PUCO approves Dominion tax cut rate reductions

COLUMBUS, Dec. 4, 2019 – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today adopted an agreement that authorized Dominion Energy Ohio (Dominion) to establish a credit on gas customer bills to reflect the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 on its rates.

Ohio Association of Foodbanks Statement on Federal SNAP Attacks Media Statement from Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) remains under attack by state and federal policymakers. The Trump administration and the Agriculture Department today issued its final rule to stiffen work requirements for 700,000 Americans who turn to SNAP to help them purchase nutritious food for themselves and their families.

Additional Credentials Approved for TechCred Funding

COLUMBUS, Dec. 3 — Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, today announced that 219 additional technology-focused credentials have been approved for inclusion and potential funding through the TechCred program.

Brown’s Legislation To Stop Animal Cruelty Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2 – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced his Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was signed into law before the Thanksgiving holiday last week. The PACT Act makes the gruesome torture and killing of animals a federal offense and makes it easier to prosecute those involved in animal cruelty.

Governor DeWine Visits Schools, Highlights Investment For K-12 Prevention Education

COLUMBUS, Nov. 26 — Amid an ongoing national drug epidemic and a spike in suicide deaths among young people, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today visited with students and school staff in Franklin, Hamilton, and Lawrence counties to highlight a significant state investment in prevention education services for students in grades K-12. Governor DeWine was joined by Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Director Lori Criss, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, RecoveryOhio Director Alisha Nelson, and Director of Children’s Initiatives LeeAnne Cornyn.

During Brown Questioning, Expert Witnesses In Alzheimer’s Hearing Underscore Importance Of Aca, Paid Family Leave

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 27 – In Case You Missed It, in a Senate Finance Health Subcommittee hearing entitled “Alzheimer’s Awareness: Barriers to Diagnosis, Treatment and Care Coordination,” U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) questioned expert witnesses who underscored the importance of protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and securing paid leave for caregivers caring for those with Alzheimer's Disease.

November Leading Month for Cooking Fires in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Nov. 22 – Busy and inattentive home chefs during the Thanksgiving holiday are a big reason November is one of the leading months for cooking-related fires in Ohio. State officials are urging patience and focus to decrease the chances of injury and property damage.

InnovateOhio, OBM Design Tool to Identify Duplicate Payments

COLUMBUS, Nov. 22 — Starting in Spring 2019, the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) began working with InnovateOhio data analytics professionals to develop a way to identify duplicate payments in the state government accounting system. Duplicate payments are common across industries and, with more than 18 million transactions annually, modern data tools and methods allowed Ohio to detect subtle duplications that escape human review.

On Senate Floor, Brown Demands Passage Of Legislation To Extend Critical Funding For HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges And Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 12 – In Case You Missed It, on the Senate floor last night, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined his colleagues in calling for Senate passage of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, bipartisan legislation to extended Title III mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Minority Servicing Intuitions (MSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Mandatory funding for these institutions lapsed on September 30. Republicans once again rejected an effort to pass the legislation last night and counter offered with a piecemeal approach that has no path forward. Brown rejected the piecemeal approach.

Husted, Sprague Announce New OhioCheckbook.com Partnership

COLUMBUS, Nov. 20 — Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Treasurer Robert Sprague today announced a new joint initiative to ensure OhioCheckbook.com remains a valued resource for taxpayers for years to come. Under the proposal, day-to-day management of OhioCheckbook.com will be administered in collaboration between the Ohio Treasurer’s office and the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) with the support of the Office of Information Technology (OIT).