Governor Mike DeWine delivered his first State of the State speech on Tuesday, talking about fixing the state's roads and bridges, improving early education and job training, expanding mental health and addiction services, and reducing air and water pollution. But he didn't talk much about how he'd pay for those things. And just hours after that speech, state lawmakers took action on the governor's proposed gas tax, but not in the way DeWine wanted.
We analyze Governor DeWine's State of the State address, with perspectives from legislators from both political parties, Statehouse reporters, and advocates from organizations that would be most affected by DeWine's proposals - which will be part of his budget coming out next week.
Jack Marchbanks, Director, Ohio Department of Transportation
Jackie Borchardt, Columbus Bureau Chief, Cincinnati Enquirer
Andrew Tobias, Statehouse and Politics Reporter, Cleveland.com
Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) House Minority Leader
Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) Senate Finance Committee
Scott S. Osiecki, Chief Executive Officer, Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAHMS) Board of Cuyahoga County
Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Chief Executive Officer, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Angela Sausser, Executive Director, Public Children's Services Association of Ohio