Week in Review
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
Gov. John Kasich said Thursday
during a Midwest drug interdiction conference hosted in Dublin he's convinced
Ohio is making headway against the opioid addiction crisis, and he hoped to
spread that success and learn from other states' approaches.
Another round of harmful algal
bloom reduction funding is available through the Regional Conservation
Partnership Program (RCPP), according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODAg). The funding is part of a three-state, five-year,
$17.5 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA)
Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
joined 55 other state and territorial attorneys general Monday in urging
Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) before funding
expires later this year.
Attorney General Mike DeWine issued recommendations Monday to
help Ohioans make wise charitable contributions and avoid scams related to the
flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Among them were to carefully
review donation requests and to beware of "look-alike" websites or
AUDITOR OF STATE
Auditor Dave Yost's office
Wednesday released a review of results from recent school district performance
audits, promoting the audits as a resource to stave off deficits many schools
are projected to face in coming years. The auditor's office notes 93 percent of
school districts are expected to see spending outpace revenue within the next
five years. While some can rely on carryover balances, 148 districts are
projected to end FY22 with deficit fund balances, according to forecasts
submitted to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
Gov. John Kasich said Thursday
during a Midwest drug interdiction conference that he won't vote for Issue 1,
the proposed constitutional amendment to lessen drug penalties and generally
support probation and treatment over incarceration. He'd expressed some
sympathy toward the proposal several weeks ago and maintained Thursday that it
has positive elements but said ultimately parts of it "go too far."
U.S. Census Bureau data released recently
show an increase in the state's rate of uninsured individuals, a decrease in
poverty and a noticeable increase in the state's median household income.
Ohio's percentage of uninsured individuals increased from 5.4 percent in 2016
to 6.0 percent in 2017; its rate of poverty decreased from 14.6 percent in 2016
to 14.0 percent in 2017; and its household median income increased from $52,334
in 2016 to $54,021 in 2017.
The Center for American Progress
(CAP), a Democratic leaning group, released findings from a public opinion poll
on the state of child care in Ohio and what voters support to improve the
system. The poll, conducted by GBA Strategies, found 68 percent of respondents
with children under 18 say that lack of access to quality, affordable child
care is a serious problem. Sixty-one percent said they or an immediate family
member have had their career or career prospects negatively affected due to
child care considerations.
The Ohio Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness
co-chaired by retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton
turned Monday to a discussion of Northeast Ohio Medical Center's (NEOMED)
Center of Excellence and Clermont County's Community Alternative Sentencing
Center. Introducing the day's meeting, Stratton told participants she had met
with Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) regarding mental health and
criminal justice, speaking frankly about the activity or lack of activity of
the General Assembly in addressing criminal justice reform. She pointed to
recodification findings and other legislative recommendations that often
languish while Ohio lawmakers instead pass the latest penalty enhancement.
The Supreme Court of Ohio on
Thursday upheld the decades-old capital sentence of former delivery man James
Goff, convicted in the 1994 murder of an 88-year-old woman who had purchased
furniture from a store where he worked to assist her move from a Clinton County
farm to her new home. It is the second time in 23 years Goff's death sentence
has been affirmed by the common pleas court, 12th District Court of Appeals and
Supreme Court after the U.S. 6th Circuit vacated his sentence in 2010.
In times when misinformation can
spread as quickly as accurate information through traditional and social media,
school communications professionals are perhaps more important than they have
ever been when it comes to engaging parents and the larger community,
especially in times of crisis. A panel of five such professionals presented at
the School Security and Safety Solutions Summit at the Columbus Convention
Center recently, explaining their own experiences and sharing tips with other
communications professionals in the audience.
State Board of Education members
and Superintendent Paolo DeMaria talked through both
how they'd shoulder big cuts and where they'd like to see funding increases as
they discussed planning for the FY20-21 budget Monday. DeMaria
and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) budget chief Aaron Rausch presented
outlines for two funding scenarios that the Office of Budget and Management
(OBM) has asked agencies to plan for -- 90 percent of prior-year funding, and
flat funding. DeMaria also prepared an appendix to
the official budget submission to express board members' priorities for
additional spending should the administration and lawmakers make additional
As an advisory group
nears completion of recommendations for new high school graduation rules,
Superintendent Paolo DeMaria updated State Board of
Education members on the outline of those proposals in advance of the
recommendations formally going to the board in October.
