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Columbus council candidates differ on tax breaks
Columbus city officials hailed the property tax incentive deal for new housing at Easton as a job creator and a win for one of the city’s struggling neighborhoods.But it has put similar incentives in the crosshairs for the candidates attempting to unseat three incumbent City Council members.Easton’s developers received a 10-year, 100 percent property tax abatement worth about $68 million on new housing in the mixed-use development anchored by a retail center. […]
Tiberi has the cash, but does he have what it takes to run for Senate?
WASHINGTON — It was the number that renewed the murmurs: $6.3 million.That was the amount U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi had in his campaign coffers, a crazy amount of cash for a congressman with a relatively safe seat.Questions about whether the Genoa Township Republican first elected in 2000 might run for Senate in 2018 had ebbed in recent months, with Tiberi seeming to focus on tax changes and a health-care revamp rather than doing the politicking one does when […]
Kasich says he can sell books and govern Ohio at the same time
During his quixotic 2016 presidential bid, Gov. John Kasich took umbrage whenever anyone wondered if he was shirking his day job by being on the campaign trail for months.It was the same last week when asked about his nationwide book tour."These phones do work all the way back to Ohio," Kasich told The Dispatch in — yes — a phone interview on his way to a CNN appearance Monday in New York City. He noted […]
School funding cap hits central Ohio districts hard, costs $890 million statewide
When the House rolled out its state budget changes last week, it included a $20 per pupil increase for charter schools and $6 more for private schools, compared to Gov. John Kasich’s initial plan.But for Olentangy Schools, which is adding students faster than any district in the state, the House changes meant only $5.50 more per pupil by 2019.Julie Wagner Feasel, a veteran Olentangy school board member, saw it as another kick to a district whose per-pupil state […]
News shows fill president’s day, to dismay of some; others find access through TV
WASHINGTON — During a small working lunch last month at the White House, the question of job security in President Donald Trump’s tumultuous White House came up, and one of the attendees wondered whether press secretary Sean Spicer might be the first to go.The president’s response was swift and unequivocal. “I’m not firing Sean Spicer," he said, according to someone familiar with the encounter. “That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in."Trump even likened […]
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