From the daily archives: Thursday, December 8, 2011

On Oct 19, 2011 the Kasich-appointed members of the Ohio Casino Control Commission voted to have the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) provide security for the first two casinos to open in Ohio.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) had also been lobbying for the job even though the Patrol is currently limited to investigating and providing security on state property. The casinos are private property so choosing the patrol would have been a big expansion of their power. BCI makes a lot more sense as the option and the Commission realized that and made the logical choice.

So imagine […]

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It’s widely known that the state budget contained major cuts to local governments by slashing the Local Government Fund – a revenue-sharing arrangement that sends a portion of tax receipts to counties, cities and townships.

What has been less widely reported is that, in a separate piece of legislation, the administration reduced funding for the state’s “major new” construction program – funds for new highway and bridge construction – versus the previous transportation budget.  Compared to $317 million in fiscal year 2011 (the last year of the prior administration), the Kasich budget appropriates just $60 million in Fiscal […]

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