Rep. Mike Duffey admitted yesterday that state lawmakers sometimes make decisions without fully knowing the impact.
The Worthington Republican, along with Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Alliance, introduced four bills this week that they say not only would help state lawmakers make decisions but also could bolster Ohio’s economy and assist municipalities.
The pair’s DataOhio initiative would make it easier for people to find local government data — such as budgets — in a uniform way online.
When municipalities return requested information, it can come back in various forms, Duffey said during a news conference yesterday. And when trying to compare information across local governments, the different forms can make it difficult.
Duffey cited another bill that would standardize how cities collect income taxes, something cities have fought, saying they would lose money. But he said without uniform data, “we don’t know how much cities will lose.”
Hagan said, “We live in the 21st century, and to not have a central repository of data is almost asinine.”