Dispatch Politics: Cutting Ohio farmers’ tax bills may hike what others pay

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The Columbus Dispatch
Monday, May 15, 2017
Cutting Ohio farmers’ tax bills may hike what others pay
Roger Baker farms more than 1,000 acres in northeastern Ohio’s Wayne County, the heart of Ohio’s dairy-producing region, and he and other Ohio farmers are reeling from the skyrocketing tax bills they’ve received in recent years.“It’s stretching everybody,” Baker said, noting that his annual tax bill went up $9,000 or $10,000 in the past few years, about a 250 percent increase.Enter state lawmakers, who for months have been considering ways to […]
The Daily Briefing: Coroners, meeting in Dublin, remember mass shootings
No matter how well prepared, a community is never ready for a mass shooting, be it four deaths in Kirkersville, Ohio, or 50 dead in Orlando, Florida.Dr. Gary Utz, chief deputy medical examiner in Orange County, Florida, has the unfortunate distinction of helping manage the largest single shooter mass shooting scene in the United States. Utz, a former pathologist in Hamilton County, was involved in the aftermath of the shooting at The Pulse nightclub in […]
Trump backing away from pledge to move US embassy to Jerusalem?
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is assessing whether moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would help or hurt prospects for clinching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, revealing Trump’s criteria for a decision that could reverberate throughout the volatile Middle East.Since taking office, Trump has backed away from his campaign pledge to move the embassy in a gesture to Israel, instead saying he’s still studying the issue. […]
Republicans able to overturn most of Obama’s last-minute regulations
WASHINGTON — Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama’s last-minute regulations, one.Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment.Over a few months, lawmakers used an obscure legislative rule to ram through changes that will have far-reaching implications for the coal industry, broadband customers, hunters and women […]
Delaware County power couple’s divorce case is sealed; is that legal?
DELAWARE — State Sen. Kris Jordan and Delaware County Recorder Melissa Jordan are embroiled in a not-so-secret divorce.What is secret, however, is every legal filing made in their apparently contentious case in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. That includes the judge’s order making the entire court file confidential.The judge’s approval of the estranged Republican couple’s joint request to seal their case from public view appears contrary to an Ohio Supreme Court […]
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