Members of Native American
communities and concerned citizens from around the state testified at Tuesday's
State Board of Education meeting, urging the board and the Ohio Department of
Education (ODE) to speak out against derogatory representations of native
people in school mascots.
Officials at the Ohio Department of
Education (ODE) on Monday detailed two recently released online tools meant to
help school districts gain insight into the art coursework being offered at
schools statewide and to adopt strategies that will improve student outcomes. These
included the new Ohio Arts Education Data Project and Evidence-Based
Clearinghouse. The data project is intended to provide schools and the public a
snapshot of the state of arts education in the state. Developed in partnership
with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, the Ohio Arts Council and Quadrant
Research, the database will be provided to the public by Ohio and four other
second tool is the first version of the Evidence-Based Clearinghouse, which
seeks to collect best practice strategies that improve student results and
engagement and to share them statewide. The tool, part of ODE's Empowered by
Evidence initiative, first launched on Monday, Sept. 10.
Pending minor revisions to reflect
suggestions at its final meeting, the workgroup developing a long-term
replacement for graduation requirements agreed Wednesday to a proposal to send
to the State Board of Education, which will consider formally recommending it
to the General Assembly. The draft final proposal largely fits the system
Superintendent Paolo DeMaria presented to the school
board's Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee earlier in the week.
Charter schools in Ohio's eight
largest urban districts generally outperformed their traditional school peers
in student growth data, according to an analysis by Buckeye Charter School
Boards Inc. (BCSB), an advocacy nonprofit. Site-based, general education
charter schools got an A, B or C more often than nearby district schools on the
overall value-added measurement; specifically, 44 percent of the charters got
such grades, while 33 percent of district schools did. This measurement is
based on testing data for math, English and science in grades four through
eight, as well as some high school end-of-course exams.
Two attorneys general -- one
former, one current - sharply compared and contrasted
their respective track records in public office as Republican Attorney General
Mike DeWine and Democratic former Attorney General and former head of the U.S.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Richard Cordray met each other at
the first 2018 Ohio gubernatorial debate Wednesday. Held at the University of
Dayton, the candidates exchanged mutual criticisms of their roles in public
office, clashing over their handling of the opioid epidemic, the handling of
rape kits, gun violence, marijuana, criminal justice and several other issues
throughout the debate. The
next gubernatorial debate will be at Marietta College on Monday, Oct. 1.
Secretary of State Jon Husted
Friday broke a tie at the Franklin County Board of Elections in favor of
allowing 20th House District candidate Bobby Mitchell to remain on the ballot
for November. The board deadlocked on whether to keep Mitchell on the ballot
after a challenge was filed by a resident of the Canal Winchester apartment
complex listed as Mitchell's voting address. The challenger alleged that
Mitchell lives in a house that is outside the district. Mitchell had argued
that he spends most of his nights at the apartment because it is closer to the
church where he pastors.
Two different polls released in
the last week show a vastly different take on the upcoming U.S. Senate race
between incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and his opponent, U.S. Rep.
Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth). The first came from
Innovation Ohio, which showed Brown leading Renacci
46 percent to 42 percent while the Politico/AARP poll showed Brown leading Renacci 47 percent to 31 percent, with 22 percent
Meanwhile, the IO poll showed
Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine tied at 43 percent in the
governor's race, though DeWine takes a slight lead 45 percent to 43 percent
when Green and Libertarian candidates are included. In the governor's race, the
Politico/AARP poll said DeWine leads Cordray 39 percent to 38 percent, with 23
A new poll released Tuesday by
Baldwin Wallace University (BWU) saw U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown leading in the
U.S. Senate race and Attorney General Mike DeWine leading in the governor's
race, but a large percentage of voters remain undecided. In the Senate race,
Brown leads 49.2 percent to U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's
31.8 percent, with 19.1 percent undecided. In the governor's race, DeWine leads
Democrat Richard Cordray 41.8 percent to 37 percent, with 21.3 percent
In other BWU findings, nearly
43 percent of respondents approve of President Donald Trump's job performance,
while nearly 52 percent disapprove. Half of respondents approve of how the
Trump administration has handled tax cuts, but voters were split on trade
tariffs and immigration. Fifty-three percent of respondents approve of the
Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Despite a disagreement over
state Issue 1, the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (OPBA) Tuesday
announced it was endorsing Richard Cordray for governor, who pushed back
against ads suggesting he is soft on crime because of his support for the
constitutional amendment favoring probation over incarceration.
