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Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen has been a reporter for decades, working in Indiana, Texas and other places before returning to his native Ohio to work at The Columbus Dispatch in 2017. He's won state and national journalism awards for investigations into utility regulation, public corruption, the environment, prescription drug spending and other matters.

Economists: Ohio student loan forgiveness might raise tuition, but not inflation

By: - November 25, 2022

President Joe Biden continues to defer student loan payments as the legality of his plan to forgive $10,000 to $20,000 in student loans is hashed out in court. But if Ohio were to implement its own blanket student loan forgiveness, it might have the ironic effect of incentivizing institutions to raise tuition costs, but would […]

Effort to claw back $10M in staff bonuses for Ohio teacher retirement system withdrawn

By: - November 23, 2022

At least 200 employees of the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio made more than $100,000 a year in 2021.  An earlier version of this story said that all of the system’s employees listed on the Ohio Checkbook database made more than that, but that was inaccurate. A spokesman said more than half of the […]

In survey, Ohioans report average happiness, satisfaction, low anxiety

By: - November 21, 2022

Taking a page from the British, a group this summer surveyed residents of all 50 states to see how they felt about their own lives. Ohio scored in the middle of the pack according to three indices and did much better than most, according to a fourth.  The group Gross National Happiness USA commissioned the […]

Experts: Trauma builds, ending for some at death row

By: - November 18, 2022

Invariably, the crimes over which people land on death row are soaked in trauma, often consisting of the most violent deaths suffered by sympathetic victims. But it’s also often the case that those accused of perpetrating them have traumatic histories of their own. On Thursday, a pair of experts told a group of defense attorneys […]

Columbia Gas poised to get big rate increase

By: - November 17, 2022

Amid high consumer inflation and spiking energy costs, Columbia Gas of Ohio could start charging each Ohio customer much more in fixed costs. And, while outside advocacy groups are opposing the move, it would be doing so with the support of the state’s official consumer representative. A “stipulation” that is now before the Public Utilities […]

Newest federal regulator wants the little guy to be the focus of antitrust enforcement

By: - November 14, 2022

From groceries to prescriptions to paychecks, the modern American business landscape makes it increasingly difficult for poorer Americans to get what they need to survive, Alvaro Bedoya, the newest member of the Federal Trade Commission, said in an interview late last month. The consequences have taken the form of food and pharmacy "deserts" and in a paucity of jobs that pay a living wage. "I want to focus on the folks at the bottom of the ladder and are trying to move up and not fall off," he said.

In the wake of GOP Supreme Court sweep, Ohio activists plan abortion ballot initiative

By: - November 10, 2022

When Republicans swept all three races for the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday, they swept away hopes that the court would find that the state Constitution protects the right to an abortion. So on Wednesday, abortion-rights activists were strategizing over when and how to get a measure on the ballot that would amend the Ohio […]

Republicans take all three Ohio Supreme Court elections

By: - November 9, 2022

Republicans appeared to be on their way to sweeping all three open seats on the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday. The eventual Republican majority that's likely to create will have big implications in the state for years to come.

People behind bars are a lot sicker. New efforts aim to help

By: - November 8, 2022

Compared to the rest of the world and compared to earlier generations, vast numbers of Americans are behind bars. And, by many measures, those people are far sicker than most others, several health professionals who are trying to address the issue said Monday. With a 500% increase over the past 40 years, more than 2 […]

Tax-funded care provider in Ohio makes political donations — in Nevada

By: - November 7, 2022

Medicaid managed-care provider Centene has already gotten in trouble in Ohio. Then on Friday came the news that its tax-funded Ohio subsidiary has been making political contributions 2,200 miles away in Nevada. Kaiser Health News reported that Centene’s Buckeye Health Plan and many other of its state-level Medicaid subsidiaries have each made $10,000 donations to […]

While in effect, Ohio’s abortion ban led to chaos, suffering, and worse health care, doctor says

By: - November 4, 2022

By June 24, David Burkons had spent as much time as a doctor could in the post-Roe world. The Cleveland native graduated the University of Michigan Medical School in 1973, the same year the landmark decision ensuring the right to an abortion was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Everything changed for the obstetrician […]

Doctors call on DeWine to answer questions about abortion laws

By: - November 2, 2022

Days after Gov. Mike DeWine said the medical community will be consulted as Ohio considers future abortion legislation, a group of more than 1,400 doctors implored him to answer questions about a law he’s already signed. The Ohio medical community has said that to date, DeWine and Republican lawmakers have shown little interest in what […]