Why are Ohio cities receiving less stimulus money than expected? The Wake Up for Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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Local results: Indians 6, Los Angeles Angels 5
Stimulus Watch: The Clevelanders were surprised last week to learn the city is receiving $ 30 million less than the Congressional Research Service’s initial estimate. Robin Goist reports that the initial estimates used incorrect data and did not include all eligible Ohio metropolitan areas. Therefore, the final distributions were different from the original estimates, ranging from 6.6% less to 5.6% more. The vast majority of Ohio cities are receiving less than originally forecast.
Bail: A non-partisan group of Ohio lawmakers revealed plans to reform the state’s bail system on Tuesday, arguing the current system wrongly decides who stays behind bars based on the amount of money they have. Jeremy Pelzer reports that under the twin laws introduced in the Ohio House and Senate, judges would have the ability to determine whether he or she should be released within 24 hours of a defendant’s arrest, and within 48 hours Judges doing this hold a condition of release hearing.
PUCO Chairman: Jenifer French, the new chairman of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, wants to make the state utility regulator more transparent to the public following the House Bill 6 scandal. Westerville Republican former judge and city council member Jeremy Pelzer says she would like to find ways for the public to learn about the commissioners’ thought processes and questions put to staff behind the scenes.
West Side Market: Cleveland’s historic West Side Market is available for upgrades of $ 2.1 million as part of the city’s 2021 Capital Improvement Program. Robert Higgs reports the work is part of approximately $ 31 million earmarked for public buildings, parks, recreation centers, and other plots across the city. These include improving the electrical system, repairing masonry on the bell tower, improving temperature control and building new stalls.
This is bountiful: Rich Exner writes that as a parent, he did not receive a child tax credit. But to imply that this is a newly created tax giveaway is an over-simplification of things. Today’s parents are not getting the personal per child exemption – the reduction in their taxable income – that has been built into federal tax forms for so many years.
This week at the CLE: Lt. Governor Jon Husted is making it easier to report workers who do not return during the pandemic and continue to accumulate unemployment. But why can’t the state take a holistic approach to employment? We’ll talk about it this week on CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.
New numbers: Another 100 Ohio residents have died from COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the death toll to 19,628. Laura Hancock reports that cases rose 993 on Tuesday, below the 21-day moving average of 1,207.
Census data: A federal appeals court joined Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost in its lawsuit in order to compel the U.S. Census Bureau to provide detailed population data necessary to meet state deadlines for drawing new political districts. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling paves the way for the state to get the data in raw form by mid-August instead of waiting until September 30, when the Census Bureau estimated it had the detailed breakdowns would deliver, Jeremy Pelzer reports.
Eviction Moratorium: Some Cleveland City Council members are considering a local eviction moratorium to provide a safety net for renters amid concerns that a federal ban on evictions for nonpayment could end soon. But Eric Heisig reports that city officials are facing pressure from rental groups to see the moratorium come to an end, and the mayor’s office says the city has no authority to issue such a ban.
Water pipe replacement: Cleveland’s water department plans to replace pipes for 450 daycare centers in Cuyahoga County and the surrounding areas this summer, reports Robert Higgs. The program is supported by funds from the state of Ohio. The state initially allocated $ 1 million to the work, but then added another $ 500,000.
Jun 19: Cuyahoga county workers would be given paid vacation on June 19 – plus the option of extra paid time off as electoral workers – according to a proposal approved by a Cuyahoga county committee on Tuesday, Courtney Astolfi reports.
Vax-a-Million: Ohio’s Vax-a-Million website is online offering people the chance to sign up for the lottery for full scholarships or the chance to win $ 1 million. Laura Hancock reports that while some people report registry problems, the problem is likely with their browser and they need to refresh or clear their cache.
Hate Crime: Sabrina Eaton reports that the U.S. House of Representatives passed draft law on Tuesday to investigate coronavirus-induced spike in violence against Asian-American citizens. Jordan said perpetrators of violent crimes should be held accountable, but said he had “serious concerns” about aspects of legislation such as setting up “ambiguous hotlines for people to report anything they find problematic”, and setting up online incident reporting for complaints without defining what to report.
Child Credit: Mark your calendar for July 15th if you have children under the age of 17. That is the day that around 39 million households across the country, which covers roughly 88 percent of the country’s children, will receive their first monthly payment from the expanded and newly eligible child tax credit, reports Sabrina Eaton.
Thank You Teacher: Here is your opportunity to say thank you to the teacher who inspired your child over the past school year despite the pandemic – or to pay tribute to all of the dedicated teachers in northeast Ohio. Brenda Cain has a form you can submit to pay tribute.
Biles Thomas Trial: Prosecutors on Tuesday closed their case against a US Army soldier who was shot and killed for the murder of three people at a New Year’s Eve party in 2018. Cory Shaffer reports that the state phoned dozens of witnesses in five days of testimony in the trial of Tevin Biles-Thomas. Of them, only two identified him as being shot in a shootout.
ISIS attempt: A resident of northwest Ohio admitted Tuesday that he planned to carry out a mass shooting in a synagogue to show his loyalty to ISIS. John Caniglia reports that 23-year-old Damon Joseph from Holland pleaded guilty to the US District Court in Toledo in attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization and to commit a hate crime.
Hospital Escape: A 17-year-old boy accused of multiple armed robbery and rapes in Ohio City escaped from a state hospital on Saturday, Adam Ferrise reports. U.S. Marshals and the State Highway Patrol say Lavelle Spencer fled the Warrensville Developmental Center in Highland Hills, one of eight government agencies for people with developmental disabilities, around 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Carjackings: Adam Ferrise reports that three teenagers alleged to have committed nine carjackings in the Cleveland area, including eight within three days, have been detained.
Progressive Field: The Indians announced Tuesday that their ballpark would be 100% full from June 2, with optional masks, Paul Hoynes reports. Tickets for all remaining home games will go on sale on May 26th at 10am
Eggs Benedict: Cleveland.com’s sister site, Bon Appetit, asked three distinguished chefs – Chris Morocco, Melissa Miranda, and Harold Villarosa – to each make different versions of the same dish: Eggs Benedict.
Summer Movies: Look forward to two Marvel movies this summer, a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the ninth movie (9!) In The Fast and the Furious series, and a number of horror sequels. Joey Morona lists 30 films we look forward to from now through Labor Day.
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