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614 Meme: Study shows “Columbus is an affordable place to live”

Mitch Hooper

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An article from Columbus Business First reported that according to GOBankingRates, Columbus is a relatively affordable place to live stacked up against other cities.

In the report, the findings show the median income in Columbus is $49,478. The report also looked into the required income needed to be a homeowner and renter in each of the 50 cities. In Columbus, homeowners are said to need an income of $68,775 to afford to live comfortably, while renters need an income of $75,063. The gap between median income and required income for homeowners is $19,277. Renters see that price go higher as they are looking at a $25,585 gap.

In comparison, Cleveland—the cheapest city to live in among the 50 larges cities—checked in at $27,854. Other cities like San Jose, California topped out at $96,662.

Also to compare, Dallas, Texas has a median income slightly less than Columbus at $47,285. However, homeowners in Dallas are facing a required income of $83,140, while renters need an income of $87,964. The gap between median income and required income for homeowners in Dallas is $35,855. Again, that price goes higher for renters as their gap jumps to $40,679.

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Though Cleveland is the cheapest place to live of the 50 major cities, it’s gap for median income and required income for renters isn’t far off from Dallas. The required income for renters in Cleveland is $64,883 making a $37,029 gap.

The study’s findings were based off the 50/30/20 rule which says 50% of your income goes to necessities, 30% into splurges and fun, and 20% into savings.

“And it’s true: How much money you need to live comfortably is just much higher in the big city, putting the 50/30/20 rule out of reach for most of its residents. That’s why a new GOBankingRates study lays out just how much you need to earn to live comfortably in each of America’s 50 largest metropolises based on the cost of living by city. Using Zillow to calculate housing costs in each locale and Sperling’s Best Places to estimate the price of other necessities like transportation, groceries and healthcare, the end result is a clear sense of just how much you would need to be bringing in to stick to the 50/30/20 rule at average levels of spending in each category.” —Joel Anderson, GOBankingRates

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Columbus company cracks top 15 on Glassdoor’s list of best places to work

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Each year, Glassdoor (the website where current and former employees anonymously review companies) releases its list of the 100 best places to work.

Coming in strong at #15 in the 2020 edition of the ranking is the Ohio-based company CoverMyMeds, which operates the largest of its offices in Columbus. Employees of the healthcare software firm cited company culture and opportunities for personal growth as positive factors.

Founded in 2008 in Twinsburg and Columbus, CoverMyMeds has about 1,300 employees across all its Cleveland, Columbus and remote locations.

For more information on Glassdoor's rankings and to view the complete list of the 100 best places to work in 2020, visit glassdoor.com.

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Ohio House passes bill forbidding plastic bag bans

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UPDATE: A full year after the issue was first raised by lawmakers, the Ohio House passed a measure forbidding any bans on the use of plastic bags, according to a report from The Dispatch.

The majority Republican chamber voted 57-35 on Wednesday to approve House Bill 242, which would prevent bans on the use of plastic bags by grocery stores, restaurants and other retailers. The measure will now move to the State Senate for approval.

The legislation also would also protect other single-use plastic products such as food containers and plastic straws from being banned.

The city of Bexley passed a ban on single-use plastic bags in May of 2019, but that legislation would be unable to go into effect if House Bill 242 is passed.

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10/18/2018: After Kroger announced its plan to phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across its stores by 2025, some Ohio lawmakers are trying to stop municipalities from doing the same.

The Republican sponsors of HB625 and SB210 say the state as a whole should decide on a ban or fee on disposable plastic bags to avoid a patchwork of regulations from local governments to local governments, reports WOSU.

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Opponents of the legislation believe business owners at the community level should have the right to decide for themselves whether to implement a ban or a fee, though.

HB625 is scheduled for a committee hearing later this month which could result in a vote.

Do you side with the legislation or the opponents?

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Columbus man shares sexual assault allegations against OSU doctor on NBC News

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As sexual assault accusations continue to mount in the case against an Ohio State University sports doctor, one alleged victim shared his story on a national platform.

NBC News recently published an interview with Stephen Snyder-Hill, a Columbus-native, LGBTQ activist, and military veteran who has accused Dr. Richard Strauss of sexually assaulting him as a student over two decades ago.

Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005

Snyder-Hill told NBC after years of trying to suppress the memories of 1995, it all came flooding back when allegations first surfaced against Strauss last year.

Now, Snyder-Hill is among hundreds of men accusing Strauss of sexual abuse, and more than a dozen individuals seeking legal action against the university.

For more on Snyder-Hill's allegations against Strauss, visit nbcnew.com.

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