Biz & Labor

Many census jobs in Ohio still available

BY: - January 27, 2020

With the 2020 U.S. Census approaching, the federal government is hiring hundreds of thousands of Americans to conduct field work and staff the many temporary offices. This includes jobs in all of Ohio’s 88 counties as well as seven offices located in the Buckeye State — in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Mansfield, Akron, Cleveland and Toledo. […]

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Progressives take dueling approaches to lift Ohio’s minimum wage

BY: - January 23, 2020

Ohio progressives are waging a two-pronged war to hike the minimum wage to among the highest of any state in the nation.  On one front, a House committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill sponsored by House Democrats that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. Similarly, people associated with different […]

Ohio Senate Democrat targets 18-and-up bars

BY: - January 22, 2020

Democratic state Sen. Tina Maharath wants the underclassmen off the barstools.  The senator from Franklin County introduced a bill that would prohibit anyone under 21 years of age from entering establishments where booze drives more than 60 percent of total receipts in a given year.  Currently, 18-and-up bars are a Google search away for minors […]

Ohio’s exploding vouchers program, a $13 minimum wage and a domestic violence bill

BY: - January 21, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Vouchers. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler is reporting, “Change To Exploding Voucher Program Likely Coming, But Time Is […]

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Efforts to curb prevailing wage in Ohio a Republican trend

BY: - January 17, 2020

Republican lawmakers have tried for years to curb prevailing wage law in Ohio, and the most-recent effort calls for removing the law entirely.  The Capital Journal has reported that two Ohio House members, Ron Hood of Ashville and Bill Dean of Xenia, plan to soon introduce legislation to end prevailing wage.  Many of the sponsoring […]

What you need to know about Ohio’s prevailing wage law

BY: - January 16, 2020

In addition to the federal prevailing wage law, 26 states and Washington D.C. have their own versions of the legislation. Ohio has a prevailing wage law on the books, but lawmakers in 1997 exempted school construction projects from its reach. Efforts to repeal or weaken the law have come and gone since then.  With two […]

$30 million in funding ready for H2Ohio farmers

BY: - January 15, 2020

Farmers in some northwest Ohio counties can get funding to help reduce agricultural runoff and keep algal blooms out of Lake Erie, according to an announcement made Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the governor’s office said $30 million would be available next month through the governor’s “H2Ohio” program meant to address water quality […]

Two Republican Ohio House members look to eliminate prevailing wage law

BY: - January 15, 2020

Two Republican legislators have asked their colleagues to support a soon-to-be proposed bill which would eliminate prevailing wage in Ohio. The impending legislative battle is likely to spark objections from labor unions and put pressure on House Speaker Larry Householder, who reportedly made a commitment to labor groups in his quest for leadership a year […]

New programs to help Ohioans receive job training

BY: - January 13, 2020

New programs meant to offer job training opportunities to Ohioans are established with the signing of House Bill 2. Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and other state economics officials were on-hand for a signing ceremony Monday at a machine shop in Bluffton. HB2, sponsored by state Reps. Jon Cross, R-Kenton, and Michele Lepore-Hagan, […]

Brown, Portman boast support of new trade agreement

BY: - January 9, 2020

Ohio’s U.S. Senators gave their input on a new trade agreement approved by the Senate Finance Committee this week. Both U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Rob Portman spoke positively about the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (USMCA) by the committee on Tuesday. Brown mentioned a provision he said he worked to […]

Ohio has seen an increase of nearly 12,000 uninsured children the past two years

BY: - January 7, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Nearly 12,000 more uninsured children. The Columbus Dispatch’s Cathy Candisky is reporting that, “Thousands more of Ohio’s […]

Search for contractors continues Ohio’s orphan oil and gas plugging efforts

BY: - January 3, 2020

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is starting a new phase of a process to address idle and orphan oil and gas wells. As part of the Orphan Well Program, the state is looking for contractors to plug about 200 wells in the next year all over the state, with millions in legislature-approved funding ready […]