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Democratic Lawmaker Leading Effort for Tax Amnesty Program

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Democratic Lawmaker Leading Effort for Tax Amnesty Program

By Susan Tebben The impact of coronavirus-related economic losses will not fully be realized until much later, according to state officials, but one lawmaker said he’s trying to hold off some of the losses in the form of delinquent taxes. State Rep. Thomas West, D-Canton, is leading an effort to get a temporary tax amnesty program through the […]

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Abortion Health Order Battle Returns to District Court

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Abortion Health Order Battle Returns to District Court

By Susan Tebben As an extension of the temporary restraining order on prohibiting abortions gets ready to expire, abortion clinics and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office are back in court awaiting a new ruling.  Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and several other medical clinics across Ohio are in the midst of a court battle after the […]

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Recovery Task Force Speakers Downplay COVID-19, Play Up Conspiracy Theories

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Recovery Task Force Speakers Downplay COVID-19, Play Up Conspiracy Theories

By Tyler Buchanan Conspiracy theories, general downplaying of the seriousness of COVID-19, and allegations the governor shuttered the state economy with bad intent.  The Republican chairman of the Economic Recovery Task Force allowed all of this during Monday’s meeting. But there was one thing State Rep. Paul Zeltwanger, R-Mason, would not stand for — any effort to push […]

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LGBTQ+ Social Services Continuing Work in Virtual Space

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal LGBTQ+ Social Services Continuing Work in Virtual Space

By Susan Tebben Many social services throughout the state are continuing their work in whatever way they can during social distancing, including those helping the LGBTQ+ community. For Columbus’ Kaleidoscope Youth Center, the changes brought on by school closures and stay-at-home orders weren’t unexpected, and through the use of social media, they’ve been able to stay […]

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Ohio’s Daily Caseload Increasing as Nursing Homes, Prisons Report More COVID-19 Cases

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio’s Daily Caseload Increasing as Nursing Homes, Prisons Report More COVID-19 Cases

By Jake Zuckerman Ohio’s curve might be un-flattening. State health officials are detecting COVID-19 cases at an increasing pace, as Gov. Mike DeWine is set to begin a phased-in reopening of the economy beginning May 1. After a slow start in early April, officials have reported increasing amounts of new cases for the last six days […]

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The Stark Difference in Michigan and Ohio’s Epidemics, Explained

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal The Stark Difference in Michigan and Ohio’s Epidemics, Explained

By Jake Zuckerman COVID-19 was detected in Michigan two days after health officials found it in Ohio. But now, more than a month into each state’s local epidemic, the differences are vast. At least 1,921 Michiganders have died from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, compared to 361 Ohioans, as of Wednesday. Michigan’s first […]

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Some Ohio Lawmakers Eager to Reopen Economy, Others Remain Cautious

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Some Ohio Lawmakers Eager to Reopen Economy, Others Remain Cautious

By Tyler Buchanan It was only minutes after state legislators ended their Zoom conference meeting, with many urging a swift reopening of the economy, that the Ohio Department of Health announced a new slate of virus deaths and illnesses.  Fifteen more Ohioans had died in the prior 24 hours. An additional 363 people were confirmed to […]

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