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ODP and ORP Elect New Chairs

March 9, 2021 |

In the last couple of months, the Ohio Democratic Party and the Ohio Republican Party have both elected new chairs to lead the respective parties going forward. ODP elected its first Chairwoman, Elizabeth Walters, on January 14 after former Chairman David Pepper’s departure, and ORP elected Robert Paduchik on February 26 after former Chairman Jane…

Coronavirus Updates March 5

March 5, 2021 |

This week was the one year anniversary of Ohio’s cancellation of the Arnold Classic, which is seen by many as the start of Ohio’s response to COVID-19.  Governor DeWine held COVID press briefings on Monday and Thursday this week. The Ohio General Assembly is expected to introduce four companion bills to authorize $2.15 billion in…

Impact Ohio 2021 Plans

March 1, 2021 |

Impact Ohio Regional Conferences are a way for communities across Ohio to focus on issues important to their community.  Plans are underway to hold regional events in 2021.  While the Coronavirus pandemic will factor into those plans, we hope that later this year it will be safe to resume in-person events. Impact Ohio plans to…

Coronavirus Updates February 26

February 26, 2021 |

This week, Governor DeWine held COVID press briefings on Monday and Thursday. On Monday, Governor DeWine provided more detail about his plan for the state’s vaccine distribution based on age. He maintained that the focus will be to vaccinate Ohioans who are 65 and above, to ensure that everyone over 65 is vaccinated first. At…

Coronavirus Updates February 19

February 19, 2021 |

This week, Governor DeWine held COVID press briefings on Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesday, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio’s centralized scheduling website has been created, and the Ohio Department of Health is now working with vaccine providers to enroll them in the system. The website will serve as a singular location for Ohioans to confirm…

House Finance Committee Hears First Round of ODE Budget Testimony for K-12 Education

February 13, 2021 |

On Thursday, February 11, Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Superintendent Paolo DeMaria offered budget testimony for Ohio’s FY 2022-2023, heard by the Ohio House Finance Committee. Superintendent DeMaria’s testimony covered the various proposals suggested in the executive budget for FY 2022-2023, including justifications and context on where the progress of different ODE programs currently are.…

Coronavirus Updates February 12

February 12, 2021 |

This week, Governor DeWine held COVID press briefings on Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesday, Governor DeWine announced progress toward the goal of getting K-12 students back into the classroom by March 1. In December, 45 percent of Ohio students were attending school remotely full-time, but today, less than 15 percent of Ohio students are still…

House Finance Committee Hears First Round of ODHE Testimony

February 12, 2021 |

The House Finance Committee heard over five hours of testimony on Thursday, February 11 relating to the Governor’s proposed FY 2022-2023 budget. Randy Gardner, the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, testified as a proponent for the proposed budget, and requested a 1.9% increase ($38 million) for the State Share of Instruction, which…

House Finance Committee Hears First Round of HHS Budget Testimony

February 11, 2021 |

Yesterday, the Ohio House Finance Committee completed the first round of hearings regarding Ohio’s FY 2022-2023 Operating Budget for Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS directors participated in 12 hours of testimony that covered the Governor’s budget proposal. The Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid, Maureen Corcoran’s, written testimony can be found here.…