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Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman is a statehouse reporter. He spent three years chronicling the West Virginia Legislature for The Charleston Gazette-Mail after covering cops and courts for The Northern Virginia Daily.

Homeless advocate takes Akron’s ‘tent city’ rejection to Ohio Supreme Court

By: - February 11, 2020

An Akron man is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to intervene in the city’s refusal to allow him to host an encampment for homeless people in his own backyard. Sage Lewis, who runs The Homeless Charity and Village, filed his appeal last week seeking to challenge Akron officials’ refusals to allow him to harbor the […]

Dem Ohio reps propose $1,000 tax credit for family caregivers

By: - February 6, 2020

Two lawmakers proposed legislation Tuesday that could grant a $1,000 tax credit to reimburse expenses for Ohioans acting as caregivers for family members. Speaking to the House Ways and Means committee, Democratic state Reps. Allison Russo and Janine Boyd pitched their bill, which would allow these caregivers to claim a credit for 50 percent of […]

Conversion therapy is a discredited practice. Ohio hired its advocate as an expert witness.

By: - February 5, 2020

The Ohio Department of Health hired a conversion therapy advocate to serve as its expert witness in a civil rights lawsuit filed against the state, despite the medical world’s rejection of the practice.  ODH lawyers retained Dr. Quentin Van Meter, a pediatric endocrinologist from Georgia, at rates reaching $450 per hour, to support the state’s […]

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Ohio House committee considers easing ‘duty to retreat’ laws

By: - January 31, 2020

A House committee began review Thursday of legislation to expand legal protections for people who threaten, maim or kill someone believed to have been posing a lethal threat to them. Current law says Ohioans have no “duty to retreat” if someone breaks into their home or vehicle before acting in self-defense. House Bill 381, if […]

Dem House candidate takes ballot fight to state Supreme Court

By: - January 30, 2020

A Franklin County Democrat is asking the state Supreme Court to override the Franklin County Board of Elections’ refusal to place her on the party’s primary ballot. To appear on the ballot for the 25th House District, Tiffany White needed 50 valid signatures on her nominating petition. She submitted 89 in December. The Franklin County […]

Ohio House eyes tax cut for manufacturing industry

By: - January 29, 2020

State House lawmakers are considering a tax cut aimed at the manufacturing industry. Like most states, Ohio does not impose a sales tax on industrial machinery. House Bill 440, however, would scrap a tax on the sale of labor from staffing agencies to manufacturers, so long as the agencies provide workers who operate industrial machinery […]

‘It’s a reincarnation of Dred Scott:’ Ohio lawmakers mull forcing cities to cooperate with ICE

By: - January 24, 2020

Ohio House Republicans resumed a push Thursday to force local law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities seeking to deport illegal immigrants. Should local governments fail to comply with requests from the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to detain suspected illegal immigrants for up to 48 hours, House Bill 169 would cut them off from […]

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Progressives take dueling approaches to lift Ohio’s minimum wage

By: - January 23, 2020

Ohio progressives are waging a two-pronged war to hike the minimum wage to among the highest of any state in the nation.  On one front, a House committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill sponsored by House Democrats that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. Similarly, people associated with different […]

Senate GOP seeks to anchor down historic low income tax rates

By: - January 22, 2020

Senate Republicans are pushing a constitutional change to make it significantly harder to raise income tax rates, which are at their lowest points since Ronald Reagan was president.  The Senate Ways and Means Committee held its first hearing on Senate Joint Resolution 3 on Tuesday, which would require a supermajority vote in both the state […]

Ohio Senate Democrat targets 18-and-up bars

By: - January 22, 2020

Democratic state Sen. Tina Maharath wants the underclassmen off the barstools.  The senator from Franklin County introduced a bill that would prohibit anyone under 21 years of age from entering establishments where booze drives more than 60 percent of total receipts in a given year.  Currently, 18-and-up bars are a Google search away for minors […]

Senate mulls legislation to shore up college transfer process

By: - January 17, 2020

A state Senate committee is looking over a bill that would shore up the college transfer process for students weary of losing completed coursework along the way. The Senate Higher Education committee fielded testimony Thursday on House Bill 9, which supporters say will increase the rate of students who wind up earning degrees. The committee […]

What you need to know about Ohio’s prevailing wage law

By: - January 16, 2020

In addition to the federal prevailing wage law, 26 states and Washington D.C. have their own versions of the legislation. Ohio has a prevailing wage law on the books, but lawmakers in 1997 exempted school construction projects from its reach. Efforts to repeal or weaken the law have come and gone since then.  With two […]