Ohioans who care about clean air
and water should cast their votes for Democratic gubernatorial candidate
Richard Cordray, environmental advocates said Tuesday. During a press
conference hosted by Conservation Ohio PAC, a campaign arm of the League of
Conservation Voters, Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown said she
supports Cordray because of his record at the U.S. Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau and his plans to protect Ohio's environment.
A current and a former employee of
the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have filed a class action
lawsuit against the agency and Trump administration Acting Director Mick
Mulvaney, alleging that the CFPB "maintains a biased culture replete with
harmful stereotypes regarding its racial minority and female employees that
infect its policies and decision-making, including performance evaluations,
compensation and promotions." The allegations stretch back to 2011,
covering the tenure of former Director Richard Cordray, the current Democratic
candidate for Ohio governor.
Richard Cordray and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) explained the motivations behind
their respective 2018 political campaigns on Thursday, with both candidates
emphasizing their desire to achieve bipartisan, practical solutions for
Ohioans. The Democratic candidate for governor and the Republican candidate for
U.S. Senate were also able to attack their respective opponents unanswered at
an AARP-Politico event in Columbus, as Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine
and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) were unable to attend.
The Ohio Elections Commission
Thursday found that Ohio Attorney General candidate Steve Dettelbach
did not violate campaign finance law by telling supporters they could meet
former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder if they donated, while the commission
determined that current Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval might have spent county campaign funds improperly
towards his congressional campaign, warranting another hearing in the near future.
Secretary of State Jon Husted
announced that absentee voting for military and overseas voters begins
Saturday, Sept. 22, for the upcoming general election. The deadline to register
to vote or update an existing registration ahead of the Nov. 6 General Election
is Tuesday, Oct. 9 (30 days before the election). Voters may go to www.MyOhioVote.com/VoterRegistration to register
online or update an
existing registration. Voter
registration forms can also be printed from www.MyOhioVote.com
or obtained from a local library or board of elections office.
endorsements were made over the week:
- The Human Rights Campaign endorsed Louise Valentine and
Nickie Antonio for Ohio Senate and Mary Lightbody,
Beth Liston, Allison Russon, Casey Weinstein, Jeremy
Blake, and Taylor Sappington for Ohio House.
- The re-election campaign of Rep.
Dave Greenspan announced the endorsements of Teamsters Ohio D.R.I.V.E.
- The Ohio Education Association
(OEA) endorsed Issue 1.
- The Ohio Business Roundtable
announced its opposition to Issue 1.
- The Central Ohio Chapter of
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) endorsed Tim Barhorst
and Kris Jordan for Ohio House and Andrew Brenner for Ohio Senate.
- The Columbus Dispatch endorsed Frank LaRose for secretary of
- The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund endorsed
Jim Renacci for U.S. Senate.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said he recently spoke to U.S.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh regarding the then-anonymous allegation
of sexual misconduct leveled against the judge by California psychology
professor Christine Blasey Ford, and Kavanaugh was
"surprised and frustrated" about the charge.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said
Wednesday that he is pleased to see that talks are continuing with Canada on a
new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but said there
are a number of issues that still need to be
addressed. Brown told reporters that a renegotiation of NAFTA needs to have
Canada to work. The Trump administration had previously announced a tentative
bilateral agreement with Mexico but is still trying to iron out details with
The Ohio Statehouse Museum closed
Wednesday for renovations that will ultimately bring the original Ohio
Constitutions to the Statehouse in an exhibit described as the first of its
kind in the nation. The $850,000 exhibit will display the original 1802 and
1851 Ohio Constitutions and will also include interactive educational displays
to not only introduce visitors to the documents but also show how they are
relevant in the 21st century.
