Gov. Mike DeWine

Beyond the rhetoric: Abortion restrictions will affect poor & minorities unequally

BY: - June 24, 2022

As with so many aspects of the culture wars, the American debate over abortion seems to spend little time considering what policies will actually do to the people at whom they’re aimed. Proponents of restrictions — or outright bans — believe they’re fighting to save unborn lives. But while the question of when an unborn […]

Going hungry: Pandemic, inflation, supply issues prompt cry for help

BY: - June 16, 2022

As state leaders spend money on other things, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks this week issued an extraordinary plea for assistance, saying many rural foodbanks are rationing food and those in other parts of the state soon will be. From the coronavirus pandemic to supply chain disruptions and inflation, to Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, […]

Even according to its metrics, JobsOhio gets a middling grade

BY: - June 14, 2022

JobsOhio insists on grading itself according to its chosen criteria. But when it eventually shared parts of its own analysis, even that put Ohio in the middle of the pack relative to the six states JobsOhio compares itself to. The economic-development agency has spent more than $1 billion since 2015, but last month it said […]

Hundreds of millions more in incentives offered to Intel

BY: - June 2, 2022

Ohio was already poised to offer Intel $1.9 billion to build a $20 billion semiconductor plant in Central Ohio. But a public policy group is calling out what it says are previously undisclosed tax breaks that would be worth hundreds of millions more — at least. A slice of those tax breaks would cost funding […]

How does JobsOhio stack up? Don’t ask them

BY: - May 31, 2022

The group that sued to stop the creation of JobsOhio was ProgressOhio, not Policy Matters Ohio. This story has been updated with the correct information. Since 2015, JobsOhio has spent more than a billion dollars in an effort to revive the state’s lagging economy. That’s money that would have gone into the state treasury if […]

Lt. Gov. Husted joins bank board — while he’s still in office

BY: - May 25, 2022

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says he doesn’t have a conflict of interest as a new board member of an Ohio bank — that’s regulated by the administration of which Husted is a part. Despite the denial, his new side gig is likely to add to ethics questions about an administration that has already had […]

Ohioans go hungry as state sits on a huge stack of money

BY: - May 24, 2022

Some food banks are slashing the amounts of food they give people. At the same time, Ohio and many other states are sitting on enormous piles of cash, and a spokesman for Gov. Mike DeWine was vague last week when asked how the governor would like to use that money.

Newly revealed texts suggest regulator knew rate hike was improper

BY: - May 20, 2022

More evidence emerged Friday that Ohioans for years have faced questionable utility increases that were granted out of possibly dubious motives. On June 19, 2019, FirstEnergy’s leaders were furiously pushing what would later be called one of the biggest bribery and money laundering schemes in Ohio history. The same day, the Ohio Supreme Court struck […]

Gov. DeWine is invested in Intel. But he won’t say how much

BY: - May 18, 2022

As Ohio negotiates almost a $2 billion incentive package with electronic chip maker Intel, Gov. Mike DeWine owns stock in the company, according to ethics disclosures that were due on Monday. However, the governor declined to say much about the investment beyond the very general information that is required under Ohio ethics law. Intel in […]

JobsOhio says it’s not a public entity, but is that true?

BY: - May 10, 2022

Ohio’s economic developer, JobsOhio, is quick to say it’s a private, non-profit corporation and it’s quick to add that its hundreds of millions of dollars are private as well.  “JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation wholly funded by an independent private source — the profits from the JobsOhio Beverage System (JOBS) liquor enterprise — that […]

Experts: Whaley might actually have a shot in November

BY: - May 5, 2022

Anybody who’s been around Ohio politics for a minute knows this: It’s not the best use of your money to bet it against Mike DeWine. Since 1976, he’s been winning elections in the Buckeye State — first as Greene County Prosecutor, then in 1980 to the state Senate, then in 1982 to the U.S. House […]

Whaley cruises in Ohio Dem governor primary

BY: - May 4, 2022

DAYTON — The next Ohio governor will be from the Southwest portion of the state. Former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley scored an easy victory in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. The Associated Press called the race early in the evening as Whaley was leading former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley by a margin of two to one. […]