Biz & Labor

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 […]

Sheffield Lake officer reveals new discrimination claims against former chief

BY: - June 22, 2022

A second officer from the Sheffield Lake Police Department has come forward with allegations of racist and now religious workplace harassment against the department’s former chief. Officer A.J. Torres alleged that then-chief Anthony Campo repeatedly produced and shared images that belittled his Catholic faith or caricatured his Latino heritage. “I don’t put away my nationality […]

Unions rally for COVID hazard pay after arbitrator sides with the state

BY: - June 20, 2022

On the Ohio Statehouse steps Friday, labor unions rallied for hazard pay after an arbitrator denied the additional wages last month. “Respect your employees. Pay them,” OCSEA president Chris Mabe said. “We held up our end of the bargain. Now it’s time for you to hold up yours.” Mabe’s organization, the Ohio Civil Service Employees […]

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 […]

Four states win federal grants to expand affordable high-speed internet

BY: - June 8, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday announced the first state awards will go to Virginia, Louisiana, New Hampshire and West Virginia in a massive federal effort to bring affordable, high-speed internet to all American homes and businesses. Projects in the four states are the first to receive funding as part of a $10 billion […]

Survey: Small business owners worry over inflation, labor shortfalls, supply chain

BY: - June 7, 2022

Ohio’s small business owners counted economic inflation, labor shortages and supply chain disruptions as the issue most concerning to their business, according to a recent survey. Some combination of these currents have caused roughly eight in 10 Ohio business owners to raise prices, according to a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. […]

Advocates for $15-an-hour federal minimum wage press Biden for a meeting

BY: - June 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign is urging President Joe Biden to meet with low-income workers before the organization’s march on Washington, D.C., on June 18 to advocate for a $15 federal minimum wage. “What we cannot do is be silent anymore,” Rev. William Barber II, the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said during a […]