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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.

“Noncitizen” will now be listed on Ohio IDs. Advocates worry that will endanger immigrants

By: - January 18, 2023

In a little-noticed measure, whether a person is a “noncitizen” will now be printed on driver’s licenses and state IDs under a controversial law that was just signed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.  Critics worry that the requirement addresses a nonexistent problem while making it more difficult for documented immigrants to get IDs they need […]

In a state with 1M license suspensions, Ohio voter ID law could depress turnout

By: - January 13, 2023

When Gov. Mike DeWine last week signed what’s been called the nation’s strictest voter ID law, it raised fears that it would disenfranchise large numbers of voters in poor communities where people are less likely to meet the new requirements. Those fears seem to be supported by a September report that estimates 1 million Ohioans […]

Huge mental health investment coming to Ohio

By: - January 10, 2023

After making mental health a priority since taking office in early 2019, Gov. Mike DeWine has signed $175 million in mental health expenditures into law.  The expenditures are divided into two tranches, according to documents provided by the Office of Budget and Management.  “This additional $175 million investment in mental health infrastructure expansion and workforce […]

Teachers’ pension system touts clean audit. Retirees unimpressed

By: - January 6, 2023

Correction: The State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio manages about $90 billion in assets. An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect amount. It has been updated. The State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio has been flagging the results of a special audit conducted in response to complaints from some teachers and retirees. But […]

Secretary LaRose says voter ID is popular, but won’t say if it’s needed

By: - January 5, 2023

Ohio’s top elections official last month continued to make seemingly contradictory statements about election security in the Buckeye state. Secretary of State Frank LaRose has repeatedly said that fraud is extremely rare in Ohio elections and then made statements claiming that it’s a problem. Most recently, LaRose tweeted an opinion article from the Washington Examiner […]

Economists: Mental health, social spending will pay for itself

By: - December 29, 2022

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed package of expanded mental health services has drawn the near-unanimous approval of a panel of Ohio economists, according to a survey released this week. But one questioned how likely it is to actually happen. DeWine in November renewed an earlier proposal to use $85 million in unexpended federal coronavirus aid […]

Farm-immigration measure dropped from fed spending bill

By: - December 23, 2022

As Congress feverishly worked to finalize a $1.7 trillion spending bill, Dreamers, migrant farmworkers, farmers and advocates are disappointed that immigration reforms were dropped. At least one group is blaming Republicans for wanting to complain about immigration without doing anything to fix it. The U.S. Senate on Thursday completed work on the spending bill as […]

Consumer, environmental groups slam proposed utility increase

By: - December 22, 2022

Several environmental and consumer groups called a press conference Wednesday in front of Columbia Gas’s Columbus headquarters to give the company a lump of coal for Christmas. Their issue? Columbia Gas and some other stakeholders have agreed to allow Columbia to increase its fixed charges by more than 50% — up to $57 a month […]

Health care giant pays Iowa $44M to settle fraud claims with Iowa

By: - December 20, 2022

The nation’s largest Medicaid managed-care company last week agreed to pay Iowa $44.4 million to settle claims that it defrauded the state’s Medicaid system. That makes it the latest state to settle claims that were originally raised in Ohio in 2021. St. Louis-based Centene agreed to pay the money over claims that its subsidiary, Iowa […]

Climate, pandemic conspire against hungry Ohioans

By: - December 19, 2022

In addition to overseas wars and continuing supply-chain disruptions, diseases and climate-driven storms are making it hard to feed the hungriest Ohioans, Ohio’s top food bank official said Friday. And that’s even as continuing inflation is creating ever more of them, she said. “We’re just not seeing a return to normal at all,” said Lisa […]

GOP law-and-order pitch didn’t win many converts, expert says

By: - December 16, 2022

Republicans nationwide went big on claims that crime was rampant in our cities and that it was crucial to elect hard-nosed conservatives to stop it. The November midterms showed that those appeals failed to win over many voters who weren’t already part of the GOP’s rural and exurban base, the executive director of the Death […]

Farm labor bill down to the wire, with Ohio farmers playing significant role in getting it passed

By: - December 15, 2022

This story has been updated with comments from Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Legislation that farmers say is necessary to ensure they have workers they need and to help bring down food costs appears to be coming down to a Christmas deadline. And, a prominent advocate said Wednesday, Ohio farmers are playing a major role in […]