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Columbus City Council tonight is expected to approve legislation establishing a minimum 15 dollar hourly wage requirement for all jobs created through the city's tax incentive programs. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved legislation opposing the renewal of state liquor licenses for seven local bars and carryouts, citing high levels of criminal activity. 

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

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Plans to rehab a former manufacturing site owned by Battelle Memorial Institute at West 5th Avenue and Perry Street are proceeding.

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. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved legislation declaring it intends to dissolve a tax abatement deal with the developer of a Short North project. 

Columbus City Council last night approved changes in municipal tax break policies with an eye toward creating more affordable housing stock. 

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Last December, the City of Columbus filed a lawsuit against McKesson Corporation and other drug distributors and makers for their alleged roles in the opioid crisis. 

 Columbus leaders have announced a new tax abatement strategy designed to increase affordable housing stock. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved a pair of income tax breaks for a poultry processing equipment maker to move and expand its east side facility. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved an ordinance cracking down on so-called “aggressive” panhandling. 

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Columbus City Council last night voted to amend three tax abatements for Short North developers who failed to created the number of jobs the deals required. 

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The Columbus Board of Education heard a proposal Tuesday from a high end developer asking for a special deal on a new project. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved a 30 thousand dollar settlement of excessive use of force claims by a man stomped by a police officer while restrained last year. 

Columbus City Council last night approved a series of new gun restrictions, including bans on imitation firearms and bump stocks. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved legislation creating a tax-increment financing district to fund infrastructure improvements around a planned Goodale Street mixed-use development by White Castle.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has rejected legal arguments by the state's four electric utilities seeking to avoid returning proceeds from the federal tax cut to customers through rate reductions. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved the second year of a planned five-year contract with Rumpke for curbside recycling and yard waste pickup. 

Cincinnati made a wide-ranging pitch to land Amazon's second headquarters by using urban cool and culture along with tax breaks. 

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Corporations are seeing big savings as the effects of the large federal tax cut take place.

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Columbus City Council last night rejected placing on the May ballot a plan to expand the panel and create district or ward representation.

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Some Republican state lawmakers are preparing to propose legislation  giving tax breaks to the surviving spouses of first  responders killed in the line of duty. 

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A coalition of Columbus Democrats is critical of changes to the city's policy on tax breaks. 

Ohio's Congressional delegation has sent a letter to online retailer Amazon pitching Columbus as the location for a second headquarters.  

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Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther and city officials are planning an overhaul of the city's tax incentive policies. 

Columbus is the only Ohio city to make Amazon's list of 20 finalists for a second company headquarters. 

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. 

Columbus City Council last night formally objected to the renewal of liquor licenses for eight local bars or carryouts the city says have a history of criminal activity.

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Columbus City Council last night approved a 10-year, 75-percent property tax abatement for a developer who plans to build a hotel, office space, restaurant and a parking garage on the site of the former Haiku restaurant building on North High Street in the Short North.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was in Columbus yesterday to promote the  1.5 trillion dollar Republican tax plan being considered on Capitol Hill.

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