Appeals Court sides with Marion man in lawsuit over rock thrown from mower

After the Ohio Supreme Court concluded in 2016 that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) wasn’t immune from a lawsuit by a Marion man struck in the face by a rock when fishing at Indian Lake State Park. The department agreed to settled the case for $70,000. The Ohio Court of Claims on August 2 […]

Record amount of missing money returned through State’s unclaimed funds division

The Division of Unclaimed Funds returned more than $96.4 million to Ohioans in Fiscal Year 2017. That is an 18 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2016, when $81.4 million was returned. Division staff paid more than 60,000 claims, and the average claim was $1,598. “Thanks to the hard work and diligence of Division staff, more […]

Ohio delays executions while appealing court decision over drug protocol

Execution dates for nine death row inmates have been delayed while the state continues its appeal of a court decision blocking use of its lethal injection protocol. Nine executions were pushed back in a revised schedule released Monday by Gov. John Kasich. The next execution, of Akron child killer Ronald Phillips, was rescheduled for July […]

Comparison shows Ohio’s state income tax “a bargain” in the region

You might not think so at tax time, but Ohio’s state income tax is actually “a bargain” in comparison to other states regionally. In advance of Tuesday’s tax filing deadline, ran a series of basic income and family-size scenarios through the tax forms for Ohio and its five neighboring states – Pennsylvania, West Virginia, […]

State transportation bill includes provisions for raising cost of vehicle registrations

The state legislature on Wednesday passed a $7.8 billion transportation bill, despite many lawmakers’ opposition to removing earmarks for local transportation projects and public transit. The two-year transportation budget cleared the House in a 88-16 vote and the Senate in a 28-5 vote Wednesday. The transportation budget is separate from the main operating budget and […]

State offers ‘Welcome to Medicare’ online webinars

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced ‘Welcome to Medicare’ online webinars are available for Ohioans newly eligible for Medicare in 2017.  ‘Welcome to Medicare’ webinars are sponsored monthly by the Ohio Department of Insurance and are designed to help the more than 100,000 soon-to-be Medicare recipients learn more about health insurance coverage options. “We want […]

Marion County passes State Auditor report with no issues, City of Marion shows three concerns

Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost Thursday released a new tool to help cities and counties better assess their financial health and make informed budgetary decisions to avoid potential future fiscal stress. “This effort has one goal: Help improve the financial health of our communities by providing a ‘fiscal physical’ to pinpoint potential problem areas,” […]

Federal magistrate rules against Ohio death penalty method

A federal magistrate judge on Thursday barred the use of a three-drug cocktail the state of Ohio planned to use to execute death-row inmates, declaring the method the state prefers to be unconstitutional. Magistrate Judge Michael Merz of Dayton also halted the executions of three inmates scheduled to be executed in the coming months, two […]

2016 was Ohio’s 7th consecutive year of record new business filing

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that 2016, with 105,009 new filings, was a record-breaking year for new businesses forming in the Buckeye State. This marks the seventh consecutive year the state has seen a record number of new entities filing to do business. The previous record was set in 2015 when 97,746 […]

Governor warns Ohio on verge of recession as tax revenue falls

Gov. John Kasich warned lawmakers Tuesday that Ohio is “on the verge of a recession” as state tax revenues continue to fall short of expectations. According to Kasich’s budget office, state tax income revenue was $99 million, or 5 percent, below projections, the second straight month revenue has been lower than anticipated. So far this […]