The Capitol Square Review and
Advisory Board (CSRAB) announced that tickets for the 2018 edition of its
Haunted Statehouse Tours are now available. The special Halloween tours will
take place Friday, Oct. 19; Saturday, Oct. 20; Friday, Oct. 26; and Saturday,
Oct. 27. Tickets for the Haunted Statehouse Tours are $12 for adults and $6 for
children under the age of 12. CSRAB said the event is ticketed and tickets must
It doesn't matter what a person's
political identity, political philosophy or religious views are -- everyone has the ability to do something selfless to improve their
communities, Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday. "There is something in us. It
is a battle, often, within ourselves as to which road
do we take? The road where I'm all caught up in me or where I'm caught up in
something bigger than me? I think we admire so much when we see people take
that road of what's bigger than me," Kasich said during the Dispatch Media
Group's "Everyday Heroes" event in Columbus.
during the week include the following:
- Carol L. Garner of Mount Vernon
(Knox County) reappointed to the Board of Trustees of the Martha Kinney Cooper
Ohioana Library Association for a term beginning Sept. 19, 2018 and ending
Sept. 15, 2022.
- Stephanie E. Green of Columbus (Franklin County) to the Ohio
Fair Plan Underwriting Association Board of Governors for a term beginning
Sept. 19, 2018 and ending Sept. 18, 2020.
- Janet Foley Orosz
of Powell (Delaware County) reappointed to the Ohio Fair Plan Underwriting
Association Board of Governors for a term beginning Sept. 20, 2018 and ending
Sept. 18, 2020.
- Chief Clayton A. Harris of Solon
(Cuyahoga County), Sheriff Michael E. Heldman of Findlay (Hancock County) and
Col. Paul A. Pride of Baltimore (Fairfield County) reappointed to the Ohio
Peace Officer Training Commission for terms beginning Sept. 21, 2018 and ending
Sept. 20, 2021.
Youngstown State University (YSU)
recently announced the donation of $1.5 million from the Cafaro
family for the construction of a new intramural recreation complex. The Cafaro Family Field will be a lighted field complete with
restrooms, seating and fencing that will be used for soccer and lacrosse
matches, as well as other activities.
Bowling Green State University (BGSU) recently announced the hiring
of Pam Conlin, assistant vice president for principal
and major gifts at Dallas, TX-based Southern Methodist University (SMU), to
lead its own fundraising wing.
Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and Mercy College of
Ohio announced that the operations of Mercy College of Ohio are being
transferred to BGSU with the goal of increasing health care education in light of the statewide shortage of nurses and the high
demand for other health professionals.
The Shawnee State University (SSU) Board of Trustees received
and accepted the immediate resignation of President Rick Kurtz at a meeting on
Friday, Sept. 14. According to SSU, the board subsequently named Jeffrey Bauer,
SSU provost and vice president for academic affairs, as interim president. The
reason for Kurtz's departure and any future plans were
not disclosed by SSU.
Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, will be the next chair of the
University of Dayton (UD) Board of Trustees after a shake-up in leadership was
announced Friday, Sept. 14. Boosalis will be the
first woman to lead the board when she takes over for current board chair David
Yeager in 2019. She has served as a board trustee for nine years and leads the
ninth-largest employer in Ohio, with roughly 14,000 employees.
Ohio University (OU) allowed an appearance of preferential
treatment when it entered into a lease with prominent Athens businessman John
Wharton for a nearby residence for former OU President Roderick McDavis, largely based on discussions Wharton had with OU's
athletic department about a conditional $100,000 donation, according to a
Tuesday report from the Ohio Inspector General's office.
An early 2000s Ohio State
University (OSU) medical program designed to help alleviate the day-to-day
stress of being treated for cancer successfully improved the moods and lives of
patients and could be replicated in other places around the country, according
to a new study from OSU.
A three-judge panel of the Board of Judicial Conduct heard
oral argument Wednesday in the disciplinary complaint against sitting Justice
R. Patrick DeWine, accused of violating the Rules of Judicial Conduct by
failing to recuse himself from Ohio Supreme Court cases brought by his father,
Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Mike DeWine. The
complainant, Columbus attorney Brad Frick, argued that the "black-letter
law" of Ohio's judicial rules disqualify Justice DeWine from the 14
percent of all Supreme Court cases with his father as named counsel, while DeWine's
defense attorney, George Jonson of Montgomery, Rennie & Jonson in
Cincinnati, countered that Court precedent and judicial conduct rules do not in
fact require the justice to recuse. A decision is expected by year's end.
