Biz & Labor

Docs dispute AG’s claim that Ohio law allows 10-year-olds to get abortions

BY: - July 15, 2022

A defiant Dave Yost on Wednesday told News 5 in Cleveland “I never apologize for speaking the truth” when asked if he should apologize for an interview he did on Fox News a night earlier. That was when he raised doubts with host Jesse Watters that a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim had actually been forced […]

Judge rejects bid to settle FirstEnergy bribery suit with shareholders elsewhere

BY: - July 8, 2022

A federal judge in Akron has refused to dismiss a lawsuit between FirstEnergy Corp. — which has admitted that it bribed two top Ohio politicians with $64 million — and some of its shareholders. U.S. District Judge John R. Adams denied a motion Tuesday, filed jointly by the company and its investors, asking him to […]

Retired teachers go to court for Ohio pension records

BY: - July 7, 2022

An analyst working for Ohio retired teachers went to court last week seeking records relating to the state pension funds. The analyst is trying to determine whether teachers' pension money is being squandered on high-fee "alternative" investments such as private equity and hedge funds. He is also investigating whether external consultants directing such investments are also being paid by the firms in which retirement system money is being invested.

AEP cut 164,000 Ohioans’ power for nonpayment last year, more than any other utility

BY: - July 7, 2022

American Electric Power disconnected more of its customers for late bills than any other utility in the state last year, new regulatory filings show. Between June 2021 and May 2022, AEP Ohio disconnected nearly 164,000 customers from their electric service. That’s more than twice as many as its second place counterpart, FirstEnergy Corp., whose three […]

Biden touts pension rescue, economic agenda in Cleveland

BY: - July 7, 2022

“We turned a promise broken into a promise kept,” Joe Biden told a crowd of union workers in Cleveland Wednesday. The president’s visit offered a victory lap for provisions in his American Rescue Plan, or ARPA, that will keep a number of multi-employer pension plans from becoming insolvent. According to the Biden administration, that legislation […]

The bedeviling details. Roe decision leaves Ohio health providers scrambling

BY: - July 5, 2022

Abortion foes celebrated victory in a 50-year fight on June 24, when the U.S. Supreme overturned Roe v Wade and allowed states to severely restrict — or even eliminate — women’s access to abortion. But for those who care for pregnant women, the ideological victory posed a swarm of burdensome questions they haven’t begun to […]

After forced outages AEP offers support, scant details on improvements

BY: - July 5, 2022

In Columbus Friday, Reps. Latyna Humphrey, D-Columbus and Dontavius Jarrells, D-Columbus, joined the COO of AEP and local service providers to talk about support available for residents impacted by recent power outages. But AEP President and COO Marc Reitter was vague about steps the company is taking to avoid similar outages in the future. (Correction: […]

Lt. Gov. Husted: Outside job on bank board is educational

BY: - July 1, 2022

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Thursday said a controversial job he’s taken on the board of a community bank has been highly educational and will pay about $20,000 a year. Husted’s decision to serve on the board of Heartland Bank stirred controversy when it became public last month for at least two reasons: His office […]

Millions of Ohioans facing home gas and electric rate hikes

BY: - June 28, 2022

Ohio utility companies have asked state regulators for permission to raise home gas, electric and water costs on more than 2.75 million Ohio customers. Those charges could be spread between customers of Columbia Gas, AES Ohio, Duke Energy, and Aqua Ohio. The utilities, all investor-owned, are collectively asking for another $400 million in annual charges. […]

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 […]

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 […]