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Governor’s reform plan draws fire from left, right

COLUMBUS — Two think tanks on opposite points of the ideological spectrum have very different opinions of the varying elements of Gov. John Kasich’s tax-reform proposal.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 February 2015

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Ohio Turnpike Commission joins health care tax lawsuit

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Turnpike Commission has joined a lawsuit against the federal government over what Attorney General Mike DeWine calls an unconstitutional health care tax levied on state and local governments.

The lawsuit argues there's no precedent allowing the collection of $6.25 million last year from government entities and nothing in the federal health care law that allows such a tax.

At issue is a provision in the law permitting tax assessments against health insurance companies and certain employers who offer self-insured group health plans to help keep premiums affordable.

A federal court filing Friday said the turnpike joined because it has a self-insured group health plan for its employees.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which declined to comment, has said the law is helping keep premiums affordable.

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Contract dispute impacts Honda production

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seaports from Southern California to Seattle reopened — for a day — as negotiators labored to resolve a crippling contract dispute and resume the free flow of international trade across the West Coast waterfront.

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Ohio prison system liable for elderly inmate's injuries

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state court says the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is liable for the injuries of an 80-year-old inmate who fell out of his top bunk.

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New rules cloud future for large-scale wind farms in Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The long-range forecast for big wind farms in Ohio is cloudy at best.

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Contractor: Demo plan was flawed in deadly overpass collapse

CINCINNATI (AP) — A flawed demolition plan contributed to the collapse of a highway overpass that killed a construction worker in Cincinnati last month, the contractor for the construction project said.

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Taxpayers puzzled by anti-fraud measures; 'Is this a scam?'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohioans are getting asked some curious questions online and over the phone lately, such as: How old is your grandchild? What brand of car do you have? How long is your mortgage?

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Ohio groups ready for health care sign-ups ahead of deadline

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law are making their final push this weekend to enroll Ohioans in coverage ahead of key deadline.

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