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Hundreds of millions in budget cuts to hit all areas of education

BY: - May 7, 2020

The education parts of the $775 million in budget cuts Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced will cover everything from line items at school districts, to an across the board cut to the state share of instruction in higher education. During a press call on Wednesday, Kimberly Murnieks, director of the state’s Office of Budget […]

Planned Medicaid cuts seem reasonable, says policy analyst

BY: - May 7, 2020

Cutting funding from Medicaid might not seem like the best idea in the midst of a global pandemic. But an analyst of state Medicaid policy on Wednesday said cuts planned for the Ohio program seem reasonable, based on what’s known about them so far. State tax revenue has plummeted with the state economy choked down […]

Coronavirus masks: the Ohio legislature’s new partisan divide

BY: - May 7, 2020

Votes and face coverings alike fell along party lines Wednesday. With few exceptions, Ohio’s Republican lawmakers flouted federal guidelines recommending everyone wear masks in congregate settings. Democrats heeded them. Barefaced, Speaker of the House Larry Householder, R-Glenford, said he didn’t even own a mask. “It’s just a personal matter for people,” he said to a […]

COMMENTARY

A “new normal” for commuting?

BY: - May 7, 2020

People are driving a lot less in Ohio these days. A report from the Ohio Department of Transportation suggested there have been a little more than half as many cars on the road as usual statewide since implementation of strict social distancing measures in March. This is good for many Ohioans, and not just because […]

From hospital, Justice Ginsburg slams Trump birth control rules

BY: - May 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — Hospitalization for a gallbladder condition didn’t stop U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from assailing Trump administration’s birth control rules on Wednesday. Ginsburg, 87, was hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday night, but was animated as she participated in an oral argument via teleconference surrounding a Trump administration policy that allows […]

Householder: No bills from House to combat spread of COVID-19

BY: - May 6, 2020

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, said Wednesday the majority caucus isn’t working up any bills designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.  He said the House is crafting legislation designed to repair damage the new coronavirus has caused, like a state unemployment system overwhelmed with 1 million claims in six weeks or uncertainty around […]

Ohio House passes bill to limit Dr. Acton’s power to issue health orders

BY: - May 6, 2020

A small group of Ohio legislators may be given the chance to put the state’s COVID-19 health orders to a vote. The Ohio House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give that group authority to approve or reject certain orders from Dr. Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health. The […]

Ohio testing plan largely silent on reopening businesses, employees

BY: - May 6, 2020

Ohio leaders on Monday announced plans to quickly scale up coronavirus testing as the state allows a phased reopening of businesses. But even though a draft White House report predicts that the U.S. daily deaths from the disease will rise dramatically during the reopening, the Ohio plan offers few details for workers and employers who […]

After confusing primary, advocates and leaders begin planning for fall election

BY: - May 6, 2020

Ohio’s lengthy, unpredictable primary election finally concluded last week.  Now the fight is on to determine how the November general election will proceed. That will be an election with a presidential race and other hot ticket items on the ballot, leading to a much larger turnout compared to the election held primarily through the mail […]

Legislators seek delay in school forecasts as cuts to education announced

BY: - May 6, 2020

House Democrats want to give school districts temporary relief from planning their economic future while the state plans multi-million-dollar cuts to education. In a new bill, introduced this week by state Rep. Lisa Sobecki, D-Toledo, and state Rep. Joe Miller, D-Amherst, school districts would have a 30-day extension on submitting the required five-year economic projections.  […]

COMMENTARY

What will our social compact look like in the wake of COVID-19?

BY: - May 6, 2020

In 2019, more than 1.6 million different Ohioans needed help from a charitable food pantry because they couldn’t meet their nutritional needs without it. They were 82-year-old widowers scraping by on Social Security benefits. They were working parents with children who cobbled together a couple of important, but underpaid, jobs in food service or home […]

Trump intelligence nominee grilled on ‘deep state’ conspiracy theory

BY: - May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — Last summer, Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe withdrew himself from consideration to be the national intelligence director, just days after President Donald Trump nominated him for the job. Key Senate Republicans appeared reluctant to fully embrace the nominee — who has a reputation as a conservative firebrand in the U.S. House — and Ratcliffe faced accusations […]