Cuyahoga County leader proposes permanent sales tax to pay for new prison: The Wake Up for Thursday, September 23, 2021
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Local scores: Indians vs Kansas City Royals, postponed
Tax increase: Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish is proposing to pay a new half-billion-dollar jail, in part by permanently extending a quarter-percent sales tax that will expire in 2027. Courtney Astolfi reports that the proposed tax increase would keep Cuyahoga County sales tax rate at 8% – the highest in the state – indefinitely. The extension is not subject to voter approval, but it would require county council approval.
State of schools: The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is set to embark on a multi-year plan to improve technology, expand educational offerings and position students for success, District CEO Eric Gordon said on Wednesday during his 11th speech on the state of schools. Using the stimulus funds, the district plans to provide each student and educator with an iPad, Chromebook or laptop and allow seniors to keep their laptops after graduation. Hannah Drown reports that the district will also place medical professionals at each CMSD campus and dedicate time before and after the traditional school day to provide students with additional access to art, music and physical education.
Districts of Congress: Shortly after completing the new State House and Senate district lines, Ohio state lawmakers took the first step toward redesigning the state’s congressional districts. Andrew Tobias reports that a state Senate committee on Wednesday amended an unrelated bill to add language explaining how the public can submit congressional card proposals electronically or by mail, and requiring that any proposed card be posted on the state redistribution website.
This week at CLE: Mayfield Police will begin using a handheld camera on a strip of I-271 to identify and photograph speeding tickets. The chief says radar is about safety; the average ticket written by Mayfield Police is 89mph, but we’re wondering how much money the tickets will bring in this week in the CLE, cleveland.comhalf-hour daily news podcast.
No OT: The Ohio Senate again passed a bill that would exempt employers from paying workers overtime for commuting and checking messages after hours. Andrew Tobias and Jeremy Pelzer report the bill is a priority for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Lawsuit dismissed: A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the cases of about 300 former students and athletes who accused Ohio State University of covering up the work of a sexual predator who was a university doctor. U.S. District Judge Michael Watson in Columbus said student claims against the university were barred because the statute of limitations had expired. John Caniglia reports that under Ohio state law this means victims have two years to bring legal action from the date the incident took place.
COVID treatments: MetroHealth System and Case Western Reserve University are among medical centers in Ohio that are part of a global drug trial looking for new COVID-19 treatments to help patients avoid hospitalization, death or a long COVID. Julie Washington reports that the need for new therapies is so urgent that the trial, called ACTIV-2, is simultaneously evaluating several potential treatments.
Ryan COVID: When U.S. Representative Tim Ryan’s taste waned on Sunday, the Niles-area Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate thought he better get tested for the coronavirus even though he was vaccinated and recently tested negative. On Monday, he was quarantined with his family after testing positive for the virus which has killed more than 600,000 Americans. Sabrina Eaton has an interview with Ryan.
Additional security: US Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio wants to update the Supplemental Security Income program, which provides financial assistance to nearly 8 million seniors and the blind and disabled, reports Sabrina Eaton. As chairman of the Senate finance subcommittee on social security, pensions and family policy, he introduced a bill that will improve benefit levels that have not been updated since the 1980s and stop punishing program participants for getting part-time jobs, getting married and saving for the future.
Old Kmart: A developer planning to renovate a former Kmart site in West Park plans to bring an ALDI, Starbucks and other national chains grocer to the Cleveland neighborhood. Eric Heisig reports that New York-based TLM Realty is considering transforming the Lorain Avenue and West 150th Street site, which has become an eyesore since Kmart closed in 2017. TLM also has deals for Burlington, Ross Dress for Less and Big Lots.
Pill Services: The Diocese of Cleveland has announced the funeral services for Bishop Anthony Pilla, who died Tuesday at the age of 88. Cameron Fields reports that the funeral mass will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist’s Cathedral in downtown Cleveland, with Bishop Edward Malesic celebrating.
The highest property jumps: The reassessment of Cuyahoga County property values ââin 2021 caused home values ââto jump 16% on average across the county. Courtney Astolfi has the list of the biggest increases, with Maple Heights at 29%.
Judge Sheehan: Judges of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court elected Judge Brendan Sheehan to be the court’s chief legal officer for another two years, Cory Shaffer reports. Sheehan will begin his second term as the tribunal’s administrative judge in January, responsible for overseeing the operations of the tribunal and representing the judiciary in political discussions.
Concerns of the Convention: Content Marketing World returns in person next week, with more than 1,500 people expected as the delta variant of the coronavirus increases. Alexis Oatman reports that all participants and support staff will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative test administered within 72 hours of arriving at the event.
Criminal fire: A Summit County jury on Tuesday found an Akron man guilty of killing nine people, including seven family members, by setting two homes on fire in 2016 and 2017. Kaylee Remington reports that Stanley Ford, 62 years, was convicted of more than two dozen. counts of aggravated murder, aggravated arson and attempted aggravated murder.
Ultramarathons: Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes answers running and ultramarathon questions on Twitter, like why do they give out belt buckles for ultramarathons? See the video from cleveland.com’s sister site, Wired.
Van Gogh: Since last year, Immersive Van Gogh has become one of the hottest art experiences in the world, sparking a new widespread interest in the post-impressionist works of the Dutch painter. But the experience – a dip in a room full of artistic projections and animation – is it worth the price of $ 39.99 to $ 49.99? Anne Nickoloff reports that this is a difficult question to answer.
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