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BWC agrees to pay small biz owners back for overcharges

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It’s been a seemingly arduous battle for small business owners who have felt gouged by the BWC, but the agency has finally succumbed to paying the owners back for the overcharges over the years. More than $400 million will be doled out to about 250,000 small business. The settlement that was reached Wednesday night was a major win for small business who have been fighting the BWC for quite a while.

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Previously July 1, 2014
Kasich siding with BWC over small businesses

Governor John Kasich has taken his stance on the Bureau of Workers Compensation paying back overcharges to small businesses, but it’s probably not the one business owners were hoping for when they pleaded with him to become more involved. The courts have ordered the BWC to pay pack the millions of dollars it owed, and Governor Kasich has taken the corner with the bureau. “Well, look, the fact is in the past, I didn’t like what the rates were. We’ve changed those rates, OK? In the process, the question is who should set rates? The bureau has to set rates. It can’t just flip a coin up in the air. There have been improvements made to the system,” the governor told NBC4. While changes have been made, many workers are unhappy with the years of harm the overcharges did to their businesses, and in many times, even sinking their companies.
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Previously June 20, 2014
Small biz commercials pressuring Kasich for action

An ad is scheduled to start running today, attacking the Bureau of Workers Compensation, and accusing the group of gouging small business owners with fees. Ron Foreman, the focal point of the commercial, pleas with Governor Kasich to become more involved with the BWC to help business owners get paid back. Foreman’s fees went from about $10,000 to over $100,000 and he tells his story of bankruptcy on the commercial. The ad is focused on getting Governor Kasich to force the BWC to pay back the $1 million the courts have ordered it to do so, but so far the company has refused according to NBC4.

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City Attorney Klein, Columbus leaders outline need, steps for police reform

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Elder Larry Price speaks at the police reform press conference on Wednesday, June 3.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and a few Columbus community leaders gathered at the Michael B. Coleman Government Center for a press conference addressing plans to “reform the culture of justice in Columbus.”

Klein, who has been urged to improve the systematic problems with policing, acknowledged during the press conference that “there’s systematic racism in every step of government.”

Asking the rhetorical question, What are we going to do about it?, Klein followed with, “The time for action is now.”

Those who spoke at the press conference also included:

  • Elder Larry Price, chairman of the Criminal and Justice Committee and Columbus chapter of the NAACP
  • Stephanie Hightower, president of CEO of the Columbus Urban League
  • Pastor Frederick LaMarr, president of the Baptist Pastor’s Conference of Columbus

LaMarr led off the discussion, delivering a message to “set aside differences to bring about real reform.”

Klein then made a few brief comments before giving Hightower and Price a chance to speak.

“Racism should’ve never been a part of the American epic,” Hightower said.

Price, who will also be speaking on behalf of the NAACP on Friday at 12 p.m., asking for a citizen review board in Columbus.

“The oldest, boldest, baddest organization on the earth now says, It is time. Enough is enough,” Price said.

Klein outlined the immediate actions that the Columbus government is going to take to reform systematic racism in the police department. 

They are outlined as follows:

  • Appoint special counsel from outside of the city to investigate the ongoing protests in Columbus, something that was also done in Charlottesville
  • Conduct a review of the Columbus Police Department’s procedures of clearing the streets of peaceful protests
  • Change the Columbus Division of Police’s use of chemical agents against nonviolent protesters
  • Submitted evidence to the Columbus Division of Police  Internal Affairs Bureau of uses of chemical agents and encourage Columbus citizens 
  • Create a citizen review board
  • Move charging decisions for alleged misdemeanor criminal offenses to inside the Columbus city attorney’s office for review before they are filed
  • Conduct a review of the Columbus City Code
  • Achieve police-community reform

Klein then took time after outlining the city's plan to answer questions from the media. A topic addressed in those questions included mention of the treatment of reporters in Columbus, specifically from The Lantern. 

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NY Times lauds Dr. Amy Acton with video tribute

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If you live in Ohio, you'd have to have been living under rock these last 6 weeks to not know who Dr. Amy Acton is. Now the NY Times is making sure the rest of the country knows too with this nearly 7-minute tribute video titled, "The leader we all wish we had".

As the state's lead spokesperson on the healthcare side of the pandemic, Acton has received wide praise from both near and far. Despite recent protests that occurred outside of her Bexley home, most Ohioans believe she has been a shining star in these dark times.

She has a tribute t-shirt, "Not all Heroes Wear capes" created by Homage

Her own (Ok, Gov. Dewine too) tribute parody video

Her very own bobblehead from the Bobblehead Hall of Fame

A Facebook Fan Page with over 133,000 members

Here's our profile piece from the April issue of (614) Magazine - the cover of which is featured in the NY Times video. Very cool, Sarah!

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Views from the state house protest

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For the third consecutive day, hundreds of protestors were out in force around the state house grounds. The demands of the loosely organized crowd are as diverse as the people in it. Signs run the gamut from - lifting the stay-at-home order, anti-vaccine issues, damage caused by non-essential business closures, constitutionality, and even a plea to release Joe Exotic.

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