Budget Bite: Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

June 26 - Ohio will spend more than $1.8 billion a year over the next two years to keep nearly 50,000 people in prison.
The budgets proposed by Governor Mike DeWine, the House and the Senate all increase funding for the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and direct a chunk of new money to some smart incarceration alternatives.

Summertime is Peak Time for Thunder and Lightning Storms

COLUMBUS, June 20 – In an annual coordinated effort with the National Weather Service (NWS), the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is promoting June 23-29 as National Lightning Safety Awareness Week and encourages all Ohioans to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer.

Brown, Portman Introduce Resolution Marking 50 Years Of Environmental Progress Since Cuyahoga River Fire, Call For Continued Action

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2019 – This week, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the Senate marking 50 years of environmental progress since the last time the Cuyahoga River caught on fire on June 22, 1969. The Senate resolution describes how the fire spurred important federal environmental action, including passage of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.

Ohio lost jobs in May, but unemployment fell

June 21, 2019 - May was a challenging month for job growth across the nation with a gain of only 75,000 jobs. Ohio was not spared. The state lost 3,900 in May. Small gains in production work did not offset losses in education, health care, finance, and other service sector jobs, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Saturday stats: Taxes, Juneteenth and going green

* 154: It’s been 154 years since the first Juneteenth celebration, when former slaves learned they were free and took to the streets to rejoice. Sadly, the story doesn’t end there. In a guest blog, Ohio Organizing Collaborative Executive Director damareo cooper explains that the legacy of slavery still looms large in the United States – especially in our criminal justice system.