Two GOP Candidates For Governor Join Forces, And Economists Talk Taxes, Jobs And Money

Two Republicans who were running against each other for governor have teamed up. Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted appeared together as a ticket for the first time in Dayton and then Columbus on Thursday. But the announcement didn’t have much of an effect on Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Congressman Jim Renacci, who say they're staying in the race.

On the Democratic side, Richard Cordray has left the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but has yet to announce anything. However, controversial talk show host Jerry Springer said he’s no longer considering running because of his age and obligations to his family. And there are still persistent questions about whether former Congressman and Cleveland mayor Dennis Kucinich will join.

The top leader in the Ohio House is speaking out about the resignation of former Representative Wes Goodman who allegedly sexually assaulted a teenager.  House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he never heard about an accusation from 2015 reported by The Washington Post that Goodman sexually assaulted an 18-year-old during an event in D.C.

As lawmakers are winding down their legislative work for the end of the year, different associations and industries are trying to get their foot in the door on policies that can be addressed starting in January. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, that includes the tech sector.

For the first three months of the fiscal year, incoming tax revenue is off forecasts by just one tenth of one percent - that's an improvement from last fiscal year, when estimates were off 11 of 12 months. Meanwhile, the state’s jobless rate was 5.1 percent for October, a full point above the national unemployment rate. And it’s been rising slowly from September 2015, when it hit a 14-year low of 4.4 percent. Two prominent economists representing two of Ohio’s biggest and best known universities talk about those facts and more.

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