CARES Act

Portman, fan of a big tax cut for the rich, won’t say whether he supports $2T in coronavirus relief

BY: - October 22, 2020

Portman, fan of a big tax cut for the rich, won't say whether he supports $2T in coronavirus relief

With CARES Act funding drying up, Ohio joins nation in finding new sources of child care support

BY: - October 14, 2020

While child care centers are still in need of support to make it through the pandemic, Ohio was not alone in having to find more money beyond federal dollars amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio’s methods of subsidizing struggling child care facilities were part of a national study done by the non-profit think tank Bipartisan Policy […]

Mail-in ballots are safe from fraud, but other aspects of election system are vulnerable to attack

BY: - October 6, 2020

There is no evidence, despite partisan claims to the contrary, that mail-in ballots are rife with voting fraud — but there are parts of the election system that security researchers say are at far greater risk for malicious activity. National elections like the one in November, when Americans will decide whether Donald Trump or Joe […]

COMMENTARY

More federal help is critical in building a bridge to economic recovery

BY: - September 25, 2020

Many Ohioans have responded with great compassion during the pandemic and recession — donating to the local food bank, helping sick neighbors run errands and showing up to their essential frontline jobs, despite the risk. Our individual efforts — as heroic as they may have been — are not big enough to build a bridge to […]

COMMENTARY

Some ideas for Gov. DeWine on how to help struggling Ohioans

BY: - September 4, 2020

In his Aug. 25 news conference Gov. Mike DeWine outlined some good work the state is initiating to expand COVID-19 testing in underserved communities — presumably including neighborhoods of Black and Latinx Ohioans and people with low incomes. He indicated he’s open to ideas about how to help all Ohioans — no matter where they […]

Mnuchin: White House would back additional cash to states in relief deal

BY: - September 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said the Trump administration would be open to providing additional aid to state and local governments — a key sticking point in stalled negotiations over another round of federal coronavirus relief. Mnuchin also urged lawmakers to move forward with a package that would address specific areas of […]

Controlling Board gets update on absentee ballots, approved education, COVID-19 testing funding

BY: - August 25, 2020

The state’s controlling board has designated money for schools, election boards and COVID-19 testing, but members of those departments spent most of their time Monday answering questions on future plans. In their regular meeting, the legislative body that distributes funding to governmental entities approved funding to train election precinct officials, and the distribution of CARES […]

State won’t consider most of funding request by advocates for the poor

BY: - August 24, 2020

When it meets on Monday, the Ohio Controlling Board won’t consider most of the funding requests by advocates who say hundreds of thousands of low-income Ohioans might face hunger and eviction in the coming weeks. The advocates say that with the expiration of federal unemployment supplements and eviction moratoriums — and with the resumption of […]

As lawmakers squabble over unemployment, jobless workers face a big hit

BY: - July 31, 2020

Congress is continuing to squabble over whether to extend a federal supplement to unemployment insurance and if they do, by how much. But as they argue over whether to continue the supplement at $600-a-week level or some fraction of that, out-of-work Americans are left to worry whether they can survive on state benefits that often […]

In visit with DeVos, Ohio Senate leadership promotes school choice during pandemic

BY: - July 27, 2020

During a town hall at one of Columbus’ private Christian schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and two state senate leaders promoted the option of private schools as educators decide on a COVID-19 plan. Senate President Larry Obhof went so far as to say parents should have the choice to change schools in the […]

The CARES Act ends very soon. What’s next for Ohio workers?

BY: - July 23, 2020

The CARES Act has let many Ohioans live, but many provisions are about to expire without action from the federal government. Normally, unemployment only pays 50% of one’s weekly wage. Independent contractors had been traditionally left out of unemployment benefits entirely. Yet, COVID-19’s impact has been omnipresent and far-reaching —  with nearly every industry being […]

Ohio cities desperate for federal funding to save jobs, local economies

BY: - July 20, 2020

City officials from across the state say federal funding is the only way their previously thriving municipalities can survive the pandemic and its accompanying recession. City mayors and city council members are trying to push U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to support funding through the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act), saying […]