Governor warns next year’s State budget will be “tight”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday that the next state budget will be “tight” following lower-than-anticipated state revenues. “There’s not going to be a lot of growth in any [state] program,” Kasich told reporters in suburban Columbus. “It’s going to be tight. There’s not going to be an ability to give significant percentage increases.” At […]

Ohio secures public interest price freeze from Naloxone provider

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that Adapt Pharma will freeze the Public Interest Price for its naloxone nasal spray for Ohio over the next year. Ohio is currently the only state in the country that has secured a price freeze with the company. When given to a person overdosing on opioids such as […]

State per capita tax revenue up, ranks low among other states

The state of Ohio took in more tax money in 2015 than the previous year, but still ranks among the lowest taxing states, according to new estimates released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Ohio took in $28.3 billion in 2015, which on a per capita basis amounted to $2,437 – up about $100 per […]

Analysis suggests medical marijuana could generate $400 million in sales in Ohio

Sales of medical marijuana in Ohio could reach $400 million, making it one of the largest medical marijuana markets in the country, according to a preliminary analysis by national trade publication Marijuana Business Daily. The publication estimates Ohio retail dispensary sales could total between $200 million, on the low end, and as much as $400 […]

Another $30 million place in State’s rainy day fund, revenue outlook cut

Ohio’s rainy day fund, which serves as a reserve for hard times, grew by nearly $30 million Wednesday to a record $2.034 billion. State budget Director Timothy Keen announced the $29.5 million deposit into the account — formally known as the Budget Stability Fund — was possible because of a stronger-than-expected balance from the 2016 […]

Marion youth appointed to Ohio Teen Ambassador Board

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced the members of his office’s 2016-2017 Teen Ambassador Board. Those members include a Marion student. Harding High School’s Anthony Miller will join more than 230 high school juniors and seniors as part of this year’s board. They represent over 50 counties and more than 150 schools. Their average […]

State school board hires new superintendent

The state school board has unanimously named education consultant and former state budget director Paolo DeMaria as Ohio’s new state superintendent. DeMaria has extensive finance experience as an advisor for the state Senate, for former governors George Voinovich and Bob Taft and for the Ohio Department of Education. He has also served as executive vice […]

Marion officer appointed to Attorney General advisory group on pursuits

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday the formation of the Attorney General’s Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Vehicular Pursuits. The group will include Lt. James Fitsko of the Marion Police Department. Attorney General DeWine created the group to examine the issue of law enforcement pursuits and to identify or create a model vehicle pursuit […]

Ohio Attorney General encourages high school students to apply for Teen Ambassador Board

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that his office is now accepting applications for its Teen Ambassador Board. The Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board advises the office on issues related to teens. Board members serve a one-year term during which they convene twice in Columbus. They work in groups to propose solutions to […]

Ohio liquor sales hit another record high

The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control reported today that the dollar sales of spirituous liquor reached a record level in 2015, totaling more than $1 billion ($1,018,126,447). This was an increase of 7.34 percent, exceeding last year’s total by $70 million. “Today’s consumers are seeking quality over quantity and buying more premium […]