Protests On Both Sides, And A Big Change To Ohio's Green Energy Benchmarks Could Be Coming
After weeks of protest from opponents of President Trump, this past weekend his supporters took to the streets, though in many cases in much smaller numbers. As Republicans in Congress prepared the repeal of the Affordable Care Act that they released this week, some lawmakers organized town halls and even attended those they were invited to, often with hostile audiences. But many more members of Congress avoided them, and as Connor Perrett reports, that includes most of the 12 members of Ohio’s Congressional delegation and Ohio’s Republican Senator.
Every day businesses and governments are taking on a growing danger that isn’t playing out through physical aggression but through digital attacks. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow sat down with the state’s top military official to take a closer look at what the state is doing to gear up in the new age of cyber warfare.
More movement toward the 2018 ballot this week, as Democratic former state lawmaker and Congressmember Betty Sutton announced she’ll run for governor. Republican Rep. Robert Sprague of Findlay became the first official entrant for treasurer.
Last year Gov. John Kasich vetoed another two year freeze on the state’s renewable energy benchmarks, saying the freeze would do self-inflicted damage to Ohio’s economic competitiveness. That effort is now underway to replace those standards with "goals" with a bill that’s supported by more than half the Republican dominated House. Meanwhile, a report from the conservative think-tank the Buckeye Institute says Ohio could lose more than 134,000 jobs and $15.5 billion in gross domestic product in the next ten years if the standards – which they call mandates – are not repealed. That’s just one of several reports on the impact of those benchmarks since they were enacted in 2008. The report's author, Dr. Orphe Divounguy, talks about it, along with Trish Demeter of the Ohio Environmental Council, which has been critical of proposals to toss out the renewable energy portfolio standards.