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Ohio’s unemployment rate was down slightly in June. It was an even 4% last month compared to 4.1% in May. Companies in Ohio have jobs that are going unfilled right now.

Jody Davis, testifies at the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB11. She shares stories of discrimination as a transgender woman.
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Several people identifying as LGBTQ went before an Ohio Senate committee to tell their stories of discrimination. They want lawmakers to approve the “Ohio Fairness Act,” a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the state’s anti-discrimination law. 

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Business groups are blasting the Ohio House version of the budget for a change it makes to a controversial tax deduction – the one that allows many small businesses to take the first $250,000 of their income tax-free.

The energy bill that would bail out nuclear plants while repealing the state’s green energy standards on utilities is collecting a variety of opponents that don’t usually take the same side.

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Beginning July 1, Ohio’s gas tax will increase by 10.5 cents per gallon for regular fuel. The tax on diesel will go up by 19 cents, because big trucks do most of the damage on Ohio’s roads.

Job seekers at one of two fulfillment centers in Central Ohio.
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A new report from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce says businesses it surveyed in the Buckeye State plan to hire employees despite the uncertainty of economic stability.

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township in Paulding County, Ohio.
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A bill that would overhaul the way Ohio mandates the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency is likely to get a vote in the Senate this week. 

The largest business group in the state has put together a free online toolkit for any employer who’s dealing with opioid problems in the workplace – showing just how serious the epidemic is to businesses in Ohio.

Rep. Nickie Antonio, a Democrat from Lakewood, discusses the latest push for her bill the Ohio Fairness Act, which extends protections against house and employment discrimination to LGBTQ people.
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A Democratic state lawmaker says if Ohio wants to become more appealing as a place to move a business or to move a family, it must create protections for LGBTQ people. There could be new momentum for a bill that has stalled several times in the last decade.

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A bill that would prohibit employers, including hospitals, from requiring workers to get a flu vaccine has passed out of an Ohio House committee. But there are signs that it won’t make it to the full House floor in its current form.

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The debate over gun-free zones is back in full swing at the Statehouse as lawmakers argue which should take precedence: the rights of gun owners or the rights of property owners.