The newly disbarred Neal Magee II of Dublin is among seven
attorneys having prompted the Board of Commissioners for the Lawyers' Fund for
Client Protection to refund 14 victims of attorney theft more than $208,000 in
its latest round of awards. The board found four former or suspended lawyers
had misappropriated client funds and resolved additional claims for three
attorneys now deceased.
The Ohio Supreme Court has opened
the application period for grants to help defray transportation costs for
student field trips to the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center and its Visitor
Education Center. All schools receiving state funds are eligible to apply.
Grants are awarded based the percentage of students enrolled in the
free-and-reduced-lunch program, as reported by the Ohio Department of Education
(ODE). Preference will be given to schools that didn't receive transportation
grant funds during the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school years. Grant applications
must be completed online at www.sc.ohio.gov/VisitorInfo/CivicEd/grants/default.asp
by authorized teachers or school administrators.
The Ohio Supreme Court said Tuesday
it is suspending the law license of John McNally IV, former Youngstown mayor
and Mahoning County commissioner, because of his criminal conviction in a
public corruption case. Justices suspended his license for one year, with six
months of the sentence stayed, overruling the Board of Professional Conduct's
recommendation of a public reprimand.
America's uncertain legal landscape
and other complicating factors are leading many Ohio business owners -- even
those open to allowing cannabis use -- to prohibit employee use of medical
marijuana, according to an executive at a leading drug-free workplace
consulting firm. In a phone interview with Hannah
News, Working Partners Managing Director Karen Pierce said the main
impediments are marijuana's federal illegality, the lack of an impairment test
and the significant difference between a medical "recommendation" and
The Ohio Department of
Medicaid (ODM) Tuesday released the redacted version of a consultant's report
on pharmacy benefit managers' (PBM) business and pricing practices. Sections of
the report remain under wraps pending a judge's decision on whether they constitute
trade secrets and are exempt from public records law, as the PBMs assert. And
that hearing has been pushed back by Judge Jenifer French of Franklin County Common Pleas Court to
Tuesday, Dec. 18.
The Joint Committee on Agency Rule
Review (JCARR) Monday allowed a proposed Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) rule
addressing eligibility for Medicaid providers with criminal records to move
forward, as lawmakers on the panel and the agency itself promised to work with
stakeholders on an improved solution. The rule addresses screening requirements
for Medicaid providers that would classify employees with past criminal
offenses into tiers. Some employees with very
low-level offenses would be able to work as a provider right away, while others
convicted of violent offenses or those involving children would be permanently
barred. It also allows those with criminal records to be certified as providers
if they obtain a certification of qualification for employment (CQE) from a
Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee
(JMOC) Chairman Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) Thursday cautioned -- and
prodded -- all players in the transition of behavior health services to managed
care plans to get the program implemented. For the managed care plans (MCPs),
he noted that he will be closely examining the "over and under"
payments "in this space" come budget time. He further explained that
the money is "out there [and] sits with you. It is important to find a way
to get the money out to the providers." For the providers, he observed
first that the contingency payments are "loans not grants," adding
that the way the program is now set up opens it up to competition. Burke said
agencies need to see themselves as businesses and not as government agencies.
He added that, down the road, he can see these services provided by others
"without the longevity in the state."
