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UPDATED WITH GOVERNOR DEWINE RESPONSE: Is Ohio Possibly Leaving Federal Money on the Table? Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program Provides Funds to the Self-Employed, Others not Eligible
While Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted have taken numerous actions to speed up unemployment assistance for Ohioans; there is one significant step that they have not taken. Under the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program (DUA), those individuals that are not normally eligible for unemployment assistance can receive it under certain circumstances.
According to the fact sheet provided by the State of Ohio, this can include self-employed workers, farmers and farm owners, those who lack sufficient weeks and wages in covered employment to be eligible for UC, and those with jobs that are not in covered employment, such as churches. DUA funds are made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are administered by states under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
To be eligible for this assistance, Governor Mike DeWine must request a Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the state. So far, New York, Washington, and California have requested and been granted these declarations by President Trump. However, the President has not yet approved their request for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
A number of other states have recently requested or are considering requesting this declaration. Those states include Iowa, which just days ago requested a declaration so they could obtain these funds.
While the State of Ohio has taken a number of important steps, they have not yet requested a Presidential Declaration of a Major Disaster. They should do so quickly.
According to a 2016 study, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that just over 10 percent of all U.S. workers were self-employed. That same study found that Ohio’s total rate of self -employment was then 8.9 percent, just under the national average. Under our latest data, before the impact of the Chinese Virus, Ohio had approximately 5.8 million people in the labor force. If this percentage is still accurate, then over half a million workers in Ohio could be self-employed.
I’ve asked the Governor and Lt. Governor if they plan on taking this step. I have not yet received a response and will update this post if and when I receive one. UPDATED: On March 23, 2020 Governor DeWine signed onto a joint letter requesting the use of these funds for states that request them. He hasn't yet requested a disaster declaration for Ohio yet, but its a start. A copy of the letter can be read here.
Scott A. Pullins is an Ohio attorney, public affairs consultant, and writer. For more information, please visit www.scottpullins.com. Permission to reprint is granted with proper attribution.
Sen. Sherrod Brown soon will have the political opportunity of a lifetime: In one fell swoop, he’ll be able to strike a blow against corporate greed, save Ohioans millions of dollars and demonstrate his bipartisan bona fides.
That opportunity? Working with the Trump administration to implement a much-needed Medicare reform.
The administration recently proposed a rule that would reduce Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs. The rule would effectively outlaw the secret backroom deals between pharmaceutical companies and drug-supply-chain middlemen that contribute to rising pharmacy prices. In 2017, Brown co-sponsored a bill that was similar to the administration’s proposal. He shouldn’t hesitate to support the rule now — and take on fellow Democrats who have reflexively condemned the reform without even reading it.
Read the test of the op-ed here.
The Ohio Conservative Energy Forum was incorporated as a charitable organization in Ohio on August 4, 2016 by Columbus attorney and lobbyist Terrence O’Donnell. See link to filing here.
According to his lobbying reports, O’Donnell represents a who’s who of left wing, alternative energy organizations. These include Advanced Energy Economy, Apex Clean Energy, Carbon Solutions Group, EDP Renewables, Green Tech Action Fund, Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, and Open Road Renewables. According to its website, the Green Tech Action Fund is affiliated with the Energy Foundation.
Tyler Duvelius is the current Executive Director of the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum. He previously served as the State Director of the Ohio Christian Coalition. According to the 2016 IRS 990 form for the Green Tech Action Fund, $79,000 was granted to the Christian Coalition of America to conduct a clean energy digital ad campaign and support the Ohio state director.
According to that same tax return, a grant of $60,000 was given to the Advance Energy Forum to support a digital advertising campaign in Ohio. Another $20,000 was given to the Wind Energy Foundation for that same purpose.
Bill Byers and Greg Bennett have lobbied for the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum since 2015. According to their lobbying reports, the address for the group is the same address as The Energy Foundation and its affiliated Green Tech Action Fund in San Francisco.
Michael Hartley has been identified as both the founder and a consultant for the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum. Hartley is a former John Kasich staffer and the current President of Swing State Strategies, a GOP public affairs consulting firm.
As I have previously written, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum is actually an effort by left wing, California based liberal organizations to coopt and corrupt Ohio Republicans. There is nothing conservative or Ohio about this group.
Once again, some GOP hired guns using the name Ohio Conservative Energy Forum are touting a poll purportedly showing that Ohio conservatives just love "clean energy". Don't be fooled. There is nothing conservative or Ohio about this group.
In fact, this is just the latest effort by far left, San Francisco based liberals to infiltrate and coopt Ohio Republicans. According to their lobbying reports, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum is simply a front for the San Francisco based Energy Foundation. Here's how Influence Watch describes the Energy Foundation:
The Energy Foundation is a left-of-center “pass through” charitable foundation founded by and supported by a network of left-wing organizations. The Foundation began in January 1991 as a $20 million collaborative between the Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Foundations, and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and has subsequently grown in partnerships and funding. The Energy Foundation describes itself as a nonpartisan “grantmaker,” with a focus on building a “new energy economy.” In reality, it is a medium for bundling vast sums of money from donors to far-left political causes, under the guise of philanthropy.
In December 2013, the Alabama Coal Association (ACA) accused several organizations of promoting a “war on coal.” The ACA cited roughly $3 million in grants given to anti-coal groups by the Energy Foundation, including the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Federal filings show that the grant intent was “the accelerated retirement of conventional coal-fired plants.”
