Rumbles from the rotunda
Charged issue: Unsurprisingly, U.S. Senate candidates from Ohio differ on the spending bill that Senate Democrats narrowly passed on Sunday. As Andrew Tobias writes, Republican JD Vance in particular attacked part of the bill that extends federal tax credits for purchases of new electric vehicles, which he sees as a benefit to the wealthy. But Democrat Tim Ryan says the measure is intended to boost Ohio’s burgeoning electric vehicle manufacturing industry, which includes investment from companies like Ford, General Motors, LG, Fisker and Lordstown Motors. Ryan also defends Republican attacks on the bill raising taxes, an interpretation of how the Democrats’ proposed 15% minimum tax rate should impact average taxpayers.
What else in the invoice: Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio who backed Sunday’s package, called it a “historic step to fight inflation, cut costs and create jobs that businesses can’t ship to the world.” ‘stranger’, and described the many provisions it contains that would help Ohio, Sabrina Eaton writes. He said he would extend grants for about 259,000 Ohioans who access their health care through the Affordable Care Act for three years, permanently fund a trust fund which subsidizes medical care for coal miners with black lung disease, would impose a 1% excise tax on corporate stock buybacks sought by Brown, and compel companies making more than $1 billion in profits to pay a minimum tax instead of using loopholes to avoid paying the legal rate of 21%, among other things. US Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio who opposed it, said it would worsen inflation and raise taxes on small businesses
At the microphone : Brown was frustrated with fellow Vermont member Bernie Sanders during the debate on the bill saying “Come on, Bernie!” in a hot mic as Sanders inserted a provision that would raise the corporate tax rate to 28%, Mediaite reports. Sanders’ proposal lost by a 97-1 margin.
Gambling revenue: Ohio casinos and racinos raked in just over $200 million in July, slightly below record revenue for this period in 2021 but higher than during the pandemic, reports Sean McDonald. Income is what they earn after paying earnings but before taxes.
When a door closes… Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is suing CLE Door Co. in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, accusing the company of collecting $182,000 in ikn deposits from homeowners, but failing to delivering the promised garage doors. Two men associated with the business are due to face trial later this month on criminal charges.
Road show: Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor who is widely seen as one of the top potential presidential candidates in 2024, is planning a trip to Ohio this month. According to Tobias, DeSantis is scheduled to appear with Vance in Youngstown on August 19 at an event sponsored by Turning Point Action, the pro-Trump student group. DeSantis is planning stops in three other swing states, including an appearance in Pittsburgh for Doug Mastriano, the GOP gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania, on the same day as the event with Vance.
Non-chartered waters: Ohio State University professor John Lenhart has received a $150,000 grant to test drinking water from three water treatment plants drawing from Lake Erie for microplastics and nanoplastics, reports Peter Krouse . It’s unclear to what extent plants in Cleveland, Ottawa County and Oregon outside of Toledo are able to dispose of tiny pieces of plastic. Research is still early on on the health effects of plastics in the body. They can be benign or their chemicals can be harmful.
No kidding: The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Annual Report and Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio Ohio Supplement, which documents children’s well-being across a number of educational, health, and socioeconomic factors, shows that children in Ohio have lost ground in terms of overall well-being, falling from 27th place in 2019 to 31st, reports Anna Staver of the Dispatch. In particular, chronic school absenteeism has surged during the pandemic, as have anxiety and depression. Teenage pregnancy has declined, although racial disparities remain.
Second Chances: A state law that took effect in April 2021 proposes earlier parole dates for those sentenced to prison for decades as minors. Laura Bischoff of The Dispatch interviewed a woman who was granted parole, a person soon to be paroled and an inmate who has been denied parole since the law was passed.
On the ground: Abortion Fund Ohio, formerly known as Women have Options-Ohio, used to refer and fund a couple of Ohio women seeking out-of-state abortions per month. Now he refers several every day. Susan Tebben of the Ohio Capital Journal writes about the abortion fund after June 24, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade and that a federal judge allowed the so-called fetal heartbeat law to come into effect. She also writes about the Ohio Women’s Alliance, which created a job portal to help laid-off abortion clinic workers. It also offers bereavement counseling to clinic workers.
Five things we learned from the May 16, 2022 financial disclosure of Dani Isaacsohn, a Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 24th House District.
1. He works for Cohear Services, which describes itself as a community engagement and strategy company in Cincinnati.
2. In addition to his earnings from Cohear, which he founded, he also disclosed earnings from two rental properties he owns.
3. He sits on the boards of Women of Cincy, as well as the Jewish Community Relations Council.
4. He revealed to be a member of Cinema OTR LLC, a bar in Cincinnati.
5. He is a licensed attorney.
U.S. Representative Bob Latta, a Republican from Bowling Green, kicked off the bipartisan congressional caucus on self-driving vehicles with U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan.
Patrick Hunter, Special Advisor to Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko
Straight from the source
“That would be the craziest (expletive) that ever happened.”
-Comedian Dave Chappelle, who lives in Yellow Springs, talks about running for governor of Ohio as a write-in candidate, which caused a lot of laughter Sunday night from the audience at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium in Canton, according to Ed Balint of the Repository.
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