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A coalition of environmental-conservation groups is calling on Ohio’s lawmakers to declare, “Yes or no, do you want to open Ohio’s state parks to oil and gas drilling and fracking?”
The groups are asking lawmakers to take a position after weeks of statehouse hearings on a trio of bills that could open state lands to drilling, including:
• Governor Kasich’s proposed state operating budget bill (House Bill 153), which proposes to open 154 state parks to oil and gas drilling as well as logging; and
Matt Szollosi, state representative from the 49th House District in Ohio, said last week there needs to be greater public awareness of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed biennial budget that will have a severe impact on the Oregon City Schools District.
Szollosi spoke before a crowd of about 30 people who attended a town hall meeting on April 20 at Starr Elementary School.
“As proposed, Oregon schools are losing the equivalent of 5.9-mills worth of revenue based on the proposed budget. Personally, I don’t know how we can absorb that type of loss,” said Szollosi. “When you hear that type of revenue loss from the previous budget, it certainly is a cause for concern. I don’t think we can absorb these types of cuts.”
Oregon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Zalar said there is a funding crisis in the public school system.
“School funding is a state-wide problem. It’s in a crisis situation. We’ve been in this crisis for 20 years now. And nothing seems to be getting done about it,” said Zalar, who spoke at a town hall meeting on April 20 at Starr Elementary School. The meeting was sponsored by Matt Szollosi, state representative from the 49th House District in Ohio.
“School funding is supposed to be a shared partnership,” said Zalar. “The system was set up that way from the get-go. The state and local communities are supposed to work together to produce the funds and revenues to provide free and high quality schools for public education.”
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department is focusing its investigation on why Alan Atwater killed his family and himself, authorities said.
A report by Dr. Jerome McTague issued Tuesday said all five members of the family died of single gunshot wounds to the head, which was consistent with evidence found at the scene.
Other than traffic violations, Alan Atwater, 31, had no criminal record and that even the traffic citations were not drug or alcohol related.
Health Dept. warns of fraudulent inspectors
The callers claim to be health inspectors and law enforcement officials believe it may be an attempt to extort money from the businesses as well as allowing the scammers a chance to establish fake identities on websites to fraudulently sell goods and services online.
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