Jon Husted

Ohio’s open for business, but its testing strategy is not

BY: - May 25, 2020

At some point, Ohioans will want frequent access to coronavirus tests and get quick results. That way, they can safely see loved ones who have for months been locked away in nursing homes, for example. But that point appears to be a long way off. By the end of Memorial Day weekend, Ohio’s economy almost […]

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 […]

Ohio unemployment claims more than 855,000 over past four weeks

BY: - April 16, 2020

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported Thursday 158,678 initial jobless claims over the past week to the U.S. Deptartment of Labor, bringing the number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last four weeks to 855,197. “To put that in perspective, the total for the last four weeks of […]

COVID-19 in Appalachia: The state of businesses

BY: - April 6, 2020

Note: This is the first story in a multi-part series detailing the effects of COVID-19 on Appalachian Ohio and how local residents, businesses and health professionals are responding to best serve their region. You can read later parts here: on communities; on health and testing; and on telemedicine.  When the Farrar brothers of Marietta were […]

DeWine announces more COVID-19 response initiatives, from small biz to testing

BY: - April 2, 2020

There was no one bombshell, but Wednesday’s COVID-19 news conference featured a number of important programs and orders announced that are meant to address the ongoing public health crisis. Here are the latest important developments:  Governor to manufacturers: ‘We need your help’ Gov. Mike DeWine announced the creation of the “Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight […]

New safety program allows Ohioans to inform police of communication disabilities

BY: - January 28, 2020

The program allowing Ohioans to identify as having a communication disability, for the purpose of informing law enforcement, is now in place. Residents with a diagnosed communications disability can voluntarily be added to the database. The hope is that officers can learn about someone’s disability prior to making contact, which the program’s website states will […]

New programs to help Ohioans receive job training

BY: - January 13, 2020

New programs meant to offer job training opportunities to Ohioans are established with the signing of House Bill 2. Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and other state economics officials were on-hand for a signing ceremony Monday at a machine shop in Bluffton. HB2, sponsored by state Reps. Jon Cross, R-Kenton, and Michele Lepore-Hagan, […]

GM, LG Chem to build new Lordstown plant, create 1,100 jobs

BY: - December 5, 2019

A partnership with General Motors and South Korean company LG Chem will lead to a new factory for electric vehicle batteries and reportedly create 1,100 jobs in Lordstown, Ohio. The facility will be located “in the Lordstown area,” GM announced on Thursday, the site of a former assembly plant that GM closed earlier this year. […]

Ohio Dems want to increase turnout by making Election Day a holiday. Will it help?

BY: - December 3, 2019

A pair of Democratic state legislators are seeking to improve voter access and turnout by making Election Day a state holiday in Ohio. Their proposal would only apply to general elections, held each November, and would result in government offices being closed that day. The idea is to give employees of public offices a paid […]