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Gov. Mike DeWine has announced Ohio will cut off the additional $300 in weekly federal assistance going to unemployed workers. DeWine says this is another step in restoring the market while others call it a mistake. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports. 

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Ohio is one of only six states in the country that doesn’t have an income tax on corporate profits. A liberal leaning think tank that studies public policy says that needs to change. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports. 

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The state's unemployment compensation fund  is now broke – which was predicted even before the COVID-19 pandemic.


Two advocacy groups are suing the state on behalf of four prison inmates, trying to secure the release of more than 15 thousand other inmates. 

A new report by the University of Iowa paints a grim picture for African-American midwesterners. 

There’s a blockbuster battle brewing over a small tax credit that was cut in the House version of the budget.

As Ohio House and Senate lawmakers work out differences in their proposed transportation budgets, there's one thing in the Senate's version that doesn't seem to have anything to do with transportation - a change in a tax credit designed for low-income people. 

Minority Democrats in the Ohio Legislature have re-introduced a bill raising the state's minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour.

State tax reforms in recent years have resulted in big breaks for small businesses owners. 

A panel of six lawmakers charged with looking at some of the 9 billion dollars in state tax breaks has recommended none be eliminated or reduced for now. 

Ohio has been gaining jobs over the last few years, and its unemployment rate hit its lowest level in 17 years a few months ago.

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Democratic state lawmakers are making another effort to raise the minimum wage. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the percentage of unionized Ohio workers increased by one-tenth of a point to 12.4 percent in 2017.  

A new study by the progressive-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio shows one in ten Amazon employees or family members in the state received food stamp benefits in August of last year. 

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A top Republican state lawmaker has taken a comprehensive issue and thrown it into the policymaking process through a bill to overhaul unemployment compensation.


An annual review of working conditions in Ohio by the progressive-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio shows signs of improvement in some areas, but problems remain.

The progressive-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio says President Trump has fallen short so far on his promise to restore blue-collar jobs.

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Social networking giant Facebook will build a new 970 thousnd square foot data center in New Albany, with the help of local and state tax breaks.

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A conservative think tank is praising what looks to finally be the beginning of a committee that’s supposed to look into so-called tax loopholes.

State legislative leaders acting under pressure from an outside group have belatedly named the members of a panel they created to examine more than 9 billion dollars in state tax breaks given annually.

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State budget director Tim Keen was criticized for tax collections that came in nearly a billion dollars below his projections.

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As the state’s budgetary shortfall approaches one billion dollars, a small business tax cut adopted four years ago is getting renewed attention.

The Congressional Budget Office says the Republican bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more Americans uninsured.

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The state's semi-private economic development agency JobsOhio says last year, the fewest number of jobs were created since 2013.

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State lawmakers and policy advocates are sounding off in response to Governor John Kasich’s proposal to cut income taxes while increasing other taxes to pay for those tax cuts.


Ohio’s unemployment rate is below the national average, and the state is on a job-gaining trend.

Natural gas prices closed at a 17-year low today. 

A new study by the progressive-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio shows the state gives out billions of dollars in tax breaks with little oversight.

Ohio’s economy may be improving, but in many ways the state is still struggling nearly six years after the end of the Great Recession.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says oil and natural gas production continues to rise.