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House GOP Spending Plan Includes 2% Personal Income Tax Cut

16 Apr , 2021  

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press

Ohioans would receive a 2% personal income tax cut and the state would fund schools in a more equitable fashion under the latest version of the state budget introduced Tuesday by House Republicans.

The 2% cut would amount to $380 million in reduced taxes over two years beginning July 1, and is on top of $120 million in reduced taxes brought on by recently passed legislation that aligns Ohio tax code with federal law, according to majority GOP lawmakers.

The budget also provides previously announced $155 million in grants to help industries negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. More…

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Details Emerge On Proposed Bill To Restrict ‘Vaccine Passports’ In Ohio

13 Apr , 2021  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

Republican-sponsored legislation will seek to prohibit the Ohio government from instituting a “vaccine passport” program, but the drafted proposal does not appear to restrict private businesses from doing so.

Rep. Al Cutrona, R-Canfield, is soon introducing this bill in the Ohio House of Representatives. It has already received support from fellow Republican lawmakers.

The term “vaccine passport” refers to showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination that could allow entry into a given place or public event. The vaccine is optional in Ohio, and Gov. Mike DeWine has given no indication the state government will develop a vaccine passport program here. More…

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County Law Enforcement Agencies Adopt Community Policing Standards

12 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse; State of Ohio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath have released an update on the number of Ohio law enforcement agencies that have implemented Ohio’s statewide minimum standards on use of force, deadly force, hiring, and recruitment.

According to the 2021 Law Enforcement Certification Report issued today by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, a total of 529 law enforcement agencies in Ohio have fully adopted the primary standards and 11 agencies are in the process of adopting the primary standards set by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.

Those updates reflect that all seven of Richland County’s law enforcement agencies are in some phase of the certification process, meaning that 100% of Richland County’s population is covered in this aspect. All 224 law enforcement officers are included. More…

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Some COVID-19 Restrictions Disappear As Case Levels Rise

6 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse; State of Ohio

There’s a bit of reverse directioning going on.

As COVID-19 case numbers are again on the rise in Ohio, Governor DeWine announced on Monday that many restrictions to prevent more infections are going away while certain others, such as mask wearing, are continuing.

Welcome to the latest chapter in a year-long set of moves to address the pandemic.

Changes announced will impact mass gatherings, including sporting events, fairs, festivals, theatres, etc.. Most will now allow these to take place while maintaining limitations on social distancing and other safety measures. More…

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End Of Week COVID-19 Update; Richland County Schools Numbers Shrink

2 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse and Ohio Department of Health Release

The State of Ohio issued several updates on Thursday related to vaccinations, increase in variant spread, Advisory System changes, and more.

Over the previous two days, the State released updated statistics dealing with new COVID-19 infection rates in the state’s schools and long term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living, etc.).

Richland County has shown a precipitous drop in the number of cases in local schools. The following infection levels were reported for the week ending March 31: More…

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Ohio Transportation Budget: What To Know And How It Impacts You

30 Mar , 2021  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio lawmakers recently approved a two-year transportation budget ahead of schedule and without much drama, sending the $8.3 billion package to Gov. Mike DeWine for a signature.

Legislators agreed to allocate billions of dollars toward maintaining and improving Ohio’s transportation infrastructure, including highways, roads and bridges. Despite the governor having proposed major cuts to public transit, lawmakers restored funding to pre-pandemic levels.

Both parties appear pleased with the final product, which will cover the upcoming Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023. More…

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GOP Lawmakers Give DeWine First Override Over Health Bill

25 Mar , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — GOP lawmakers on Wednesday made good on their promise to check the authority of fellow Republican Gov. Mike DeWine by issuing the first override of his term after a yearlong battle over how the state should respond during a health emergency.

The Republican-controlled House and Senate voted after short debates in each chamber to reject DeWine’s veto of legislation restricting the state including local health departments’ ability to respond to emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic.