The future of automotive technology
and infrastructure was the principal theme for the opening of the Midwestern Governors
Association's (MGA) 2018 conference, with Gov. John Kasich and Ford President
and CEO Jim Hackett delivering the opening remarks and Wednesday keynote,
respectively. MGA Executive Director Jesse Heier
noted displays on robotics and drones in the lobby of COSI, where the
conference was held, and Kasich offered a summary of his initiatives to make
Ohio a leader in the future, including his energy policy and solving workforce
issues through partnerships among business and education institutions. The
Governor's Executive Workforce Board held its second-to-last meeting of
Kasich's administration at COSI as well Tuesday, in advance of the MGA
The state of Ohio is on its way
to ensuring it will receive a healthy slice of the burgeoning $10 trillion
personal transportation industry, KPMG in the United Kingdom (U.K.) Global Head
of Infrastructure Richard Threlfall said Wednesday. Threlfall participated in a
panel discussion on the intersection of physical and digital infrastructure at the 2018
MGA Summit at COSI. He was joined by AT&T Internet of Things Solutions
Assistant Vice President Ken DiPrima, Ford Smart
Mobility Vice President John Quant and Smart Columbus Vice President Mark
The Canadian government believes it
is important to maintain its relationships with states, the consul general of
Canada told the audience during a session on trade at the MGA Summit held this
week. Douglas George sat down with Gov. John Kasich for a question and answer
session to talk about the trade issues between the United States and Canada as
both countries begin a new round of renegotiations of the North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA). George said both sides have agreed to not share
details of the talks while they are ongoing, but he stressed that Canada is a
friend to the U.S.
Haque of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) led panelists in an
extended energy tech-talk Wednesday at the MGA conference, covering everything
from the Internet of Things to artificial intelligence to variable versus fixed
utility costs. Haque pitched questions to Ram Sastry, vice president of
infrastructure and business continuity at American Electric Power (AEP), Jake
Oster, director of energy policy at Amazon, and Dana Saucier, senior managing
director of energy and chemicals at JobsOhio.
While Wednesday's opening sessions
of the MGA conference focused on transit and infrastructure development, Thursday's
opening panel and keynote remarks were all about how the coming tech revolution
will change the workforce and what steps should be taken to prepare. The panel
on education and workforce development featured Sebastian Thrun,
chairman and president of online college Udacity; Brookings Institute Vice
President and Director of Governance Studies Darrell West; Stark State College
President Para Jones; and Cisco Systems Senior Vice President Tae Yoo. Columbus State Community College President David
Harrison moderated the discussion, also offering his own perspective at times.
The Ohio Public Employees
Retirement System (OPERS) reported double-digit 2017 returns to state lawmakers
Thursday but said a dropoff in the capital market
outlook led actuaries to recommend it consider lowering its long-term
assumptions for investment earnings. Karen Carraher,
CEO of OPERS, presented the 2017 valuation report to the Ohio Retirement Study
Council, reporting "very favorable returns" of 16.7 percent, representing
$6.8 billion in excess earnings over expectations.
Beckett, executive director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University and a
former member of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission (OCMC), died
suddenly Friday, Sept. 14. He was 44. Calling hours will be held from 1-3 p.m.
on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Ashbrook Center, 8th floor of the Ashland
University Library, 401 College Ave., Ashland, OH. A memorial service will
follow at the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel at Ashland University, beginning at
SECRETARY OF STATE
Secretary of State Jon Husted said
Friday that 10,994 new entities filed to do business in Ohio last month, an
increase of 992 when compared to August 2017. The secretary of state's office
said Ohio is currently on track for 2018 to be another record-breaking year for
new business filings. Since January, the Buckeye State has seen 87,124 new
businesses file, up 5,143 from the same eight-month period last year.
The Ohio Expositions Commission selected
a new ride provider for the Ohio State Fair a little more than a year after a
fatal accident occurred under its former carnival partner. Concluding a
sixth-month process, the commission said the state has signed Fort Worth,
TX-based Talley Amusements to a four-year contract beginning in 2019.
Kasich administration's Common Sense Initiative (CSI)
Small Business Advisory Council heard from National Federation of Independent
Businesses (NFIB) Ohio Executive Director Roger Geiger at its Wednesday meeting,
where Geiger informed members of the latest results of the NFIB small business
survey and offered what he said were the top policy priorities for small
Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) on Monday approved a
five-year, $1.87 million deal with Agile Network Builders LLC to provide
redundant fiber optic connections to the commission's network and service
plaza-wide WiFi access.
In its penultimate meeting of the
Kasich administration, the Governor's Executive Workforce Board Tuesday
discussed efforts to connect education curriculums and employer needs and made
plans to review its work when the board convenes for the final time. Governor's
Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) Director Ryan Burgess said that work
would continue "to the finish line" as Gov. John Kasich's final term
winds down, saying that at a high level they have completed 60 percent of board
recommendations and will finish another 28 percent by the end of the year, with
12 percent remaining.