As he prepares for his state of the state address, DeWine says his goals haven’t changed

After the pandemic caused a two-year hiatus, DeWine will deliver his second state of the state address to Ohio lawmakers.

DeWine’s last State of the State address was in March 2019, when he stressed the importance of investing in programs that support early childhood development, public health and hand development. -work.

The relationship between DeWine and some Republican lawmakers has changed over the past three years. Since his last state of the state address, DeWine has enacted several health orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including closing businesses and schools and mandating face masks in public. Several lawmakers fought against these restrictions and passed bills that reduced the governor’s ability to implement such orders in the future.

“Our goals haven’t changed,” DeWine said, when asked to preview his March 23 speech.

Look: Governor Mike DeWine’s First State of the State Address

DeWine says his speech will focus on things his administration has accomplished working with the legislature, such as expanding broadband to rural areas of the state.

He says the other important part of his speech will look to the future and outline the main priorities of the state.

“If we want Ohio to be the great state we know it is and to be even greater, we must ensure that every Ohioan, no matter where they live, has the opportunity to live their American dream. and has the ability to live up to their God-given potential,” DeWine said.

A key point from his 2019 speech could come back in 2022. DeWine spent his first few months in office fighting for a gas tax hike to plug a hole in the transportation budget. State leaders eventually agreed to an increase of 10.5 cents per gallon.

Republican lawmakers are currently considering a bill to reverse that increase.

DeWine will deliver his second State of the State address on Wednesday, March 23 at noon.

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