Rep Jon Cross at Ohio Statehouse
Karen Kasler

Ohio is moving towards lifting nearly every health order related to the pandemic in the next three weeks. Business groups and state leaders say what happens next will have a big impact on the economy.

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As summer approaches and more Ohioans are getting vaccinated, many businesses are thinking about what the new normal will look like post-pandemic. Certainly not everyone can work from home. A poll from Morning Consult last month showed two-thirds of employees who can want to return to the office as soon as possible. But that same poll showed 84 percent enjoyed working remotely.

Dan Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is releasing more details behind the sweepstakes created to encourage Ohioans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While legislators from both sides of the aisles are criticizing DeWine’s plan to use federal relief dollars for the million-dollar prizes. 

A sportbook at New York New York casino in Las Vegas
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The bill to legalize sports gambling in Ohio is not even a week old. And it was changed even before its first hearing on Wednesday.

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Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has announced the state will cut off the additional $300 in weekly federal assistance going to unemployed workers, starting in late June. DeWine says this is another step in restoring the market while others call it a mistake.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said in a statewide address Wednesday that the state will lift most of its health orders, including the mask mandate, in the next three weeks. He also announced a series of $1 million drawings and other incentives for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Jeff Jacobson, representing the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel, testifies at the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.
The Ohio Channel

The state's consumer watchdog is calling for the repeal of coal plant subsidies, which were approved in the controversial nuclear bailout, HB6. A bill now at the center of an alleged bribery scheme. The Ohio Consumers' Counsel office says the coal plant subsidies mean ratepayers are bearing the cost of inefficient plants.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Cincinnati)
Statehouse News Bureau

Yesterday, in a phone call with reporters, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman suggested Ohio reject the extra $300 a week that is being given to unemployed Ohioans. This is a follow-up question and answer during that call that provides more  insight on his comments . 

A hallway at Westland High School near Columbus, photographed in 2018.
Karen Kasler

The school funding formula that’s in the latest version of the two-year state budget now being considered by the Ohio Senate will likely cost more than expected. The formula passed by the House last month seeks to calculate state aid based on 60% property values and 40% income in each school district.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs bill that provides housing relief
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Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law a $465 million bill meant to help lower-income Ohioans pay for rent and mortgages. 

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