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Columbus, whatcha gonna do when Wisconsin employers come for you?

Mark Elliott

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Wisconsin has plenty of beer, cheese, even headgear that resembles cheese, but the Badger State is sorely lacking in two areas—badgers and workers. Ignoring the varmint shortage, the state is actively recruiting talent to move north, soon targeting the 614.

The WSJ reported on all the new jobs coming to Wisconsin—over 45,000 by 2024. But the number of jobs far outweighs the number of workers which has forced the state’s Economic Development Group to go fishing in southern waters to catch future employees. Last year, Wisconsin spent $1 million to lure Chicago millennials to move, and they plan to spend another $7 million to expand that campaign to cities like Columbus.

One Chicago ad shows exhausted commuters exchanging their hour long train trip for a short Milwaukee car ride and more time for ballgames, cocktails, and kayaking. That won’t work here, and might not work there either.

So what would it take to tempt you into adopting snowshoes as your normal footwear?

Cost of living? Madison, where many of the new jobs are, will cost you 30 percent more to live than Columbus.

Sports? Brewers and Reds are both bottom dwellers however, the Packers do have more Super Bowl wins than Ohio’s NFL’ers combined. But the Badgers haven’t won a football championship since 1942 and have accepted defeat against the Scarlet and Gray a whopping 58 times. And no pro soccer at all.

Looking for love? Lots of single guys. But you’ll probably become a “deer widow” which means one month a year, you’re on your own (which might actually be an advantage).

To be honest, Milwaukee and Columbus have a lot in common (things to do, demographics, similar craft beer scenes) sans the weather dichotomy (average WI snowfall: 55 inches), Ohio being 7-0 over Wisconsin on producing presidents, and Green Bay being the “Toilet Paper Capitol of the World!”

Will the similarities work to Milwaukee’s advantage when trying to lure Cbusers? Or will the cost of living, semi-whimpy sports, and deer-obsessed men keep Columbus-dwellers in Columbus?

Guess we’ll find out this summer when ads are expected to come through our airwaves.

Columbus Native (Lincoln Village) I've spent my entire career in radio with stations across the South and Midwest. But I'm tired of moving around the country (my last employer wanted me in Albuquerque!) So I returned to CBus to be closer to friends and family and am freelancing now, including writing for (and about) 614. Reds, Bengals, Crew fan, and fan of whoever is playing the Cardinals and the Steelers.

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Ohio legislation could bring marijuana possession fines down to $10

Mike Thomas

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It’s not easy being green, but if Columbus City Council has its way, it might get a lot easier to hold some green.

On Monday, July 22, the council will vote on legislation that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in the city.

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If the measure is passed, those caught with up to 100 grams of cannabis would face just a $10 fine, with amounts between 100 and 200 grams earning a $25 penalty.

The council’s proposed measure would also contradict penalties enforced at the state level, meaning possession of up to 200 grams would no longer carry the threat of jail time.

A public hearing is planned this Thursday before the possibility of this new legislation getting the green light next week.


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Extreme, dangerous heat could be coming to central Ohio this week

Mike Thomas

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Freeze some ice packs, buy a spare fan, and get that rickety old AC unit serviced now—serious heat is on its way to the region later this week.

If forecasts from meteorologist Ross Ellet of 13 ABC in Toledo are accurate, central Ohio could be in for a scorching 111-degree day sometime between Thursday and Saturday. Note that this figure reflects the heat index, or the temperature it “feels like.”

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While our own NBC4’s forecast shows a slightly more conservative estimate, the projected heat index for Friday is still in the triple-digits at 107 degrees.

Extreme heat can be dangerous and even life-threatening, especially for the elderly and the very young. Be sure to check on vulnerable neighbors who may be without air conditioning during this summer heat wave, and keep your pets indoors and well-hydrated.

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“Egregious, sickening behavior,” Les Wexner breaks silence about Jeffrey Epstein

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L Brand founder Les Wexner has finally broken his silence after an alleged link was made between him and his former business manager Jeffrey Epstein.

In a statement sent to employees, Wexner claimed he severed ties with Epstein 12 years ago and was unaware of the allegations against him.

“I would not have continued to work with any individual capable of such egregious, sickening behavior as has been reported about him,” Wexner said.

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Epstein, a 66-year-old millionaire financier and registered sex offender, has been charged with sex trafficking dozens of minors between 2002 and 2005. Wexner hired Epstein to manage his multi-billion-dollar fortune in 1987.

Read more about the alleged link here.

You can read the full letter from Wexner below, per 10TV.

Dear associate,

I would never have guessed that a person I employed more than a decade ago could have caused such pain to so many people. My heart goes out to each and every person who has been hurt. I severed all ties with Mr. Epstein nearly 12 years ago. I would not have continued to work with any individual capable of such egregious, sickening behavior as has been reported about him. As you can imagine, this past week I have searched my soul … reflected … and regretted that my path ever crossed his.

When Mr. Epstein was my personal money manager, he was involved in many aspects of my financial life. But let me assure you that I was NEVER aware of the illegal activity charged in the indictment.

We all know that what is being reported about Mr. Epstein will receive significant news coverage. I fully expect that this will remain in the news for some time to come. And we don’t know what twists and turns these events will take … but I can assure you that I will continue to act in the company’s best interest as this unfolds, and I ask you to do the same. I am proud that our company has long-held core values – those values have never been more important than today, and I ask that we all wave them higher now than ever before.

Best regards,

Les

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