Wednesday, December 10, 2003

From the state capitals



Poor, seniors could get break on Rx drugs

COLUMBUS - Elderly and poor Ohioans without insurance coverage for prescription drugs could receive discounts of up to 40 percent under a plan approved Tuesday by the House and a Senate finance committee.

The bill creates Ohio's Best Rx Program, which could provide discounts to as many as 1.7 million Ohioans. Those covered would include people at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level - about $22,450 for an individual or $46,000 for a family of four.

Signatures may force debate on tax repeal

COLUMBUS - An effort to repeal Ohio's penny sales tax increase is on schedule to meet an end-of-the-month deadline, Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell said Tuesday.

Citizens for Tax Repeal has collected 115,000 signatures and hopes to reach 140,000, Blackwell said. His group and has until Dec. 26 to submit 96,870 - or 3 percent of the total vote in the 2002 election for governor - to force the General Assembly to debate the repeal next year.




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