Politics & Gov

Economists: Ohio student loan forgiveness might raise tuition, but not inflation

BY: - November 25, 2022

President Joe Biden continues to defer student loan payments as the legality of his plan to forgive $10,000 to $20,000 in student loans is hashed out in court. But if Ohio were to implement its own blanket student loan forgiveness, it might have the ironic effect of incentivizing institutions to raise tuition costs, but would […]

Will teacher shortages become another chronic problem facing education?

BY: - November 24, 2022

Education advocates, and even those teaching the next generation of educators, are concerned that a teacher shortage may become a chronic problem, even as pandemic-related interruptions fade away. When the General Assembly came back into session after the November election, the biggest effort brought into the lame duck session was a bill that would overhaul […]

Effort to claw back $10M in staff bonuses for Ohio teacher retirement system withdrawn

BY: - November 23, 2022

At least 200 employees of the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio made more than $100,000 a year in 2021.  An earlier version of this story said that all of the system’s employees listed on the Ohio Checkbook database made more than that, but that was inaccurate. A spokesman said more than half of the […]

Opponents question harsher sentences for illegal gun possession in Ohio

BY: - November 23, 2022

An Ohio House measure aimed at increasing penalties for those who have a gun illegally is advancing in committee. But its opponents argue it won’t change the problems it sets out to fix. Ohio state Rep. Kyle Koehler’s HB 383 raises the penalty for illegally possessing a weapon from a third-degree to a second-degree felony […]

Voting advocates raise alarm about Ohio GOP measures to limit absentee voting and drop boxes

BY: - November 22, 2022

Voting rights groups are raising concerns with two voting bills Ohio Republican lawmakers appear poised to advance during the lame duck session: One for photo voter ID, and the other to limit drop boxes and absentee voting. In the Ohio House, lawmakers are working on a proposal that places limits on drop boxes, absentee voting, […]

Ohio Democratic lawmakers push bill to reestablish local control on gun violence protection

BY: - November 22, 2022

Ohio Democratic lawmakers are pushing to reestablish local control over gun regulation as well as repeal so-called ‘stand your ground’ in Ohio, though neither bill is likely to become law considering Republican supermajorities. The two new Democrat-led bills hope to address gun violence happening in urban centers. With Republican supermajorities in the legislature, and bigger […]

Bad Blood: Ohio AG evaluating if he can investigate Ticketmaster for Taylor Swift ticketing mess

BY: - November 22, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is evaluating whether he has the legal ability […]

Health harms of mass shootings ripple across communities

BY: - November 22, 2022

This article was originally published in Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. A grim and familiar pattern has followed the parade of mass shootings across America. In their aftermath, the nation’s attention focuses on the direct victims of the attacks, the dead and injured, their families and friends, and the witnesses. But a […]

Ohio GOP moves forward bill to strip powers from Board of Ed. after losing control to Democrats

BY: - November 21, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Democratic-affiliated candidates won control over the State Board of Education in Ohio, and […]

In survey, Ohioans report average happiness, satisfaction, low anxiety

BY: - November 21, 2022

Taking a page from the British, a group this summer surveyed residents of all 50 states to see how they felt about their own lives. Ohio scored in the middle of the pack according to three indices and did much better than most, according to a fourth.  The group Gross National Happiness USA commissioned the […]

Ohio senators weigh new penalties for disrupting religious services

BY: - November 21, 2022

State lawmakers are proposing stiffer penalties in cases where a person interrupts a religious service. The measure passed the Ohio House in April and it’s working its way through the Senate now. In a Judiciary committee hearing last week, Michael Rodgers from the Attorney General’s office laid out the idea behind the “Sacred Spaces Act.” […]

Congressional Hispanic Caucus welcomes new House members, reflects on Latino vote

BY: - November 21, 2022

The campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus welcomed the highest number of Democratic Latino lawmakers elected to Congress, during a Friday event at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. CHC BOLD PAC chair, Democratic U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, said continuing to reach out to Latino communities and young voters will be key to […]