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State’s Revenues Take Hit After Coronavirus Closures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Bars and restaurants in Ohio closed on March 15, and the stay at home order took effect March 23. And the state is now starting to feel the financial effects of those and other restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus. Last month’s preliminary state revenue was down 10.5%… Read More

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Ohio Offers Appalachian Businesses Loan Help During COVID-19 Disruption

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Small businesses in Ohio’s Appalachian counties may receive help offsetting losses due to the state’s attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. JobsOhio is infusing Appalachian Growth Capital, LLC (AGC) with $2 million to secure loans for companies in eastern and southern Ohio. According to a press release, AGC is a… Read More

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

State Jobless Filings Will be Released Weekly, Not Daily, as Feds Demand

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The numbers of Ohioans filing for unemployment benefits are rising daily – so many that the state’s unemployment website was having trouble handling them. And the state is now clarifying why it will no longer do daily releases about how many people are filing jobless claims. For the first few days of shutdowns related to… Read More

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Anxiety In Appalachian Coal Country: First The Mines Closed, Then Came Coronavirus

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As the economic fallout from the coronavirus continues to reshape our lives, small-town business owners are worried about the future. Whitesburg, Kentucky —  a town already struggling from the decline in the coal industry — is grappling with a new and serious challenge as the effort to contain the disease brings deep economic pain. The… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

In Weighing Business Closures, DeWine Says He’s Prioritizing Safety Over Economy

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Ohio has seen its first confirmed death caused by COVID-19. Now Gov. Mike DeWine is ordering senior centers to close as he evaluates the potential shutdown of other businesses. Throughout the course of several days DeWine closed many businesses to delay the spread of coronavirus – places with large gatherings like movie theaters and places… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Tells Companies to Monitor Employee Temperatures

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Gov. Mike DeWine is laying out protocols for businesses while strongly recommending employers to take aggressive action when it comes to protecting the workplace against coronavirus. DeWine says businesses that remain open must take the temperature of every employee who enters the office, and if anyone is sick or has a fever they must be allowed to go… Read More

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WATCH: How the IMF is Trying to Reduce the Economic Fallout of Novel Coronavirus

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Restrictions intended to control the global outbreak of novel coronavirus continue to increase. In many countries, schools are closed, travelers face quarantine and business has ground to a halt. PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham reports and Judy Woodruff talks to Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, about how it is attempting to offset… Read More

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WATCH: Why More Older Workers are Finding Themselves Unemployed as Retirement Approaches

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Many Americans plan to do the bulk of their retirement saving in their 50s. But what happens if you lose your job at that age instead? According to researchers, the situation is common, and laid-off older workers have a harder time finding a new job — especially one that pays their previous salary. PBS NewsHour… Read More

The coal power station on the border between WV and PA

Amid Climate Debate and Coal’s Decline, West Virginia Considers its Future

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On a recent soggy Wednesday evening, dozens of West Virginians packed a conference room inside the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to discuss the need for a “just transition” for coal-impacted communities. As the nation grapples with climate change, the need for a fair transition for workers and communities that depend upon coal jobs and… Read More

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Analyst: Income Tax Limits Plan Could Harm Ohio Bond Rating

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A fiscal analyst has warned lawmakers that a proposal to make it harder to raise the state income tax could harm Ohio’s bond rating. At issue is a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a supermajority requirement in both chambers for the General Assembly to raise such taxes. Zach Schiller is… Read More

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House

WATCH: What Does the Data Say About Trump’s Economic Policies?

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In his State of the Union, President Trump emphasized U.S. economic growth, arguing that his administration’s policies are driving it. Friday’s jobs report, which was stronger than many analysts had predicted, is partly in line with those assertions. But the overall American economic picture is more nuanced than Trump’s rhetoric. The New York Times’ Jim… Read More

President Donald Trump speaks at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio

Where Trump’s 2019 State Of The Union Promises Stand

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The State of the Union this year may make for a seriously awkward moment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be seated over President Trump’s left shoulder Tuesday, less than two months after the Democratic-controlled House impeached him — and just as the Republican-controlled Senate will be deciding whether to keep or or remove him from… Read More

The coal power station on the border between WV and PA

Report Finds Many Ohio Valley Communities At Deep Disadvantage in Health, Wealth

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A new report finds the Ohio Valley has some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country. The study comes from the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions, an initiative to eliminate or alleviate poverty through action-based research. The “Index of Deep Disadvantage” combines measures of income, health outcomes, and social mobility, or the factors affecting someone’s ability… Read More

Ohio Valley Outlook: Expect A Slower Regional Economy In 2020

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The Ohio Valley’s economy could see slower growth in 2020 amid continued anxiety about trade, and possible downturns in both energy and manufacturing, according to analyses and forecasts by regional economists. Michael Hicks directs the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University in Indiana where he forecasts the health of the manufacturing… Read More

Columbus' Easton Town Center is fully decorated for the holiday season.

Ohio Retailers Expecting a Slight Spending Boost this Holiday Over Last Year

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Ohio’s more than 7,000 retailers are expecting a slight increase in sales this holiday season over last year, though where those spending increases are projected may be a surprise. For the eighth year in a row, Ohioans are expected to spend more this holiday season than the previous year. The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants… Read More

Athens County Courthouse

Journalists Ask Athens Community to Set the Agenda

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Across Ohio, journalists have been holding community conversations to ask: What will it take to make life better here? The next media sponsored conversation, open to the public, comes to Ohio University in Athens, 6-8 p.m. Thursday Nov. 21, with food and open table conversations about what people in Southeast Ohio communities need to improve… Read More