Biz & Labor

Ohioans spent $211 million subsidizing two coal plants over last two years

BY: - January 12, 2022

Electric customers across Ohio collectively spent an estimated $211 million via add-on bill charges over the last two years to cover for losses from two coal-fired power plants that continue to bleed millions annually, according to new data from state regulators. The money to the Ohio Valley Electric Corp. (OVEC) — an entity comprised of […]

Buckeye Institute, DeWine, defend ending pandemic unemployment assistance

BY: - January 12, 2022

A think-tank in favor of Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to end supplemental unemployment assistance despite a continued pandemic impacting the economy is yet again pushing the Ohio Supreme Court to support the decision. The governor himself is also weighing in. The federal supplemental assistance from The CARES Act expired on Sept. 4, 2021 though DeWine […]

Sixth state settles with Medicaid contractor

BY: - January 11, 2022

New Hampshire became the sixth state to announce a settlement with a Medicaid managed-care company that Ohio first accused of ripping off taxpayers.  In a statement last week, New Hampshire Attorney General John M. Formella said that St. Louis-based Centene had agreed to pay the state $21.1 million to settle state claims that Centene overbilled […]

SCOTUS takes up Ohio’s vaccine mandate challenge

BY: - January 7, 2022

Ohio led arguments Friday on behalf of 26 other Republican-led states opposing a workplace vaccination mandate before the U.S. Supreme Court. But Ohio’s solicitor general, Ben Flowers, didn’t appear in person. Despite getting vaccinated and boosted, Flowers tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the court’s testing requirements. The policy in question, proposed by the […]

Ohio foodbanks starting to go hungry

BY: - January 7, 2022

As the coronavirus pandemic enters its third year, Ohio’s foodbanks are in a perilous state, an official who helps run them said Wednesday. The centers have gotten through the crisis with special relief funds and help from the National Guard. But as happened repeatedly through the pandemic, foodbanks are facing increasing strains as temporary relief […]

Medicaid provider to drop legal action against state

BY: - January 5, 2022

An Ohio-based Medicaid managed-care company is poised to end its legal action against the state. Last year it accused the Ohio Department of Medicaid of bias and conflicts in a $22 billion bidding process. Toledo-based Paramount Advantage now says that if the department approves a deal for Anthem to take over Paramount’s patients, it will […]

Dayton utility asks regulators to make electric shutoffs easier

BY: - January 4, 2022

A Dayton area utility company has asked state regulators to relax the rules around shutting off power to customers who are behind on their electric bills. State regulations require utility companies, after filing written notices with customers who owe them money, to send an employee to make a final house call before cutting their power. […]

Ohio economists mixed on the benefits of legalized sports betting

BY: - December 27, 2021

The economic benefits of sports-related activity continue to get mixed reviews from Ohio economists.  In a survey released this week, 10 of 23 academic economists said they believed the economic benefits of legalized gambling on sports would outweigh the costs. Four said they expected costs to outweigh the benefits and the other nine were uncertain. […]

Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states

BY: - December 27, 2021

Most states in the U.S. are in violation of a major federal drug statute. The 1971 Controlled Substances Act lists marijuana in the most dangerous category defined in the law, on par with cocaine and heroin because of its supposed potential for abuse and lack of medical applications. But 36 states plus the District of […]

Ohio CEOs paid well as employee wages have dipped

BY: - December 23, 2021

Using data from the Ohio Department of Development and Fortune 500 listings, a report from an Ohio policy thinktank found significant pay disparities between state CEOs and their employees. The main finding of the study conducted by Policy Matters Ohio showed the median pay of a chief executive officer in 54 of Ohio’s 100 largest […]

Recreational marijuana backers submit signatures

BY: - December 22, 2021

A group pushing for recreational marijuana in Ohio is one step closer to the ballot after the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted 200,000-plus signatures to state officials. Now county boards of elections begin the work of verifying signatures. The coalition’s plan would allow Ohioans over 21 possess, use, and purchase cannabis. They propose […]

Senate sends homebrew legislation to governor

BY: - December 16, 2021

Elmer Steingass’ friends call him Goose, and his brown ale took home a gold medal at a recent homebrewing competition. It’s going to be tough to get a taste, though. That’s because homebrewing falls into a bit of a grey area under Ohio law. A measure on its way to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk would […]