaf culture and ASL including language, history, education and instruction. The […]

Following appointment of DeGenaro, Ohio Supreme Court 100 percent Republican with female majority

Youngstown-area appellate court Judge Mary DeGenaro will fill a spot on the Ohio Supreme Court vacated this month by William O’Neill, returning the court to complete Republican control. Gov. John Kasich announced Thursday he chose DeGenaro, a Republican elected in 2000 to the Seventh District Court of Appeals, to replace O’Neill, a Democrat resigning to […]

Marion’s unemployment rate jumped in December

Marion County’s unemployment jumped higher in December 2017 to 4.0 percent, up from 4.4 percent in November 2017. The rate remains a tick lower than a year ago when it stood at 5.0 percent. The local rate increase came from 100 more people reported as unemployed and 100 fewer people listed in the available workforce. […]

Ohio’s minimum wage to increase 15 cents in 2018

Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase on January 1, 2018, to $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.15 per hour for tipped employees. The minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $305,000 per year. The current 2017 Ohio minimum wage is $8.15 per hour for […]

Kenton and Upper Sandusky cited in State Auditor’s report on financial health

Nine cities, including Kenton and Upper Sandusky, and one county are showing signs of financial stress for fiscal year 2016, with nearly two-thirds of Ohio’s county governments showing an increase in the number of “critical” or “cautionary” warnings, according to the second annual “Financial Health Indicators” report. Auditor of State Dave Yost in January unveiled […]