Budget Press Clips: February 24


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As expected, we have some coverage of the newly-introduced Transportation Budget (HB114). The papers conclude what we already noted — as disappointing as it is to budget watchers, this is a pretty boring budget. As stated by House Transportation Finance Transportation subcommittee Chair, Ross McGregor:

Unlike two years ago, when the transportation budget sparked heavy debate over issues including passenger rail and speed cameras in construction zones, McGregor said nothing has jumped out as a major controversy. For example, he noted the bill does not contain anything about selling or leasing the turnpike or dealing with prevailing wage issues.

Motorists could pay higher title fees to fund Patrol – Dayton Daily News

Juggled auto fees could help fund State Highway Patrol – Columbus Dispatch

Other coverage focuses on how Ohio could look to other states in solving its budget challenges:

Daniels: Ohio can follow Indiana’s lead – Cincinnati Enquirer

Raised Brows as Christie Dons Mantle of Trailblazer – New York Times

Budget battles stretch across U.S. – CNN

And the drumbeat of coverage of the local impacts of state funding cuts continues:

State budget crisis hits home for Hillcrest area communities – Sun Messenger

Local school districts, libraries taking steps to withstand more state budget cuts – Cleveland Heights Sun Press

Dayton budget balanced, but state cuts loom – Dayton Daily News

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