Yost Joins Investigation with 49 Other Attorneys General

COLUMBUS, Sept. 10 – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, along with attorneys general from 47 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have announced a multistate investigation of tech giant Google’s business practices to determine whether those practices violate state and federal antitrust laws.

Brown Urges VA To Expand List Of Medical Conditions For Veterans Exposed To Agent Orange

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 10 – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has joined his colleagues in urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to take action on behalf of thousands of veterans across the country living with chronic health conditions, by expanding the Department’s list of medical conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

Saturday Stats: Billions in ballooning tax breaks

Sept. 8 - $9.8 billion: That’s how much potential tax revenue Ohio gives up due to tax breaks lawmakers give out. Wendy Patton and Zach Schiller took a deep dive into Ohio’s biggest and fastest-growing tax breaks so you don’t have to. Read their paper for the scoop on how your money is being spent.

Ohio tax breaks: $9.8 billion and growing

Sept. 5 - In the final year of the new state budget, Ohio will forgo $9.8 billion in estimated tax revenue due to tax breaks legislators have created. That amounts to more than state dollars spent on human services like child care and aid to people with disabilities, according to a new report by Policy Matters Ohio.

Ohio’s tax code needs cleaning up

Sept. 5 - Ohio’s tax code is upside-down and full of holes. The wealthiest pay less as a share of income than Ohioans with the lowest-incomes. If they closed some of these loopholes, legislators could make our tax code more fair and also generate a lot of revenue for important things like public education.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Meets with Japanese Ambassador to the United States Shinsuke Sugiyama

COLUMBUS, Sept. 4 — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine met with Shinsuke Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan to the United States today at the Ohio Statehouse. Joined by Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, Kristi Tanner of JobsOhio, and Tsutomu Nakagawa, Consul General of Japan, and Soichiro Suzuki, Second Secretary at the Embassy of Japan, the group discussed Ohio’s long-standing relationship with Japan and the upcoming business development mission from Sept 8-13, 2019.

Joyce Applauds $13.1 Million in CDC Grants Awarded to Ohio Dept. of Health, Cuyahoga County Board of Health to Battle Opioid Crisis

BAINBRIDGE, Sept. 4 – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for awarding a combined $13,110,102 to the Ohio Department of Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Of that $13.1 million, which aims to advance the understanding of the opioid overdose epidemic and scale-up prevention and response activities, $8,698,506 was awarded to the Ohio Department of Health and $4,411,596 was awarded to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

Funds Will Help Expand Access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Across the State

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 4 — Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released an additional installment of State Opioid Response (SOR) grants that includes a $55,790,598 grant to the Ohio Department of Health to address the addiction crisis in Ohio. These funds will be used to expand access to addiction treatment that works, especially medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with appropriate social supports. The Ohio Department of Health will distribute these funds.

At height of expansion, Ohio workers not thriving

The economic expansion begun in June 2009 has stretched for more than 121 months, making it the longest in history. For most Ohioans, however, benefits are proving elusive, according to the State of Working Ohio, 2019: Realities and Remedies, a report from Policy Matters Ohio. While unemployment is extremely low at the state and national level, Ohio job growth has stalled, Ohio labor force participation is lower than it has ever been, and Ohio wages have not caught up to previous peaks.