Dispatch Politics: Bill in Ohio House would permanently subsidize 2 coal-fired power plants

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The Columbus Dispatch
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Bill would permanently subsidize 2 coal-fired power plants
A new proposal in the Ohio House would provide a perpetual subsidy for two coal-fired power plants owned jointly by American Electric Power and just about every other major electricity utility in the state.House Bill 239 calls for the owners of Ohio Valley Electric Corp. to receive a guarantee of income at times when the market price of electricity is less than the cost to operate the power plants. That money would come from a charge to consumers.If the market shifts and the […]
Ohio schools might regain paper option for standardized tests
After one year of requiring students to take their state standardized tests on a computer, Ohio’s legislators could give the state’s schools the choice to go back to paper and pencil.The version of the state budget that the House passed on May 2 says that schools may administer the tests on paper, online or by using a combination of the two. The budget still must go through the Senate and to Gov. John Kasich for approval by June 30.Rep. Andrew Brenner of Powell, the chairman of […]
‘He’s taking food off the tables of everyday families,’ says Trump budget critic
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s first budget would save the drug czar, but would kill a federal program that cleans up the Great Lakes.The budget proposal he released Tuesday — which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts over 10 years — would slash federal dollars to most discretionary programs, but would beef up money for defense, veterans and homeland security, and start building a wall along the Mexican […]
Seven Ohio House speaker portraits unveiled
The seven living Ohio House speakers were on hand in the Statehouse rotunda Tuesday for the unveiling of seven portraits of former speakers.At the behest of current Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, a trio of artists painted portraits of House speakers dating back to 1967. He said during the late morning ceremony that people already get to see the portraits of Senate presidents in the Statehouse, and this will add the speakers as well.”It’s an awesome […]
Franklin County Commissioners approve $65,000 for Charitable Pharmacy
Franklin County commissioners agreed Tuesday to give $65,000 in public money to support a Columbus pharmacy that provides free medications and health screenings for those who can’t afford it.”It’s life (or) death for so many people. It’s just that important,” Commissioner Marilyn Brown, the daughter of a pharmacist, said of the Charitable Pharmacy of […]
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