Don't be fooled. The Ohio Conservative Energy Forum is a liberal, San Francisco wolf in sheep clothing.
The latest attempt to force a meeting of House Republicans to anoint Ryan Smith is just sad.
Here's the latest.
Kirk Schuring, who will not even serve as a Member of the Ohio House in 2019, has apparently sent out an email to House Republicans scheduling a closed door leadership election meeting. He did so, apparently, as "Caucus Chair".
This latest tactic is just sad. What if many of the GOP members refuse to show up? What if no candidate can obtain 50 votes, let alone the votes of a clear majority of the caucus? And how can a person that is not a member of the 133rd General Assembly even call such a meeting?
So far, only the Cleveland Plain Dealer has coverage of this. Meanwhile, increasingly more vicious emails continue to fly back and forth between GOP members.
Here's a pic of the email:
ICYMI - Bribery in the Ohio House? From today's Columbus Dispatch:
Householder said he approached Hoops about the interim speaker vote this past spring, when the House was selecting a replacement for Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, who resigned amid an FBI investigation.
“Jim Hoops admitted to me by phone that he had sold his vote for Speaker in exchange for a $60,000-per-year appointment to the Ohio House,” Householder said. “Under those despicable circumstances, Rep. Hoops has marginalized his decision making and could possibly be committing a felony by casting the vote he promised he would make.”
Here's a link to Ohio's definition of Bribery under the Revised Code.
And here's the link to the full Columbus Dispatch article.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer weighed in with their Speaker's vote analysis today. They did a much better job in reporting than the Columbus Dispatch did yesterday. However, here's my personal take:
Ryan Smith is counting on everyone who voted for him in the spring plus two new members coming to the House. Meanwhile, statehouse sources tell me that Smith's support has eroded significantly among those returning members. In fact, it is believed that at least 7 of those members now support Larry Householder.
Most likely it is because Ryan Smith made lots of promises to House Members about letting several floor votes take place during the lame duck session. Smith, like other moderates, believed that Mike DeWine would not be elected Governor. Now, Smith is waffling on all of the promises he made because he's afraid of embarrassing the incoming Governor with political show votes.
That's also why Smith is pushing for a quick vote now before his promises and his support unravels. More realistically a vote will not take place until any recounts in close races are determined.
Here's another reason why his support may be eroding. Word around Broad and High is that Ryan Smith has offered the coveted post of Finance Chairman to 4 different people in an effort to obtain their votes. He must think that no one ever talks to each other.
Predictably, the Columbus Dispatch posted an article today where Ryan Smith boasted that he has the support of a majority of Ohio House Republicans to be Speaker. He does not. Anytime Ryan Smith says a number, first subtract 10 to 15.
This is the same guy who repeatedly swore this spring that he had over 50 votes. I said he didn't and he never got over 44 after 11 public votes. In fact, Statehouse sources tell me that 7 of those 44 have already switched their support to Larry Householder and the numbers are climbing.
The great untold story of this election is how well Ohio House Republicans did despite Ryan Smith. Millions of OHROC dollars were wasted in primaries and in safe GOP seats this fall.
Our friends over at Americans for Limited Government have released a new report on the problems with solar power. Their news release is below:
ALGF Releases Report on the Problems of Solar Energy
Aug. 20, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Today, Americans for Limited Government Foundation released a study entitled, “Solar Power Harms Taxpayers and Consumers and Endangers the Reliability of the Grid.” The study points out the problems with solar energy from taxpayer-funded subsidies and increased costs for utility customers to grid reliability concerns.
Solar energy receives heavy federal subsidies that are far more generous than the subsidies for natural gas, coal, or even wind. In addition to federal support, states have also enacted policies to prop up solar power. State renewable energy mandates have encouraged the generation of solar energy. In dozens of states, utility companies are forced to compensate solar panel owners for the excess electricity that they supply to the grid. Those programs are funded by other utility customers.
But in the rush to increase solar power generation, some of the disadvantages of solar power are being overlooked. The intermittency of solar power is a particular problem. This intermittency necessitates the availability of ample backup power plants to ramp up when clouds obscure the sun. Solar power’s intermittency also complicates the job of grid operators to keep the grid adequately supplied with electricity.
The money spent on solar subsidies and new solar plants would be better spent on maintaining and upgrading the creaky, aging grid. After all, huge portions of the grid are at or beyond their expected service life.
“The mandates and incentives to build solar plants and install solar panels have to stop. Taxpayers are being fleeced, working class consumers are subsidizing their wealthier neighbors’ solar panels, and the reliability of the grid is being threatened,” said Richard McCarty, Director of Research at Americans for Limited Government Foundation.
“The money being spent to build new solar power plants in remote locations, to connect them to the grid, and to maintain backup power plants would be much better spent on upgrading our aging grid,” said Richard Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government.
To view online: https://getliberty.org/2018/08/algf-releases-report-on-the-problems-of-solar-energy/
“Solar Power Harms Taxpayers and Consumers and Endangers the Reliability of the Grid,” By Richard McCarty, August 17, 2018 at http://algresearch.org/2018/08/solar-power-harms-taxpayers-and-consumers-and-endangers-the-reliability-of-the-grid/
Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0080 ext. 1003.
Scott Pullins is an attorney, a charter school board member, a consultant, political analyst, and writer.
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