More Changes in School Funding, Bigger Income Tax Cuts Included in Ohio Senate Budget: Capitol Letter
A cut above: Ohio Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday unveiled their version of the state budget, which changes the House school funding overhaul plan and calls for a 5% income tax cut that would cost the state $ 874 million. Laura Hancock reports that the cuts, which are bigger than what House Republicans have approved, could set up a legal showdown with the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden, whose US bailout bans states from use federal stimulus money to pay for tax cuts.
Made in Ohio: Peloton’s plan to build a $ 400 million manufacturing plant near Toledo could be a sign of more good things to come for Ohio. As Peter Krouse explains, this is evidence of a trend among companies to make products in the United States and to avoid supply chain risks that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. And Ohio is in a good position, with available land, proximity to much of the nation’s population, good railroad access, and a rich industrial heritage.
Truck stop: US Senator Sherrod Brown of Cleveland, Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and Rep. Tim Ryan of the Niles region, all Democrats, wonder if the multi-billion dollar vehicle development contract the U.S. Postal Service signed with a Wisconsin defense firm in February is expected to be returned to the shipper after Ohio-based Workhorse Group lost its offer to create an all-electric delivery fleet, writes Sabrina Eaton. They asked Biden to delay the 10-year contract with Oshkosh Defense to build up to 165,000 Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDVs) until the $ 6 billion contract can be revised to ensure that no inappropriate political influence has been exercised.
Fired: FirstEnergy Corp. fired a senior official following the House Bill 6 scandal and a controversial consultation deal linked to a state regulator. The company told the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in a filing that Eileen Mikkelsen, vice president of tariffs and regulatory affairs, was fired for “inaction” on a 2015 amendment to the agreement. John Caniglia explains how the consulting deal and a questionable $ 4 million payment were tied to Sam Randazzo, former chairman of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission.
A real page turner: Seth Richardson interviewed the leading Democratic candidates vying for the 11th Congressional District of Northeast Ohio, with an in-depth discussion of several political issues. The first in the series is former State Senator Nina Turner. Watch for the rest posted daily this week.
Inventory: Turner’s campaign in Congress released an internal poll Tuesday morning that showed it was massively outperforming the competition. In a hypothetical primary, Turner got 50% support while the next closest candidate, Cuyahoga County Councilor Shontel Brown, connected just 15%. The rest of the 13 field were single-digit, and 21% of voters were undecided.
The Nan plan: Dayton mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat running for governor, on Tuesday unveiled her policy proposals to fight corruption in the state, Richardson reports. The plan calls for a new Public Accountability Commission as well as changes to campaign finance laws and increased funding for state watchdog organizations.
Move the needle: Evan MacDonald reviewed data showing vaccinations have declined in Ohio following a bump that was attributed to Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement of the Vax-a-Million lottery and approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 years of age or older. Ohio reported 128,001 vaccinations started during the seven-day period that ended Sunday, a decrease of more than 34% from the 188,555 vaccinations started during the seven-day period that s ‘ended on May 23.
And the winners are …The second round of Vax-a-Million winners will be announced at 7:29 p.m. today. The state says an additional 467,320 adults entered the $ 1 million draw, for a total of 3,225,789 entries. Another 28,518 Ohioians between the ages of 12 and 17 tried their luck with the college scholarship, for a total of 132,903.
Double daily: Ohio reported 622 new cases of coronavirus on Monday and Tuesday. The state did not report any new case numbers on Memorial Day and instead gave a combined two-day total on Tuesday.
Business as (un) usual: Even if DeWine allows most emergency health orders to expire today, it likely won’t drastically change the look of court proceedings in several Northeast Ohio courthouses. As Cory Shaffer reports, joint appeal court officials in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina and Summit counties say they plan to keep in place most of the security measures they have been operating under since the start of the pandemic. coronavirus last March.
Safe travel: U.S. Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, is on a bipartisan trip to Congress this week in Lithuania, Ukraine and Georgia with U.S. Democratic Senators Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire and Chris Murphy from Connecticut. So far, they have met Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis in light of the growing human rights violations by the Lukashenko regime against the political opposition, including the recent hijacking of a civilian airliner to illegally arrest and detain dissident journalist Raman Pratasevich, his office said.
ICYMI: Before starting the holiday weekend, Portman voted with just five other Senate Republicans to continue debate on creating an independent bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill. As Eaton reports, although a 54-35 majority of US senators agreed to move forward with the discussion, the measure was not passed because 60 votes were needed to overcome a GOP obstruction. Portman said he would only have supported the commission’s creation if there had been “common sense changes” to ensure it was non-partisan and fair.
A new task for Fudge: Biden assigns HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge to lead a one-of-a-kind interagency initiative to tackle inequalities in home valuation and eliminate racial discrimination in the home appraisal and buying process, the White House announced on Tuesday. In an announcement scheduled to coincide with a trip by Fudge and Biden to Tulsa, Oklahoma, the White House said the practices of the Fudge initiative would prevent black families “across the country from creating generational wealth through the home ownership ”.
Host family dysfunction: US Senator Sherrod Brown, Columbus Rep Joyce Beatty and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, all Democrats, want the US Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the events leading up to Ma’s death ‘ Khia Bryant, 16, a foster child who was shot dead by Columbus police when they say she threatened another child with a knife. “Ma’Khia should be alive today,” said a letter the trio wrote on behalf of her birth parents, Paula Bryant and Myron Hammonds. “When a child dies in foster care, the system has failed.”
Miscarriage of justice: The Washington Post met Alexis Martin, who was released from jail by DeWine last year where she was serving a life sentence for her role in the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old Akron man who had her had trafficked at the age of 15. Martin was tried as an adult instead of being seen as a victim of trafficking. “You don’t mean to say the system failed him,” said Akron Detective John Ross, who now oversees child trafficking investigations, “because I don’t think the system at this point he even realized what was going on and what he could offer.
TO TEAR APART: Leo Spellacy, the longest-serving presiding judge in Cuyahoga County history, died last week at the age of 86. Kaylee Remington has details of her successful legal career, most notably as a member of the team that pursued Dr Sam Sheppard.
Five things we learned from the May 14 financial disclosure form of Ohio House President Bob Cupp, a Republican from Lima.
1. In addition to his statutory salary of $ 89,980.53, Cupp said he earned up to $ 999 in interest on accounts at Ally Bank and JP Morgan Chase Bank and a MONY life insurance policy of $ 1,000. $ to $ 9,999 on dividends from Pandora Bancshares, Inc. and over $ 100,000 from its pension from the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System.
2. Cupp said he has invested in common stocks of Pandora Bancshares, Inc., retirement accounts through OPERS and TIAA-CREF, a mutual fund through Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation, and life insurance policies via MONY Life Insurance and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance.
3. At one point in 2020, Cupp owed JP Morgan Chase, Topmark Credit Union, Sam’s Club Mastercard, Capital One, Ford Motor Credit Company, and Toro-Exmark over $ 1,000.
4. Cupp owed over $ 1,000 at one point in 2020 by Kenneth Cupp.
5. Cupp received travel expenses worth $ 2,301.84 from the Ohio House of Representatives.
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“I knew that with Zoom there was so much possible. I thought, why not?
– Madeline Friedman, a seventh grader, telling the Cleveland Jewish News how she was inspired to start a lecture series at Laurel School in Shaker Heights. The second speaker she lined up was Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who delivered her speech in person last month.
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