DeWine has signaled that he plans to invest in programs that impact at-risk kids, including foster care and public health home visits for new moms and babies. He also installed top aides to focus on children’s initiatives and drug addiction recovery efforts. Last week he said he wants his new director of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Amy Acton, to use the bully pulpit to focus on public health issues that cut across society.
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More details of DeWine’s goals are expected to be embedded in his first two-year budget proposal, which is due to the Ohio House by March 15. It’ll detail school funding formulas, tax rates and changes, college affordability measures, revenue to be shared with local governments, and more.
DeWine said he plans to unveil portions of the budget in the days leading up to the March 15 deadline.
“By the time it’s out, it’ll be very boring reading for you,” he told Statehouse reporters. “We will basically try to keep you and the public informed as to once we make decisions, what those decisions will be.”
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Former Republican Gov. John Kasich delivered his first State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse but then made the annual speech into a road show in subsequent years. Kasich’s cabinet, lawmakers and news crews traveled to Steubenville, Marietta, Sandusky, Lima and other cities for Kasich’s addresses.
While Kasich eschewed the use of a Teleprompter or extensive notes, DeWine is expected to follow a written speech.
DeWine is returning the event to the Ohio House chambers for Tuesday’s event.
Our Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff and Newscenter 7’s Jim Otte will be in Columbus today for the governor’s address. Here’s how you can follow their coverage:
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On Radio: Listen to a repeat of the governor's address Tuesday at 8 p.m. on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO