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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.

Fifty years in, death penalty still unworkable, group says

By: - June 29, 2022

If there’s a way to make the death penalty nonarbitrary and nondiscriminatory, the United States hasn’t found it, a group that studies capital punishment said in a report released Tuesday. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Furman v Georgia. It effectively put the death penalty on hold after the court […]

Former CVS exec accuses it of ripping off seniors, taxpayers

By: - June 28, 2022

The top leadership of CVS Health directed an illegal scheme to work across the corporation’s sprawling subsidiaries to drive up drug prices in the Medicare program, says a whistleblower suit that was recently unsealed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. It accuses CVS of breaching firewalls between its SilverScript prescription drug plan, CVS Caremark, its […]

Beyond the rhetoric: Abortion restrictions will affect poor & minorities unequally

By: - June 24, 2022

As with so many aspects of the culture wars, the American debate over abortion seems to spend little time considering what policies will actually do to the people at whom they’re aimed. Proponents of restrictions — or outright bans — believe they’re fighting to save unborn lives. But while the question of when an unborn […]

Deep inside the gun bill: a break for drug middlemen

By: - June 22, 2022

Many Americans across the political spectrum are clamoring for federal action on guns in the wake of a mass shooting at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store and hundreds of other mass shootings. But buried in a bipartisan compromise hashed out by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday is an unrelated provision they might not be so happy about. Apropos of nothing, the gun bill would enhance the exemption drug middlemen working with Medicare have from the federal "Anti-Kickback Statute." 

Ohio economists: Child tax credit would be a boon

By: - June 22, 2022

It would be great for Ohio children and the overall economy if Ohio were to implement child tax credits similar to the federal ones that expired at the beginning of the year. That was the overwhelming consensus in a survey published Tuesday of a panel of the state’s academic economists. In the survey, conducted by […]

Feds to probe drug rebates

By: - June 20, 2022

The Federal Trade Commission last week announced what some observers believe could be a game-changer when it comes to the rising cost of prescription drugs. The agency — which is meant to protect fair competition — said it would look into the murky practice by which drugmakers grant rebates and other fees to insurer-owned pharmacy […]

Going hungry: Pandemic, inflation, supply issues prompt cry for help

By: - June 16, 2022

As state leaders spend money on other things, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks this week issued an extraordinary plea for assistance, saying many rural foodbanks are rationing food and those in other parts of the state soon will be. From the coronavirus pandemic to supply chain disruptions and inflation, to Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, […]

Big Ohio care provider accused of putting profit over patients — in the UK

By: - June 15, 2022

Health care giant Centene — which was accused of fraud in Ohio — is now in hot water in the United Kingdom. The BBC program “Panorama” this week published a documentary film and a news story saying that a Centene subsidiary there appeared to be skimping on costs and compromising care.  For its part, Centene’s […]

Even according to its metrics, JobsOhio gets a middling grade

By: - June 14, 2022

JobsOhio insists on grading itself according to its chosen criteria. But when it eventually shared parts of its own analysis, even that put Ohio in the middle of the pack relative to the six states JobsOhio compares itself to. The economic-development agency has spent more than $1 billion since 2015, but last month it said […]

Federal Trade Commission to investigate pharmacy middlemen

By: - June 9, 2022

After years of pleading, the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday voted to investigate the practices of some of the nation’s largest companies. They’re accused of using their dominance in myriad sectors of the health care space to drive up costs, drive out competition and reap profits. Four of the six companies to be investigated have […]

Hundreds of millions more in incentives offered to Intel

By: - June 2, 2022

Ohio was already poised to offer Intel $1.9 billion to build a $20 billion semiconductor plant in Central Ohio. But a public policy group is calling out what it says are previously undisclosed tax breaks that would be worth hundreds of millions more — at least. A slice of those tax breaks would cost funding […]

How does JobsOhio stack up? Don’t ask them

By: - May 31, 2022

The group that sued to stop the creation of JobsOhio was ProgressOhio, not Policy Matters Ohio. This story has been updated with the correct information. Since 2015, JobsOhio has spent more than a billion dollars in an effort to revive the state’s lagging economy. That’s money that would have gone into the state treasury if […]