Laura A. Bischoff

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government.  She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politicians of all stripes.  Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors.  Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall. She previously covered local government for the Flint (Mich.) Journal. Bischoff was raised in Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She lives in Worthington with her husband and two sons.

Latest from Laura A. Bischoff

Here’s what all the Ohio governor candidates say they’ll do about the opioid crisis
 The next governor of Ohio in all likelihood will inherit a drug crisis that continues to kill thousands of Ohioans each year. The annual cost of opiate abuse, addiction and overdoses to Ohio is estimated at $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Beyond the dollars and cents, the scourge is killing...

Posted: 13 hours ago

The next governor of Ohio in all likelihood will inherit a drug crisis that continues to kill thousands of Ohioans each year. The annual cost of opiate abuse, addiction and overdoses to Ohio is estimated at $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Beyond the dollars and cents, the scourge is killing...
5 things Ohio governor candidates want to do about the opioid crisis
 The next governor of Ohio in all likelihood will inherit a drug crisis that continues to kill thousands of Ohioans each year. The annual cost of opiate abuse, addiction and overdoses to Ohio is estimated at $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Beyond the dollars and cents, the scourge is killing...

Posted: 13 hours ago

The next governor of Ohio in all likelihood will inherit a drug crisis that continues to kill thousands of Ohioans each year. The annual cost of opiate abuse, addiction and overdoses to Ohio is estimated at $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Beyond the dollars and cents, the scourge is killing...
Ohio mayors to Congress on tax reform: ‘Get it right’
 Mayors from Springfield, Kettering and 10 other Ohio cities went to Columbus Friday to send a message to Washington that the tax reform packages rushing through Congress will be a bad deal for homeowners and projects that rely on historic tax credits and private activity bonds. “Tax reform is needed in order to help our economy, but...

Posted: 2 days ago

Mayors from Springfield, Kettering and 10 other Ohio cities went to Columbus Friday to send a message to Washington that the tax reform packages rushing through Congress will be a bad deal for homeowners and projects that rely on historic tax credits and private activity bonds. “Tax reform is needed in order to help our economy, but...
Eyeglasses may be exempt from state sales tax, lawmaker says
 Ohioans may soon get a tax break when buying prescription eye glasses and contact lenses. Lawmakers struck a deal to exempt corrective eye wear from state sales taxes, according to state Rep. Derek Merrin. Merrin, R-Monclova Twp. near Toledo, announced that lawmakers in the House and Senate agreed to roll the sales tax break into an existing...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ohioans may soon get a tax break when buying prescription eye glasses and contact lenses. Lawmakers struck a deal to exempt corrective eye wear from state sales taxes, according to state Rep. Derek Merrin. Merrin, R-Monclova Twp. near Toledo, announced that lawmakers in the House and Senate agreed to roll the sales tax break into an existing...
Cordray’s Washington exit could shake up Ohio governor race
 Ohio’s crowded field for governor could get more crowded now that Democrat Rich Cordray plans to leave his federal job, sending a strong signal that he is ready to launch another statewide bid. Cordray, a holdover from the Obama administration, announced Wednesday he is stepping down as director of the Consumer Financial Protection...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio’s crowded field for governor could get more crowded now that Democrat Rich Cordray plans to leave his federal job, sending a strong signal that he is ready to launch another statewide bid. Cordray, a holdover from the Obama administration, announced Wednesday he is stepping down as director of the Consumer Financial Protection...
Another Ohio lawmaker resigns, citing ‘inappropriate’ behavior
 Republican Wes Goodman resigned his seat in the Ohio House on Wednesday, the second lawmaker to abruptly step down after allegations of inappropriate conduct surfaced in the Statehouse. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, pressed Goodman to resign after learning details of “his involvement in inappropriate behavior related...

Posted: 4 days ago

Republican Wes Goodman resigned his seat in the Ohio House on Wednesday, the second lawmaker to abruptly step down after allegations of inappropriate conduct surfaced in the Statehouse. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, pressed Goodman to resign after learning details of “his involvement in inappropriate behavior related...
Republican exits race for Renacci’s seat; could help ex-OSU player
 State Rep. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville, is dropping out of the hotly contested congressional race to replace Republican Jim Renacci and instead will run for re-election to the Ohio House, Patton said in a statement Tuesday. “Although I am no longer running to ‘drain the swamp’ I still feel called to serve our community and...

Posted: 5 days ago

State Rep. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville, is dropping out of the hotly contested congressional race to replace Republican Jim Renacci and instead will run for re-election to the Ohio House, Patton said in a statement Tuesday. “Although I am no longer running to ‘drain the swamp’ I still feel called to serve our community and...
Battleground over GOP tax plans moves to Ohio
 As lawmakers in Washington debate the merits of competing GOP tax plan proposals, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pitched tax reform to Ohio retailers Tuesday as a tool to spur job creation and economic growth. “We fundamentally think that we need to get back to sustained economic growth of 3 percent GDP or higher. For the eight...

Posted: 5 days ago

As lawmakers in Washington debate the merits of competing GOP tax plan proposals, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pitched tax reform to Ohio retailers Tuesday as a tool to spur job creation and economic growth. “We fundamentally think that we need to get back to sustained economic growth of 3 percent GDP or higher. For the eight...
Middletown’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author seeks solutions for Ohio’s problems
 Middletown native and best-selling author J.D. Vance is out to solve Ohio’s problems, including the opioid addiction crisis, family instability and workforce preparedness. But he is quick to say: “I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have all the answers to these questions.” Vance delivered a lecture Tuesday...

Posted: 8 days ago

Middletown native and best-selling author J.D. Vance is out to solve Ohio’s problems, including the opioid addiction crisis, family instability and workforce preparedness. But he is quick to say: “I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have all the answers to these questions.” Vance delivered a lecture Tuesday...
‘I have lived the nightmare’: Lt. Gov. lays out plan to fight addiction
 Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, whose two sons are recovering opiate addicts, wants Ohio to issue a 10-year, $1-billion bond to pay for drug treatment services and innovations, hire more narcotics cops and continue to tighten up prescribing rules for powerful painkillers. “For me, this is personal. I have known the sorrow that drug addiction...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, whose two sons are recovering opiate addicts, wants Ohio to issue a 10-year, $1-billion bond to pay for drug treatment services and innovations, hire more narcotics cops and continue to tighten up prescribing rules for powerful painkillers. “For me, this is personal. I have known the sorrow that drug addiction...
Local lawmaker says state supreme court justice violating conduct code
 State Rep. Niraj Antani wants to haul Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill before a joint session of the General Assembly to answer charges that he’s violating the judicial code of conduct. Antani, a Miamisburg Republican, said that conduct rules prohibit a sitting judge from running for a partisan, non-judicial office. The...

Posted: 10 days ago

State Rep. Niraj Antani wants to haul Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill before a joint session of the General Assembly to answer charges that he’s violating the judicial code of conduct. Antani, a Miamisburg Republican, said that conduct rules prohibit a sitting judge from running for a partisan, non-judicial office. The...