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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.

Ohio’s open for business, but its testing strategy is not

By: - May 25, 2020

At some point, Ohioans will want frequent access to coronavirus tests and get quick results. That way, they can safely see loved ones who have for months been locked away in nursing homes, for example. But that point appears to be a long way off. By the end of Memorial Day weekend, Ohio’s economy almost […]

Amid budget wreckage, a bright spot for Ohio

By: - May 22, 2020

Ohio officials have been drawing tight the state’s budgetary belt as they see revenue plummet due to coronavirus shutdowns. But hidden in the carnage is a pot of money they’ll have to use as they plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Earlier this month, with April tax revenues far below what was […]

The day Ohio’s coronavirus orders became something less

By: - May 20, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday downgraded many coronavirus orders to advisories, saying most compliance has been voluntary all along.

Much of the federal coronavirus money distributed so far goes to hospitals that need it least, critics say

By: - May 19, 2020

The rich keep getting richer — even among hospitals dealing with a historic pandemic.

As Ohio reopens, top doc raises questions and public has concerns

By: - May 13, 2020

Ohio and other states are easing coronavirus economic restrictions despite warnings from the nation’s top public health doctor and apparent reservations by the public at large. Retail businesses that hadn’t already opened were allowed to do so on Tuesday. Salons and barber shops and outdoor service at restaurants and bars will be allowed to begin […]

DeWine noncommittal on extra Medicaid money from feds

By: - May 12, 2020

State leaders have already slashed half a billion dollars from the state budget, so billions in additional federal funding for Medicaid might sound good right now to those tasked with balancing Ohio’s books.  But Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wouldn’t answer directly Monday when asked whether he supported a request by the National Governors Association that […]

The grim calculus behind Ohio’s economic reopening

By: - May 8, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called it a “great Ohio day” Thursday as he announced plans to reopen bars, restaurants, beauty salons and barber shops in the coming weeks. This comes after factories and other businesses have already opened and retail stores are set to open on Tuesday. But statewide and nationally, infections and deaths from […]

Planned Medicaid cuts seem reasonable, says policy analyst

By: - May 7, 2020

Cutting funding from Medicaid might not seem like the best idea in the midst of a global pandemic. But an analyst of state Medicaid policy on Wednesday said cuts planned for the Ohio program seem reasonable, based on what’s known about them so far. State tax revenue has plummeted with the state economy choked down […]

Ohio testing plan largely silent on reopening businesses, employees

By: - May 6, 2020

Ohio leaders on Monday announced plans to quickly scale up coronavirus testing as the state allows a phased reopening of businesses. But even though a draft White House report predicts that the U.S. daily deaths from the disease will rise dramatically during the reopening, the Ohio plan offers few details for workers and employers who […]

Big testing questions remain as Ohio allows businesses to reopen

By: - May 4, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday began “reopening” the economy, or relaxing coronavirus restrictions.  But he said Ohioans would have to wait until today, Monday, to hear how the state planned to expand testing to determine whether or how the disease might spread in response to the reopening measures.  May 1 marked the reopening of general […]

As Ohio economy reopens, state has no answers for many of the working poor

By: - April 30, 2020

Cases of and deaths from coronavirus continued to rise in Ohio Wednesday as state leaders begin a phased reopening of workplaces. That leaves low-income workers who are older, have compromised health or who have day care issues with a dilemma: either go back to work and risk getting sick or stay home and lose unemployment […]