Foes of Ohio drug-pricing initiative see many side effects for state
Michael Carroll | September 05, 2017
An Ohio ballot initiative that aims to cut prescription drug costs for millions has drawn opposition from health officials, business groups and community organizations, all of whom find the measure’s promises hard to swallow. The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, which will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot, would mandate that the state government pay […]
Ohio legislature moves to crack down $1.2 mil in local government credit, debit card abuse
Jacob Bielanski | August 25, 2017
Two Ohio representatives have submitted a bill that would curtail the kinds of  local government debit and credit card misuse that, in one recent instance, allowed the administrator of a small village to charge more than $700,000 in personal items to taxpayers. House Bill 312, introduced late last month, would ban debit cards for all […]
Ohio, Pennsylvania among states with highest student loan debts
Michael Carroll | August 23, 2017
Ohio and Pennsylvania’s first- and third-place finishes on a recent national ranking of student indebtedness comes as no surprise to those familiar with the issue in the two states. The personal-finance website WalletHub earlier this month released the study, which showed residents of Ohio, Mississippi and Pennsylvania carrying the heaviest student debt load among all […]
Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin score well in manufacturing report; Illinois not so much
Michael Carroll | July 25, 2017
The Midwest as a whole received relatively high grades in an annual rating of states’ manufacturing industries, but Illinois’ manufacturing sector is still struggling due to an unpredictable economic climate and unfunded public liabilities. The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card gave Illinois a “C+” for the overall health of its manufacturing industries, but the […]
Ohio grants property tax relief to farmers, but some fear homeowners will pay a price
Michael Carroll | July 21, 2017
Ohio just modified how it calculates property taxes for agricultural lands in order to rescue farmers from soaring tax bills, but some fear the fix will eventually burden homeowners and provide less funding for some school districts. The state’s operating budget, which was signed June 30 by Gov. John Kasich, alters a complex formula used […]
Ohio gets down to business of retooling its workforce
Michael Carroll | July 14, 2017
Ohio’s state government leaders are venturing beyond tax policies, fiscal issues and regulations and into the wonky realm of realigning its workforce and higher education system to better meet the needs of businesses. Since taking office in 2011, Gov. John Kasich has highlighted the disconnect among university and college programs, employer training programs, economic development […]
Ohio Senate picks up bill barring undocumented workers’ comp elligibility
S. Laney | May 28, 2017
Undocumented workers would be barred from receiving workers’ compensation benefits in budget legislation passed by the Ohio House of Representatives and now in the state Senate. The bill includes an amendment that would require the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to verify a worker’s status when they apply for workers’ compensation. It also would punish employers […]
Ohio county picks electronic polling vendor that had previous election snafu
Ohio county picks electronic polling vendor that had previous election snafu
Johnny Kampis | March 27, 2017
An elections vendor recently got a contract to operate electronic poll books in Ohio's Cuyahoga County beginning this November despite major issues in another Ohio county in 2015.
Ohio pauses ESSA implementation
John Bicknell | March 15, 2017
The halt will give the state more time to get feedback on issues such as testing and teacher evaluations.
The case against Case: College ignored own policies in biased sexual assault investigation
The case against Case: College ignored own policies in biased sexual assault investigation
Ashe Schow | March 03, 2017
Accommodations may have helped an accusing student decide to file a report of sexual assault.