Seems counter intuitive, but Ohio is asking for $98.6 million from the Affordable Health Care Act program in order to save $126 billion. Those billions of dollars would be going to Medicaid and Medicare. If the request comes through, then Ohio would receive the money in four batches over four years to go toward outside vendors.
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.
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.
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.