coronavirus relief

Ohio economists say state’s pandemic spending cuts won’t help the economy

BY: - August 19, 2021

In May 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced $775 million in state spending cuts in the face of what he expected to be lower tax revenues due to economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The cuts included $300 million whacked from K-12 education and $210 million from Medicaid, the health program for the poor. […]

Sen. Brown, local officials want direct payments for COVID-19 relief

BY: - January 28, 2021

City officials are begging for help from the federal government to cover losses in every sector brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says he plans to bring legislation that would align with President Joe Biden’s comprehensive funding plan, and drive direct payments to municipalities across the state. In a […]

Just before Christmas, Columbus evictions proceed despite safety questions

BY: - December 24, 2020

It might be Christmas, but the cruelties of the coronavirus refuse to abate. In addition to all its other horrors, large numbers of central Ohioans are being ordered into an eviction court that appears to have little regard for the disease’s spread. A partial federal moratorium against putting people out of their homes will be […]

COVID-19 in Ohio continues to spiral, DeWine urges compliance, outlines possible steps

BY: - November 13, 2020

The spread of coronavirus in Ohio appears to be spinning out of control, prompting Gov. Mike DeWine to announce additional measures to enforce mask orders and raise the possibility of again shutting down bars and restaurants.

Ohio tries to fill economic vacuum left by feds

BY: - October 21, 2020

Ohio tries to fill economic vacuum left by feds

Advocates: Ohio’s poor increase as feds dither on coronavirus relief

BY: - October 13, 2020

Many Ohioans were already trapped in poverty before the coronavirus forced hundreds of thousands more out of jobs. 

Food bank official urges people to lean on Congress for more assistance

BY: - September 11, 2020

Thursday was national Hunger Action Day and Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of food banks said the facilities continue to see record demand.

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 […]