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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.

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 […]