Life in Delaware County

Not Just A Lottery: States, Cities Incentivize Vaccinations

23 May , 2021  

NOTE: In addition to Ohio’s million dollar vaccination lottery, the first winner of which will be drawn on Monday, many jurisdictions are following suit with incentives. In the last few days, this has included state lotteries announced for New York, Maryland, and Oregon Ohio has seen a dramatic increase in vaccination rates, the local impact of which we will cover tomorrow.

This recent piece in Route Fifty is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. The original post can be read here

Boosting Covid-19 Vaccinations with $1 million Prizes, Free Crawfish, Hunting Licenses and More

By Brent Woodie, Route Fifty More…



Legislators Confident In School Funding Overhaul Staying In State Budget

20 May , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Two state legislators, including the chair of the Senate Primary & Secondary Education Committee, say a newly proposed funding formula is still alive in Ohio’s biennial budget.

State Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware, assured a recent Central Ohio virtual town hall including local educational representatives that despite the fact that the majority of the funding formula introduced during the last General Assembly died at the end of the year, the biennial budget brings with it the formula that lessens the weight of property taxes, and expands eligibility for private school voucher programs.

“I believe in this budget there will be a school funding formula in it,” Brenner said. More…

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Delaware Company Gains Tax Credit For Expansion

27 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted Monday announced the approval of assistance for six projects set to create 622 new jobs and retain 449 jobs statewide.

During its monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in more than $29 million in new payroll and spur more than $99 million in investments across Ohio.

One such credit was awarded to American Freight Management Company LLC of Delaware, which expects to create 37 full-time positions, generating $3.7 million in new annual payroll and retaining $6.2 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Delaware.

American Freight is a national retail chain offering brand-name furniture, mattresses and home accessories at discount prices.

The TCA approved a 1.822-percent, eight-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR, ODOT, And Ohio EPA Unveil Statewide Litter Campaign

26 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) have unveiled a statewide litter campaign to prioritize and promote the conversation around litter in Ohio.

“Litter is ugly and costly,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Earth Day is a great opportunity to recognize what each of us can do to help protect our planet. One of the things we can all do is help clean up litter – because a little bit of litter is a big problem.”

Research shows that 42% of Ohioans admit to having littered in the past month. Litter impacts many facets of Ohio, including Ohio’s transportation system, state parks, beach fronts, and waterways. More…

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Life in Delaware County

House GOP Spending Plan Includes 2% Personal Income Tax Cut

16 Apr , 2021  


Ohioans would receive a 2% personal income tax cut and the state would fund schools in a more equitable fashion under the latest version of the state budget introduced Tuesday by House Republicans.

The 2% cut would amount to $380 million in reduced taxes over two years beginning July 1, and is on top of $120 million in reduced taxes brought on by recently passed legislation that aligns Ohio tax code with federal law, according to majority GOP lawmakers.

The budget also provides previously announced $155 million in grants to help industries negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Details Emerge On Proposed Bill To Restrict ‘Vaccine Passports’ In Ohio

13 Apr , 2021  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

Republican-sponsored legislation will seek to prohibit the Ohio government from instituting a “vaccine passport” program, but the drafted proposal does not appear to restrict private businesses from doing so.

Rep. Al Cutrona, R-Canfield, is soon introducing this bill in the Ohio House of Representatives. It has already received support from fellow Republican lawmakers.

The term “vaccine passport” refers to showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination that could allow entry into a given place or public event. The vaccine is optional in Ohio, and Gov. Mike DeWine has given no indication the state government will develop a vaccine passport program here. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Half Of County Law Enforcement Agencies Adopt Community Policing Standards

12 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware; State of Ohio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath have released an update on the number of Ohio law enforcement agencies that have implemented Ohio’s statewide minimum standards on use of force, deadly force, hiring, and recruitment.

According to the 2021 Law Enforcement Certification Report issued today by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, a total of 529 law enforcement agencies in Ohio have fully adopted the primary standards and 11 agencies are in the process of adopting the primary standards set by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.

Those updates reflect that four of Delaware County’s eight law enforcement agencies are in some phase of the certification process, meaning that 76% of Delaware County’s population is covered in this aspect. That represents 177 of 259 enforcement officers. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Transportation Budget: What To Know And How It Impacts You

30 Mar , 2021  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio lawmakers recently approved a two-year transportation budget ahead of schedule and without much drama, sending the $8.3 billion package to Gov. Mike DeWine for a signature.

Legislators agreed to allocate billions of dollars toward maintaining and improving Ohio’s transportation infrastructure, including highways, roads and bridges. Despite the governor having proposed major cuts to public transit, lawmakers restored funding to pre-pandemic levels.

Both parties appear pleased with the final product, which will cover the upcoming Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023. More…


Life in Delaware County

Will State Medicaid Reforms Prove We Were Getting A Bad Deal?

16 Mar , 2021  

By Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal

The Ohio Department of Medicaid in January implemented a massive overhaul to the way it administers prescription drug benefits to more than a quarter of all Ohioans. Now, the department is hiring its own middleman to handle the transactions.

The department expects to save $128 million during the fiscal year starting July 1 and $184 million the year after that.

That raises an important question: Were the Ohio and federal taxpayers who fund Medicaid getting ripped off under the earlier arrangement, under which the state’s five managed-care plans hired their own middlemen? More…


Life in Delaware County

Ohio COVID-19 Snapshot For Monday, March 8, 2021

9 Mar , 2021  

Special To 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


In response to significant increase in the amount of vaccine coming into Ohio, Governor DeWine today outlined the individuals who are included in Phase 1D and Phase 2B of Ohio’s vaccination plan, which will go into effect on Thursday, March 11.

Phase 1D includes approximately 197,000 eligible Ohioans with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases, including type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio To Receive Nearly 450K Coronavirus Vaccines This Week

2 Mar , 2021  


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will receive nearly 450,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine this week thanks to the approval of a third vaccine, and the state is expanding eligible recipients to people 60 and over, pregnant women, day care workers, and police officers, among others, Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday.

The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Mike DeWine said the state will receive 96,100 doses of the vaccine this week.

That will bring to 448,390 total doses available this week in Ohio including Moderna and Pfizer vaccines the state was already scheduled to receive. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Bye Bye, Curfew – At Least For Now

12 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The move was anticipated after Governor Mike DeWine recently stated that the state’s COVID-19 curfew could be lifted if hospitalizations continued to hold steady or drop at or below 2,500 for seven straight days.

On Thursday at noon, that target was met and the Governor lifted the curfew which, until recently, had required Ohioans to stay home between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

In fact, the Governor shared about that target, “We’ve blown through that!” More…

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