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On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

September 21, 2020
At Greater Ohio Policy Center, we monitor the news daily to learn more about the sustainable growth initiatives and related developments in our state and beyond that affect Ohio. Below are articles that caught our attention over the last few weeks, and we thought they might interest you as well. If you have an article you would like to share with us, please email it to Jason Warner at jwarner@greaterohio.org

Thank you,
The Greater Ohio Policy Center Staff

GOPC In the News

Springfield residential real estate market grows with new housing projects
The housing market in Springfield is gaining traction with new projects and initiatives underway.
Dayton Business Journal - 9/16/2020 Reporter Elizabeth Kyle
 
Work-from-home job shift brings battle to change decades-old Ohio local income tax law
Ohio lawmakers are debating again how cities should collect income taxes amid the growing work-from-home trend.
Dayton Daily News - 9/16/2020 Reporter Nick Blizzard

Group: Cities Could Lose Big If Work-From-Home Income Tax Law Changed
COLUMBUS — There are two bills that would make changes in how income taxes are collected by the biggest cities in Ohio. And a group that advocates for municipalities is very worried about them.
Statehouse News Bureau - 9/16/2020 Reporter Karen Kasler

Budget & Appropriations

DeWine takes wait-and-see approach to fixing virus-cratered state budget
More than two months into the fiscal year, state officials have yet to take any significant steps to resolve a projected $2 billion shortfall in the COVID-19-wracked state budget.
Columbus Dispatch - 9/12/2020 Reporter Randy Ludlow

Business & Corporate

Work-from-home plan by business with nearly 1,900 Kettering jobs expected to hit city hard
One of the city’s largest employers will leave Kettering Business Park next year as part of a shift to have its global workforce perform jobs at home, an outgrowth of COVID-19 that’s expected to negatively impact local tax revenues.
Dayton Daily News - 9/9/2020 Reporter Nick Blizzard

Census

Ohio matches 2010's Census return rate, despite pandemic and short deadlines
Thousands of Black and Hispanic Americans could go uncounted in the nation’s census this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and other disruptions that discouraged households in poor and heavily minority neighborhoods from filling out their forms.
Cincinnati Enquirer - 9/5/2020 Reporter Theresa Diffendal

Counting during COVID: Pandemic presents census challenges, highlights need for full count

With the census deadline fast approaching, local officials are working to get everyone counted, but some Akron neighborhoods are lagging behind.
Akron Beacon Journal - 9/12/2020 Reporter Sean McDonnell

Cities

Are people really fleeing cities because of COVID? Not in Cincinnati and these other places
Lana Santavicca couldn't wait for the moving van to arrive last month at her sprawling home in the Indian Springs subdivision of Sharonville.
Cincinnati Enquirer - 9/17/2020 Reporter Randy Tucker

Economic & Workforce Development

Program to help Ohioans find job amid COVID pandemic
Another 1,001 Ohioans were diagnosed with the coronavirus as of Tuesday. Ohio is launching a new initiative called “Ohio To Work” to help people who lost jobs due to the virus find a new career.
Columbus Dispatch - 9/16/2020 Reporter Max Filby
 
Sherwin-Williams reaffirms plan to spend $600M to build new headquarters in Cleveland, research complex in Brecksville
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Sherwin-Williams Co. on Tuesday announced the architectural and construction team it will use to build a new headquarters in Cleveland and a research complex in Brecksville, reaffirming its plan to invest more than $600 million into the sites.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 9/16/2020 Reporter Robert Higgs

Economy

Economists warn of US ‘wasteland’ without stimulus deal
The US economic recovery is in danger of being weaker and more uneven if Congress and the White House fail to agree on a new round of fiscal stimulus, according to mounting warnings from Wall Street and academic economists.
Columbus Business First - 9/15/2020 Reporter Financial Times

Housing & Urban Development 

Landlords bracing for tough few months due to Trump administration’s eviction moratorium
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Trump administration’s order that could help millions avoid eviction might put many landlords in a bad financial situation.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 9/7/2020 Reporter Eric Heisig
 
New program gives up to $10K per household to bring them current on mortgage
A new program is helping people who are behind in payments on their home mortgage due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dayton Daily News - 9/8/2020 Reporter Eric Schwartzberg

MORPC, housing advocates tie affordable housing expansion to racial equity

Without mixed-income housing, "wealth becomes a race-neutral way of creating segregation," New York Times real estate reporter Conor Dougherty said during MORPC's virtual meeting unveiling the organization's new housing development strategy.
Columbus Business First - 9/9/2020 Reporter Tristan Navera

Former Springfield Kroger store, surrounding area set for 'holistic' redevelopment

The recent closure of a Kroger store in Springfield left a void in the community, but plans are already in place to transform the building and surrounding area into a new development with fresh food options, housing and public event space.
Dayton Business Journal - 9/10/2020 Reporter John Bush

Despite Halt, Hundreds to be Evicted in Columbus This Month

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dozens of eviction judgements are granted to landlords each day in Franklin County despite a federal eviction halt. If the tenants showed up to court, almost all would keep their homes.
Spectrum News - 9/11/2020 Reporter Pete Grieve

Local Government

City faces $41.5M shortfall, blames pandemic for cut in income tax revenue
The city of Columbus is facing a $41.5 million budget shortfall this year, which officials are blaming on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Columbus Business First - 9/15/2020 Reporter Mark Somerson

Cleveland finance director acknowledges city’s budget would be hit if commuters keep working from home permanently

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland Finance Director Sharon Dumas on Monday publicly acknowledged for the first time that she is worried about the possibility of losing tens of millions of dollars in income taxes if onetime commuters continue to work from homes outside the city.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 9/15/2020 Reporter Robert Higgs

Poverty

Frontline examines child poverty in Southeast Ohio
PBS Frontline examines issues surrounding child poverty during the pandemic by visiting southeast Ohio, and will show a documentary film called Growing Up Poor in America, set to air on WOUB HD on Sept. 8 at 9 p.m.
Athens Messenger - 9/8/2020 Reporter WOUB

Transportation & Infrastructure

Traffic crash study identifies Cleveland’s most hazardous streets, many in poor neighborhoods
CLEVELAND, Ohio – On average, 37 people are killed each year and six are seriously injured each week on Cleveland streets, but they are not victims of the violent crimes that capture headlines and draw complaints from City Council.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 9/8/2020 Reporter Peter Krouse

New app allows Akron METRO RTA riders to plan, pay for trip

AKRON, Ohio – Nearly a year after METRO RTA partnered with the EZfare app to allow riders to buy a digital bus pass, the transit agency has launched a service for patrons to plan and pay for trips through a single app.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 9/10/2020 Reporter Robin Goist


TMACOG receives $23.6 million grant for Glass City Riverwalk
A pair of Ohio congressmen announced Thursday the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments is receiving over $20 million to build a multiuse path along the Maumee River.
Toledo Blade - 9/11/2020 Reporter Jay Skebba

Laketran officially launches additional service routes, first in 20 years

The future is now for Laketran.
Willoughby News Herald - 9/14/2020 Reporter Chad Felton
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