“Governor DeWine, through his letter Monday and his veto message yesterday, made his serious concerns regarding Senate Bill 22 known to the members of the General Assembly and to the public,” Dan Tierney, the governor’s spokesperson said following the override. More…

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COVID-19 Updates: State And Local

19 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse and State of Ohio

Information released on Wednesday and Thursday provides an updated picture of the current state of the pandemic across the Buckeye State and here in Richland County.

STATEWIDE CASE RATE

Governor DeWine announced that Ohio’s statewide case rate stands at 143.8 cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks. When Ohio reaches 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, all health orders will be lifted. More…

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Will State Medicaid Reforms Prove We Were Getting A Bad Deal?

16 Mar , 2021  

By Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal

The Ohio Department of Medicaid in January implemented a massive overhaul to the way it administers prescription drug benefits to more than a quarter of all Ohioans. Now, the department is hiring its own middleman to handle the transactions.

The department expects to save $128 million during the fiscal year starting July 1 and $184 million the year after that.

That raises an important question: Were the Ohio and federal taxpayers who fund Medicaid getting ripped off under the earlier arrangement, under which the state’s five managed-care plans hired their own middlemen? More…

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Ohio COVID-19 Snapshot For Monday, March 8, 2021

9 Mar , 2021  

Special To 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PHASE 1D AND PHASE 2B VACCINATION ELIGIBILITY 

In response to significant increase in the amount of vaccine coming into Ohio, Governor DeWine today outlined the individuals who are included in Phase 1D and Phase 2B of Ohio’s vaccination plan, which will go into effect on Thursday, March 11.

Phase 1D includes approximately 197,000 eligible Ohioans with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases, including type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease. More…

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Mansfield To Be Home To Mobile Mass Vaccination Clinic

6 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Friday that 15 long-term mass vaccination clinics will open throughout Ohio to significantly expand regional access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The state-sponsored mass vaccination clinics will be located in Lima, Maumee, Dayton, Columbus, Akron, Youngstown, Cincinnati, Chillicothe, Marietta, Wilmington, and Zanesville.

Four mobile mass vaccination clinics will also make rounds in the areas of northwestern and west-central Ohio (Ada), southeastern Ohio (Athens), north-central Ohio (Mansfield), and east-central Ohio (Steubenville). More…

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Ohio To Receive Nearly 450K Coronavirus Vaccines This Week

2 Mar , 2021  

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will receive nearly 450,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine this week thanks to the approval of a third vaccine, and the state is expanding eligible recipients to people 60 and over, pregnant women, day care workers, and police officers, among others, Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday.

The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Mike DeWine said the state will receive 96,100 doses of the vaccine this week.

That will bring to 448,390 total doses available this week in Ohio including Moderna and Pfizer vaccines the state was already scheduled to receive. More…

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Sports, Entertainment Venues Can Reopen Under New Limits

26 Feb , 2021  

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Outdoor and indoor sports and entertainment facilities can reopen with limited attendance under rules announced Thursday by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. He also said guidance for proms, banquets, wedding receptions, fairs, festivals, and parades is coming soon.

The attendance limits could be further eased depending on the progress of the coronavirus pandemic this spring and summer, but could also be restricted if things worsen because of the coronavirus variant, the governor said.

DeWine said outdoor venues can reopen with a maximum 30% capacity and indoor venues with 25% capacity. Social distancing and continued mask wearing are key to making these limits work, the governor said. More…

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Bye Bye, Curfew – At Least For Now

12 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The move was anticipated after Governor Mike DeWine recently stated that the state’s COVID-19 curfew could be lifted if hospitalizations continued to hold steady or drop at or below 2,500 for seven straight days.

On Thursday at noon, that target was met and the Governor lifted the curfew which, until recently, had required Ohioans to stay home between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM. In fact, the Governor shared about that target, “We’ve blown through that!” More…

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All Things Business

Here Are The Proposals To Raise The Minimum Wage For Ohio Workers

1 Feb , 2021  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

There are multiple efforts underway to raise the minimum wage for Ohio workers to $15 an hour.

The plans differ slightly on the timeline to reach that goal, but Democrats in the Ohio Statehouse, in Congress and in the White House are simultaneously pushing for an increase they say is necessary to benefit low-income Americans.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, but states are allowed to set theirs higher. More…

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