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Teachers unions are gearing up for a fight against a controversial proposal in Gov. John Kasich’s budget that would require educators to shadow workers at local businesses in order to renew their license. 

In each of the last two legislative sessions, at least one Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill that would change the rules for union dues and membership for public employees.  But there are questions about whether this latest so-called “right to work” effort has a chance of passing this time.

There’s another indication a controversial bill nicknamed the “pastor protection act” might be on its way to becoming law. 

Pharmacy costs for Ohio’s Medicaid program are lower than the national average by more than nine percent. And health insurance companies are crediting managed care plans for the cut in costs. 

A group representing 650,000 union members in Ohio opposed the nomination of Andrew Puzder, who's now withdrawn as President Trump’s nominee as the secretary of labor. But a progressive leaning think tank says whoever heads that agency is critical to working Ohioans.

Hospital nurses sometimes complain they have too many patients under their care at one time to be able to give all of them the high-quality care they deserve. The nurses are hoping Ohio lawmakers will provide the cure for that problem.

More people died in Ohio from an opioid overdose than any other state in the country in 2014, according to the latest national numbers from the Kaiser Family Foundation. It’s a dilemma law enforcement, faith groups and other community leaders are all trying to get a grip on. They’re hoping sharing as many ideas as possible can be the first step in winning the fight against this epidemic.

A new report from a group representing 15 health insurers operating in Ohio says managed care is saving Medicaid a lot of money.

Some Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say they plan to fight the proposed tax reforms outlined in Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget. 

The attorney general is warning Ohioans about an escalating scam that targets victims with phony romantic relationships. 

The Council on American Islamic Relations says it wants investigators looking into vandalism found at a Columbus area mosque on Friday to consider it a hate crime.

The state’s largest online charter school is appealing a ruling that could let the Ohio Department of Education claw back up to $60 million in previous funding. This is over a dispute about how enrollment was calculated. And there are legislators who want to make sure the law is crystal clear in the future.

The state attorney general is calling for schools to disclose what kind of drug education they’re providing to students, from their first days in class through graduation from high school. 

It’s a case of déjà vu’ in the Ohio Legislature, which has the strongest Republican majority in half a century. Some abortion bills that were proposed but didn’t pass before are being re-introduced.

The state parole board has released its recommendation on whether Gov. John Kasich should spare the life of a man who killed two people in back-to-back robberies in Parma almost exactly 25 years ago. And Kasich took some unrelated action on executions while waiting on that report.

In the last seven years, the number of children taken into custody by children services agencies in Ohio soared by nearly 20%, and half of those cases involve parental drug use. And the agencies charged with caring for those kids say Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget doesn’t do enough to help them

A Democratic lawmaker is pushing to overhaul the voter registration system in Ohio by making it a system where people can choose to opt out of registering to vote rather than opting in. 

A new study shows Ohio ranks in the bottom five of all 50 states in college affordability, and that just over 4 in 10 Ohioans have a post-secondary degree. The author of the report also says if the state doesn’t do more to fix the problem soon, Ohio will fall further behind economically. 

There were a lot of topics covered by Gov. John Kasich in a speech to a group of newspaper executives and editors. He focused mostly on his budget, but also about who he wants to see replace him in 2018.

Republican and Democratic state lawmakers are working up dueling bills on sanctuary cities – communities that say they’ll shield undocumented immigrants from prosecution based on their illegal status. When asked about that at a speech before newspaper executives and editors, Gov. John Kasich was firm on where he stands.

A bill on religious freedom that was introduced last year and went nowhere is back.  The so-called “Pastor Protection Act” got its first hearing Wednesday, the day after it was introduced.  And now Gov. John Kasich has weighed in on it.

A group that wants to put an issue to provide more rights for crime victims on this fall’s ballot is one step closer to doing that. 

Gov. John Kasich talked to newspaper executives and editors about a variety of topics in his budget, including school funding.

There’s a bill in the legislature that would add the photos of food stamp recipients to their electronic benefit transfer or EBT cards. The idea behind the legislation is to stop food stamp fraud. 

One day after a plan proposed by a Republican to would crack down on sanctuary cities was unveiled, statehouse Democrats came out with a plan of their own. 

The fight over how the state should deal with immigration issues has Republicans and Democrats at the Statehouse backing competing bills. And there are the signs the fight will be nasty. 

Leaders in the Ohio House have already said they’re not interested in raising taxes on the oil and gas industry. However, Gov. John Kasich is still pushing his severance tax increase proposal. An industry leader says even proposing a hike doesn’t help Ohio.

Ohio's library system is considered one of the best and best-funded in the nation. But while Gov. John Kasich is calling for libraries to provide online job training and education, there's no money included in his budget to do that. In fact, the state’s public library fund faces a $7 million cut in the first of two years under the Governor’s plan.

Cincinnati and Columbus are the latest to adopt policies that stray away from enforcing immigration laws, essentially making them so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants and refugees. One statewide official wants to stop those cities in their tracks.

Gov. John Kasich has warned this will be a difficult budget process, but has also touted the progress Ohio has made under tax reforms he wants to continue in his final budget. And comparing his statements with those from his budget director almost appear to be examples of “alternative facts”. But the budget director's office has a clarification.

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