Republican Party's Future Under New Chair, And Questions About Whether Ohio Is Really Facing Recession

A change in leadership at the Ohio Republican Party comes by way of some moves made by President-Elect Donald Trump. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports on what this means for the future of the Republican Party in this battleground state.

Once again, tax revenue coming into the state is below estimates. And Gov. John Kasich has said the state is on the “verge of a recession”. But other state officials have been saying they’re not sure that’s the case, and wonder what the governor is really saying about the state’s economy, tax cuts and the budget, which comes out January 31. Office of Budget and Management Director Tim Keen shares his thoughts.

There's a new report out about the state of mid- and smaller size communities in Ohio. Policy Matters Ohio has a study that says local communities have lost a billion dollars since 2010. Senior project director Wendy Patton says that’s meant increases in local taxes, hikes in local fees, cuts to safety forces, and cutbacks to services such as snowplowing, pools and rec centers and road repairs.

And Monday marks the day set aside to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The state remembered his legacy with a program featuring four student winners of the statewide MLK Oratorical Contest. The full video is here.

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