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Ohio budget negotiations resume after break

By Laura Hancock • Jul 8, 2019 at 9:00 PM

Behind the scenes: This week, the schedule for the Ohio House and Senate looks fairly quiet – with no committee meetings and only if-needed House sessions penciled in for Wednesday and Thursday. But behind the scenes, budget talks resumed Monday morning, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder said. A spokesman for Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof said Friday that “the budget remains the priority” over House Bill 6, the FirstEnergy Solutions bailout bill.

From Householder: The Perry County GOP speaker said he plans to be at the Statehouse from Monday morning until the two-year operating budget and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget are hammered out. “We remain very close and I see no reason why we can’t meet the deadlines,” he said in a message Friday. Lawmakers missed the deadlineto pass the two budgets but have passed temporary funding measures.

Sunday best: Householder will not relax the chamber’s dress code — even on weekends or during nonvoting sessions. The Dayton Daily News’ Laura Bischoff reports that when lawmakers were in the Statehouse two weekends ago during the budget negotiations, representatives were in jackets, dresses, ties and pumps.

Page Turner: Former Cleveland council member and Ohio state senator Nina Turner is traveling the country on behalf of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Democratic presidential bid. As Sanders’ campaign co-chair, Turner often introduces the candidate at political events and acts as a surrogate at those he can’t attend, reports cleveland.com’s Sabrina Eaton. Describing herself as “on a mission to help make this world a better place,” Turner says she “couldn’t think of anything better to be doing right now than to help the man who has the heart soul agreement to bring about a revolution in this country.”

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Farm aid: Record rainfall over the past year has threatened the livelihood of so many Ohio farmers that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the state’s congressional delegation are seeking U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance, Eaton reports. Because many fields are too wet for planting, Ohio’s corn and soybean production is expected to go down drastically this year, potentially bankrupting affected farms.

Record-breaking grant: JobsOhio has given $30 million to Thai chemical company, PTT Global Chemical America, and its South Korean partner, Daelim Industrial Co., in hopes that they choose a site in eastern Ohio’s Belmont County to build a petrochemical plant. The Dispatch’s Mark Williams reports the companies said in a statement that they’re grateful for the money and there’s no timetable for a decision to be made.

Coal futures: Fred and Cindy Warmbier, the Cincinnati-area parents of Otto Warmbier, have filed a claim against a North Korean ship the U.S. seized that was filled with coal, which is a violation of sanctions. Warmbier, a college student, died after he was in North Korean custody. A federal judge determined the regime was responsible and needed to pay his parents $500 million, the Washington Post’s Marisa Iati reports.

Explosive news: Youngstown-based Phantom Fireworks, which has been lobbying the White House against expanded tariffs on Chinese imports, donated $750,000 in pyrotechnics to President Donald Trump’s July 4th celebration. Last week, Trump announced he would hold off on expanding tariffs on goods that included fireworks, ABC News reports.

Traffic alert: The Dayton-area community of Trotwood has suspended using traffic cameras after a new state law went into effect last week in which communities that use them will be docked state funds. Dayton, however, will continue to use its cameras and has taken the position that a ruling in Lucas County Common Pleas Court to put the law on hold applies to its city as well, the Dayton Daily News’ Cornelius Frolik reports.

Meal delivery: Residents of Ohio’s rural counties are increasingly getting older. This could pose challenges for home-delivered meals programs, which many seniors depend on for food and socialization, writes the Dispatch’s Henry Palatella.

50-pound moon pie: Wapakoneta, an eastern Ohio hamlet that is Neil Armstrong’s hometown, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his moon walk with 10 days of Apollo 11 commemorations – including a NASA livestream broadcast, a visit from other Ohio astronauts (Armstrong died in 2012,) ‘60s-themed evenings and the world’s “ largest moon pie,” the Associated Press’ Dan Sewell writes.

Full Disclosure

Five things we learned from Sen. Bob Peterson’s May 13 financial disclosure statement. Peterson is a Republican from Washington Court House and Senate pro tempore.

1. In addition to his state Senate salary of $91,164, Peterson reported earning $50,000 to $99,999 from Peterson Farms and Peterson Farm LLC, both of which he owns.

2. The Ohio Senate reimbursed him $2,652 for mileage between home and Columbus.

3. He has a pension with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

4. He holds licenses from the state to apply fertilizers and pesticides.

5. Peterson received tickets worth $100 from the University of Cincinnati for its game against Ohio State University in November. He attended the Impact Ohio Post Election Conference, worth $150, which is put on by Columbus lobbying firm The Success Group. He received a $27 award from the American Kennel Club for his involvement in House Bill 506, a 2018 law that cracked down on puppy mills.

Straight From The Source

“In the biggest stage in the world, Cincinnati & Mt. Notre Dame’s own Rose Lavelle does her hometown very, very proud. What a goal! #USWNT"

-Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, tweeting about Rose Lavelle, who scored an impressive goal during the Women’s World Cup and helped the U.S. team win its fourth title.

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